2nd Gracie Barra
3rd place Purebred/Lloyd Irvin Guam
The first day of action saw Mike Fowler of Team Purebred/Lloyd Irvin Guam winning the black belt adult absolute in stunning fashion. Mike won his first fight by armlock and his second by points. On the other side of the bracket Marcos Souza of Bull Terrier Bon Sai won his first two by submission. The final was the match of the day with Fowler submitting Souza with less than a minute left despite being down on points 14 to 4. Another American standout making a name for himself was 19 year old phenom J.T. Torres submitting 5 opponents with a mean back attack game to win the brown belt absolute.
Day 2 action had great performances from Brasiliero champ and 2006 AOJC (Asian Open Jiu Jitsu Championships) champ Isamu Shishido dominating the black belt pena division. American Robert Drysdale showed to perform but was without an opponent. Andy Wang representing Taiwan BJJ lost by points in his first match in the master black belt absolute. A repeat performance was in order for Team Purebred/Lloyd Irvin Guam`s J.T. Torres winning 5 matches to take the leve brown belt division. Mens black belt medio division was the setup for another final consisting of Daisuke “Amazon” Sugie against Mike Fowler. Both submitted their 2 opponents easily before meeting up in the final. Amazon came out on top with a lapel choke from the back early in the match. Both players had the Tokyo Budokan spectators on the edge of their seats.
– Stephen Roberto from Purebred/Lloyd Irvin
This is the third in our new column, Tournament Review Tuesdays, 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. – Caleb