Inyodo explodes onto scene at champs
DENVER – A lot of people in the jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts scene have been asking Donald Cerrone why he trains in the Vail Valley.At the Rocky Mountain Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation’s National Cup Tournament in late February, Cerrone and the Inyodo Studio in Edwards handed out plenty of answers.Inyodo, in its first tournament ever, took second among a field of 20 gyms, despite only bringing 10 athletes.”We only had 10. It’s Vail – we don’t have 300 guys working out in our gym,” said Carlos Carvalho, director of Inyodo. “The team that we lost to brought 50-some guys.”
Cerrone, who has a fighting record of 29-0 on the MMA circuit, was one of five from Inyodo to top the podium in Denver.”These gyms came in from all over, and they all know (Donald) and ask him, ‘Why are you training in Vail? You should come train with us,'” said Jason Field, who along with Carvalho instructs at Inyodo. “By the end of that day, the question was answered.”While Cerrone was tops in the white belt light weight, (156-171 pounds), he also took second in the white belt absolute II class (186 and above).”Donny fought nine times,” Field said.Russell Boggs was first in the white fly belt, followed by Ian Mitchell in second. Robert Hermosillo was first in the white belt welter class, Chad Laposky won the white belt master class, Isaac Magdaleno topped things in the blue belt feather class, while John Manley was second in the blue belt light class.
Other top finishers include Michael Baldwin, Josh Eaton, Ian Mitchell and FieldOne gymAlthough this was the group’s first competition, they have been training together for a while.
“We’re a tight-knit group here in Vail,” Field said. What’s really pleasant about the gym is that everyone is out to help each other than establish a pecking order.”There are a few advantages to the gym’s location that have been instrumental, Field said.”One nice thing is that there’s not all the city distractions,” he said. “And the high altitude definitely helps.”With its top finish, Inyodo put its name up there with the other schools in the state.”Every school that participates is an elite school and all have their names established,” Field said. “Some of them know us, at least on a friendly basis, but as a team, we went in and blew them away. We essentially in one day put ourselves on the map.”
There was a downside to the tournament, however.”No girlfriend left their happy,” Field said, noting all the bouts gave the competitors more than a few bruises. “When you (fight) that much, you don’t walk every well the next day.”Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.