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Thursday, January 27, 2011

2011 IBJJF EUROPEAN OPEN: OUR PICKS FOR THE BLACK BELT DIVISION.

While Roger and Jacare both fight in Strikeforce this weekend, the world elite black belts converge on Lisbon, Portugal to compete in the the 2011 IBJJF European Open Championships, an event both Gracie and Jacare have won in the past.  If there was such a thing as the Majors (PGA) or the Grand Slams (Tennis) for the world of elite grapplers, the Europeans would be the first of such events in the year.  Most of the top-tier, pro-level black belts compete in this event, and it is a reliable indicator of what's to come for the rest of the year in the other major tournaments (i.e., Pan Ams, ADCC, Brazilian Nationals, World Pro Jiu Jitsu Cup,Worlds [aka Mundial] and World No-Gi).

One goal at DSTRYR/SG is to help bring greater awareness to the top-level black belts in our sport, in order to assist in it's growth.  It's important to remember that BJJ and submission grappling, in their current states, are still young sports that are developing quickly.   Help us bring glory to these badass athletes who essentially train full-time for these competitions.

Check out our picks (and thoughts) below, and let us know what you think! We, of course, are infallible (not).

6 comments:

  1. I'm with you on almost everything. I have JT in light, Cacara in MH, Raphael in SH, and Cavaca taking home everyone's legs in UH.

    Man, Pans and Mundials are right around the corner. Stoked.

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  2. What about Felipe Costa.. is he fighting?

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  3. He is, but now in Masters. Dude's a badass (3rd in 2010 Worlds).

    A 30+ year old badass!!

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  4. I don't mean to be a dick, but you should look closer at the brackets. Bruno Malfacine is fighting at light feather, the Mendes brothers are fighting at feather. Anyway here are my picks

    Rooster: None
    Light Feather: Bruno Malfacine over Ary Farias
    Feather: Mendes Bros split
    Light: Michael Langhi over JT Torres
    Middle: Claudio Calasans over Finfou
    Middle Heavy: Braulio over Sergio Moraes
    Heavy: Bernardo Faria and Leo Nogueria split
    Super Heavy: Rafael Lovato over Bruno Bastos
    Ultra Heavy: Rodrigo Cavaca over ??(I don't know anything about any of the guys on the other side of the bracket)

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  5. my master agustin climent ...light-feather

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