World Champion Pedro Araújo passes the X-guard and attacks with a triangle!

I attended the 2015 IBJJF Spring Chicago Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship this weekend and simply had a blast making some new friends as well as having a chance to shoot pictures of the event.

World Champion Pedro Araújo shows his favorite guard pull!

3x World Champion Pedro Araújo sets up attacks with the lapel from closed guard!

Victor Pozas from Team Nogi dives into a ninja roll and finishes with multiple attacks!

Victor Pozas shows a sick berimbolo to the back with a banana split and twister finish!

From the second you walk into Victor Pozas' academy you know you're not in a traditional academy.

Nogi instructor Victor Pozas shows some amazing leg attacks from a reverse De La Riva.

Ulpiano Malachias hit a sweep straight into leg drag, all set up from the spider guard!

Houston MMA fighter Gusavo Gomez found an outlet with martial arts, and his dedication to it helped turn his life around for the best.