Local Jiu Jitsu Star ‘Fights to Win’

Courtesy photo    Professor Sergio Silva, right, a fourth degree Black Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a black belt in Judo knew exactly what he had to get done to win the Fight to Win tournament Nov. 17 in Richmond.

Alameda Black Belt wins again

Alameda native Sergio Silva won his third professional jiu-jitsu fight at the Fight to Win 94 event on Nov. 17 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond.

Silva fought off his opponent and the air quality to grab the victory. Silva defeated Bill Hotter by unanimous decision. Silva said he knew exactly what he had to do to execute his game plan and obtain the victory. With an element surprise technique Silva was able to shoot the Omoplata, a type of arm lock submission, giving him the edge for the ultimate submission hold transitioning to a triangle arm bar back to Omoplata. 

The fight was cut short in the last minute from eight minutes per match to seven minutes per match due of the quality of the air. High school and college athletic events in the East Bay were canceled, but the Fight to Win event continued. Athletes had to stop exercising outside and finish their training indoors.

There were 35 matches on the card. Silva fought in the Black Belt division. Silva is a fourth degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and a black belt in Judo. This was the second professional fight victory for Silva in 2018. He won his first pro fight last year in Sacramento. Silva who is a former World Champion of Submission Wrestling and a multiple times National and International champion in BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

Silva is a professor at his state-of-the-art BJJ and MMA academy, Team Silva Martial Arts Academy. The academy, which Silva owns and operates, is located at 1502 Park St. The academy offers programs for students of all ages and genders. To learn more about Team Silva Academy, call 263-8700.