Jeff Glover (Paragon JJ) at the 2008 BJJ No-Gi World Championships earlier this year.
The United States Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, a subdivision of the International BJJ Federation, will hold the 2008 Pan-Ams of no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu tomorrow in New York. This is exciting because to my knowledge it will be the first time the east coast of the United States is seeing an IBJJF event. It will likely be the first time many jiu-jitsu competitors will be exposed to the rules and (presumably) the clockwork execution of a tournament that the USBJJF / IBJJF is known for here in Southern California.
Lots of tough competitors so far in the black belt adult male brackets. Rick Macauley could face Renzo Gracie’s Andre Gusmao, and in the black belt male heavyweight division, the three competitors shown in the brackets are Gracie Barra’s Roberto “Tussa” Alencar, Washington DC’s Leo Dalla, and the very tough Braulio Estima.
Interestingly Braulio Estima is listed as being under Renzo Gracie as opposed to Gracie Barra. Minor difference, which is not likely to really mean much but it appears that many other competitors in the brackets are signed up under Renzo Gracie as well. I imagine Renzo wanted to see how his homegrown New York City competitors fare as a team compared to the larger jiu-jitsu world.
Another team who is likely to be very tough and well-represented will be Alliance. Fabio Clemente has operated a school in New York City for around a decade. I know Alliance’s Fabio Gurgel aka The General, Tarsis Humphreys, and others have migrated to New York in anticipation of this submission grappling tourney.
Should be a great tournament. Very jealous I won’t be there!