With these two additions to the lineup for Polaris Squads 3, ten out of the total of sixteen spaces are now filled and both Team UK & Ireland and Team USA are close to taking shape.
Joining Team UK & Ireland is Bradley Hill, who is no stranger to the Squads format and will now be the only person to represent his country in all three editions so far! ‘The Omoplata man’ is a black belt under Braulio Estima and is able to compete at a high level both in the gi and out of it, having reached the podium at the IBJJF World championships during his time as a coloured belt. Despite his nickname, some of Hill’s most impressive attributes are a crushing top-game and phenomenal leglock-defense that he has put on display in the past at Polaris Squads, and during his run through the UK grand prix.
PJ Barch will serve as the fifth member of Team USA, and the third one to weigh in at under 75kg. The 10th Planet representative has previously been victorious on the Polaris stage in an exciting match against Marcin Held, one he fought with Richie ‘Boogieman’ Martinez in his corner at the time. Now the two will be competing alongside each other as they attempt to shut down Team UK & Ireland under JT Torres’ guidance. ‘The Butter Panther’ is a fantastic all-round grappler and uses his years of experience on the wrestling mats to great effect, having wrestled since childhood and eventually at a Division I University before making the switch to Jiu-Jitsu.