Atlas Jiu Jitsu from Albany, New York, Conquers Toronto, Becomes IBJJF Team Champs

From Upstate Underdogs to Toronto Triumph: The Epic Saga of Albany’s Atlas Jiu jitsu Academy

In the heart of Albany, New York, a small Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) academy known as Atlas Jiu jitsu had been quietly nurturing a dream that transcended their humble beginnings. The dream, as passionately articulated by their head coach, was none other than to clinch an IBJJF Team Trophy. The journey to realizing this audacious goal led them to the grand stage of the Toronto International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Championship, where Atlas Jiu jitsu etched their name in the annals of BJJ history with an electrifying and triumphant performance.

The anticipation leading up to the championship was nothing short of electric, with the Atlas team bearing the hopes and dreams of their academy and the Albany community on their shoulders. Competing against a formidable field of 84 teams, it was undoubtedly one of the most challenging tournaments they had ever faced. As their coach emphatically proclaimed, “Today, a small academy from Upstate New York traveled to another country with 40 athletes to take on 84 teams.” The stage was set for an epic showdown.

Against all odds, the Atlas team delivered a performance for the ages. With unwavering teamwork, unparalleled dedication, and an indomitable spirit, they achieved the seemingly impossible. Their crowning glory came in the form of the 1st place No Gi Team Trophy and the 3rd place Gi Trophy, an accomplishment that declared them the “TORONTO IBJJF TEAM CHAMPIONS.”

But the glory didn’t stop there; it was earned through a symphony of remarkable individual performances that collectively elevated the entire team. Each victory, each medal, and each triumph became a testament to the Atlas spirit and their relentless pursuit of greatness.


Winners Circle!


In the end, it was not just a collection of individual victories but a testament to the unwavering spirit, dedication, and collective brilliance of Atlas Academy. Their journey from underdogs to Toronto champions was a testament to their extraordinary teamwork, unyielding determination, and the unbreakable bond that unites them as a family.

As the final matches concluded and the medals were draped around their necks, the Atlas team celebrated their historic victory with tears of joy, thunderous cheers, and heartfelt embraces. They had not only fulfilled their coach’s dream but had also etched their names in the hallowed halls of BJJ history as the “TORONTO IBJJF TEAM CHAMPIONS.”


The Toronto International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Championship of 2023 will forever be remembered as an event where a small academy from Albany, New York, defied the odds, rose to the occasion, and emerged as champions. It was a story of passion, perseverance, and the enduring spirit of Atlas Academy—a story that will continue to inspire generations of BJJ practitioners around the world. “Through struggle comes greatness!!! WAR ATLAS.”