This Coming Sunday: ADCC Absolute and -89Kg Champion Braulio Estima

by Caleb on September 30, 2009

Braulio ADCC Galvao
Braulio Estima faces Andre Galvao at the 2009 ADCC.

It is hard to argue that the brightest star last weekend at the 2009 ADCC Championship was not Gracie Barra’s Braulio Estima. In that contest where every competitor is an elite, world-class grappler, every foe that stepped in front of the tall and lanky Brazilian was eliminated. Even for jiu-jitsu dynamos like Marcelo Garcia, Vinicius Magalhaes, and Xande Ribeiro, facing Braulio meant that your day was over.

Andre Galvao, of Atos Jiu-Jitsu was another who fell prey to “Carcara”. In the finals of the -89Kg division, Estima managed to submit Galvao with a reverse triangle. Not only is seeing Andre Galvao tap a rarity, but doing so with such an uncommon technique was a moment that those who watched the live online broadcast will remember for some time.

According to Estima,

This technique comes very natural for my game. It’s a technique I’ve actually been doing since I was a blue belt. It’s not a new technique. It’s just a natural thing that I mastered since the last tournament. I’ve been training this technique a lot in preparing for the Abu Dhabi. I even texted [my brother] Octavio saying, “Man I’ve been training a lot of reverse triangles, so watch out for the reverse triangle, I’m going to get a lot of people in that.” It was funny because I managed to get the toughest guy in it.

We are happy to announce that this coming Sunday’s episode of The FightWorks Podcast will feature an interview with Estima. If you have ever wondered how it feels to be ADCC absolute division champion, make sure you tune in to hear it straight from a humble and ecstatic Braulio Estima.

Braulio ADCC Galvao
Braulio Estima’s reverse triangle submission on Andre Galvao, which won Estima the gold medal at the 2009 ADCC’s under 89Kg division.

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