Roger Gracie (Gracie Barra) looks for the choke against Nova Uniao’s Ricardo Abreu Pinto aka “Demente” in the finals of the super heavyweight division of the 2010 BJJ World Championship. Photo courtesy cohost Dan.
We have had World Championships before here on The FightWorks Podcast, but I do not think we have ever had coverage like you will find in today’s show. Among the frenzy of activity among Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s best competitors, there was a similar tornado of reporting taking place. This episode contains comments from big players at the Mundials this year (in no particular order):
- New red and black belt Mauricio Gomes, father of 2010 absolute and super heavy weight champion Roger Gracie
- Multi-time world champion Saulo Ribeiro (Gracie Humaita)
- 2010 Ultra heavyweight world champion Rodrigo Cavaca
- Lloyd Irvin, head of the ever-stronger Team Lloyd Irvin
- Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, who earned the silver medal after a narrow loss to Atos Jiu-Jitsu‘s Rafael Mendes
- Romulo Barral, whose injury in the finals of his weight division prevented him from competing in the absolute final against Roger Gracie.
- 2010 medium heavyweight champion Tarsis Humphreys
- Brown belt British competitor Oliver Geddes
- 2010 rooster weight bronze medalist Felipe Costa
- Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti and Fabio Gurgel, the leaders of 2010 male and female team champions, Alliance.
Finally, before winding down, we will hear from the elite combat sports trainer Martin Rooney, whose book Ultimate Warrior Workouts was recently published. Rooney follows up on a conversation we had with him at the beginning of this year where he offered ways to help jiu-jitsu practitioners reach their goals in 2010. A timely conversation given the accomplishments we hear about in today’s show!
Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles (Alliance) on his way to the finals at the 2010 BJJ World Championship.
Rodrigo Cavaca (CheckMat), the 2010 ultra heavyweight world champion at black belt.