Cooper Cardinale-Alvarez BJJ Arlington TX 2012 TXMMA Blue Belt Competitor of the Year

2/8/12,  Cooper Cardinale-Alvarez BJJ Arlington TX 2012 TXMMA Blue Belt Competitor of the Year. The Official results are in and Mr. Cooper Cardinale fighting out of the Alvarez Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy in Arlington TX is now the 2012 TXMMA Male Blue Belt Competitor of the Year.

After a long, grueling year of putting countless hours in on the mats day in and day out and sacrificing so much time away from his family to perfect his craft, Mr. Cardinale accomplished so many great things in 2012.

Mr. Cardinale traveled locally and all over the state to test himself against the best Texas had to offer. Mr. Cardinale took 1st place in both the GI and NO GI and sometimes even the Absolute divisions at just about every tournament that he entered.

One of his biggest achievements of the year was battling his way through some of the world’s best in a 120 man bracket at the 2012 IBJJF World Jiu Jitsu Championships. Mr. Cardinale grinded his way through to take home the Silver Medal, only to fall short by to 2 points in the finals. That alone speaks volumes in itself and just shows how talented Mr. Cardinale’s jiu jitsu really is.

Mr. Cardinale has an awesome passion, drive and a great work ethic for jiu jitsu. There isn’t a day that passes that he doesn’t take notes and asks a question on a trouble spot or an area that he has down pretty good but trying to make even better. He is always looking to improve his game in all areas.

Mr. Cardinale’s ultimate goal is becoming the 2013 IBJJF Blue Belt Middle Weight World Champion and Team Alvarez Jiu Jitsu Arlington TX looks forward to helping Mr. Cardinale achieve that goal as much as possible.

Thank you to Mr. Mike Calimbas and the TXMMA crew for putting together such a great award and recognizing all of the top Jiu Jitsu competitors in the state of Texas.

Congrats again Mr. Cardinale on your 2012 TXMMA Blue Belt Competitor of the Year!

Stay tuned for more great things to come from Mr. Cardinale.

Click here to read about his 2012 TXMMA Competitor of the Year Award:



Cooper Cardinale 2012 Tournament Results:

2012 IBJJF San Francisco Open Adult Middle

1st Place Blue Belt Middle Weight

3rd Open Weight


2012 IBJJF Pan Ams

Quarter Finalist Adult Middle


2012 IBJJF Worlds

2nd Place Blue Belt Middle Adult
2012 IBJJF Dallas Open

3rd Place Blue Belt Middle

3rd Place Open Class


2012 Dallas Europa

1st  Place GI 160-169

1st place GI under 170 Open weight


2012 TOC 9 Houston TX

1st Place Blue Belt Middle Weight

1st Place Open Class


2012 NABJJF Dallas Nationals

1st Place Blue Belt Middle Weight

1st Place NO GI Middle Weight

1st Place Blue Belt Open Class