This article and the accompanying footage of Gracie Barra Hastings (Sina Torab, Kial Wilkins, and Sam Antonen) v Team Slovakia (Nino Ondris, Tomas Ondris, and Martin Svajda) from Alpha Grappling Championships: Battle Zone 2 is part of Free Fight Friday, our ongoing project to bring the best in professional Jiu-Jitsu competition to everyone. To avoid spoilers for the match, scroll directly to the footage below.
Alpha Grappling Championships are one of the most exciting promotions based in the UK and they’ve been hard at work putting together a variety of different events that highlight the rulesets they use. Their ‘Battle Zone’ events use an interesting take on the team grappling format, where teams of 3 grapplers all from the same weight class face one another. The teams compete against one another in a series of 5 matches, and whoever wins 3 of them will advance to the next stage of the tournament.
Their second Battle Zone event took place on February 25th, 2023 and the tournament featured teams of competitors weighing under 70kg. Among the teams competing was one representing the Gracie Barra affiliate in Hastings, England and one representing Slovakia. Both teams had 3 solid grapplers and they were up against tough opposition like ADCC veterans Ashley Williams and Eoghan O’Flanagan. Although neither Gracie Barra Hastings or Team Slovakia were able to win the tournament, both teams put up a valiant effort and the match between them makes for fantastic viewing.
Subscribe to the official JitsMagazine YouTube channel for more Free Fight Friday footage, and the full match between Gracie Barra Hastings (Sina Torab, Kial Wilkins, and Sam Antonen) and Team Slovakia (Nino Ondris, Tomas Ondris, and Martin Svajda) can be found below: