Sergio Moraes (left) against Kron Gracie at the 2010 BJJ World Championship. Photo courtesy cohost Dan.
by Piers Roberts
The BJJ Pro Cup, held in Beilla Italy, is the brain child of Ari Galo (the head of the Carlson School in Copacabana) supported by Carlson Gracie Jr.. Through their network of sponsors they raised about 60 000 EUR in prize money with some pretty solid prizes for the black belt categories 4 000 EUR and up to attract alot of the big names in the sport.
The event was envisaged to be Fri, Sat, Sun but for whatever reason they shifted it to Sat/Sun and put a seminar run by Ricardo De La Riva and Carlson Jr, but all in all there were about 20 black belts there too teaching so it became a free for all with various teachers showing techniques then someone piping up and offering the counter. The tournament started on time with 6 mans running simultaneously. The judging, in my humble opinion, was the most professional I have ever seen. The judges were apparently the same ones used for the Europeans, all flown over with extras for the super fights.
The venue was a large basket ball stadium no doubt part of the legacy from the Turin Winter Olympics, situated right beside a major shopping mall. On top of this the localtion in Piemonte, Italy was unreal to say the least.
Competitors came from all over the world, from Israel to America. Unsurprisingly there were more Brazilians than any other nationality. The super fights were, to put it bluntly, amazing. Kron Gracie‘s super brave style of Jiu Jitsu saw him acting as a submission sniper, submitting everyone. Every sub he went for he got.
All in all i can’t say enough good things about the experience.
Piers Roberts is a member of Fight Team Impact- Carlson Gracie Luxembourg.
This is an installment in our Tournament Review Tuesdays column, where FightWorks Podcast listeners submit reports about Brazilian jiu-jitsu and grappling competitions that happened the weekend prior. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of The FightWorks Podcast!