DeGraff wins again, rises to 9th in world ranking

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV One year ago, Andrew DeGraff was an unranked 16-year old jiu jitsu grappler aspiring to greatness. After racking up win upon win across America, including the prestigious Midwest Finishers event in Chicago last month, DeGraff rose to 9th in the latest FloGrappling world rankings.  “At the beginning of 2023,” says DeGraff, […]

DeGraff adds new title belt to growing collection

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Andrew DeGraff did it again. Competing at an invitation-only, top-level submission grappling event called Twisted Church, DeGraff won another title in his weight class.  After his original opponent pulled out due to sickness, Andrew fought the same opponent he fought a couple years ago in a small, regional competition with no […]

DeGraff wins gold & silver at ADCC Dallas Open 

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By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Seventeen-year old jiu jitsu phenom Andrew DeGraff continued his breakout year by winning gold and silver at the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) Dallas Open.  He competed in two divisions, totaling seven matches in an 11-hour period. DeGraff went 6-1 on the day. He won gold in the teenage division at […]

The Greenbrier Valley is hooked on Nova Jiu Jitsu

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV January 15, 2023 What does it take to build a world-class jiu jitsu gym? A physical therapist, a web developer, a rock violinist, and a 17-year old athletic phenom partnering up in southern West Virginia.  If you’ve driven by the old Sears Building at the top of the hill in Ronceverte […]