The inaugural Spartan Invitational took place on January 7, 2017 as part of the grand opening of the Spartan Academy of Mixed Martial Arts in Columbia, South Carolina. 16 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts from around the country competed for $600 and a championship belt. Among these black belts was GD Jiu Jitsu’s Jacob McClintock, the head instructor or Tick Tock BJJ in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Jacob had a total of three matches, submitting his first two opponents and winning the finals via points. Although winning the tournament is impressive on its own, it is even more impressive considering it was Jacob’s first time competing at black belt after suffering a devastating knee injury in his final match as a brown belt.
“I had about a solid six weeks of training with my students. I was also able to bring out Bill Cooper for a week and a half and get some good training with him. Plus when I could get with Gustavo we would work on some mental coaching.” When asked about his mentality following his major injury Jacob stated, “To be honest I never really thought about it. I was signing up for the tournament to win and if that ever crossed my mind I could have gotten hurt, so it wasn’t an option. Luckily I didn’t have to make any adjustments. I like to keep an open game plan so I never really have to make many adjustments.”
Jacob has big plans for the remainder of 2017 as well. “The academy is growing every day. We are adding more classes and people love it here. I also want to compete at the World Championships this year. I would like to see some of my students reach some of the goals they set this year as well. Eventually I would like to host my own tournament in Charleston. I’d like to thank my students, Bill Cooper, John McQueen and always the one and only Gustavo Dantas.”