World Professional Jiu-Jitsu San Diego Trials: Details from Saturday

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Quick Stats
When: March 5 & 6
Where: San Diego, CA
Gi Registrations: 390
No-Gi Registrations: 167
Number of Mats: three

Who Said Submissions Were Dead?

There has been grumbling in recent years that not enough matches end in a submission in high end Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition. As I watched the matches yesterday, I and a number of observers around me noted how many matches were ending in subs! It was really terrific to watch. It appears that having just 6 minutes for the black and brown belt division reduces stalling and promotes submissions, which results in a better experience for everyone (except if you’re the one tapping at that moment!). In any case, there were a lot of bow and arrow and other gi chokes from the back, armbars, and triangles. Whatever the reason was, I hope it continues!

Improved Competitor Experience

Today’s event appears to have been a much smoother event than was reported to have taken place at the earlier qualifier this year in Las Vegas. The staffing level seemed appropriate and while things may have been a tad delayed, I did not hear complaints from anyone. While having just three mats might seem like few, the pace of the matches was rapid.

Miscellaneous Notes I Made

Here is a list of some results in chronological order…

  • Andre Galvao (Atos Jiu-Jitsu) defeats his first opponent by bow and arrow choke.
  • Gui Mendes (Atos Jiu-Jitsu) defeats his first opponent, Samir Chantre (Gracie Fighter).
  • Gilbert “Durinho” Burns (Atos Jiu-Jitsu) defeats Marcos “Yemaso” Torregossa.
  • Marcel Louzado defeats his first opponent.
  • Rodrigo “Little Mike Tyson” is eliminated upon losing his first match.
  • Lucas Leite defeats his first opponent.
  • Claudio Calasans defeats his first opponent.
  • Rhalan Gracie defeats his first opponent with a very beautiful armbar.
  • Joao Assis defeats his first opponent.
  • In his second match, Rhalan Gracie is disqualified for reaping the knee of his opponent Claudio Calasans. It appears that Rhalan was unfamiliar with the details of that rule, likely bringing back frustrating memories of when Rhalan was DQ’ed for applying a kneebar in the 2008 BJJ World Championships.
  • Joao Assis defeats Bruno Bastos.
  • Jarrod Bunch is disqualified for reaping the knee of his opponent Antonio Braga Neto.
  • Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida (CheckMat) defeats his first opponent.

This is not the best reporting I’ve ever done, but I figure some info is better than no info!

The action continued after I had to leave. I later learned that today’s absolute division final will be between Andre Galvao and Antonio Braga Neto!

Parting Thoughts

Today’s matches will be televised! This is great news if you are in Brazil or Abu Dhabi, where the transmission will be sent.

Unfortunately I will not be able to attend this coming weekend’s ADCC qualifier here in San Diego on March 12 the due to prior commitments. Let us know how you think they went!

Still confused about what the difference is between the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship and ADCC? Read this!

2 thoughts on “World Professional Jiu-Jitsu San Diego Trials: Details from Saturday”

  1. there were a lllloottt of good matches. it was running late, but not nearly as bad as i’ve seen at other tournaments.

    atos, checkmat and univ of jj were all gunning for it for sure.

    it was annoying to me to see how long and forcefully r. gracie complained about his DQ as it was obvious to almost everyone around me in the stands as soon as it happened.

    i too loved the 6 minute matches. i like that it forced the action. the black belts i talked to all said, “its only 6 minutes, so i gotta move!!” rather than “it’s 10 minutes, i got time to work a plan”.

    the dudes in suits was an interesting thing too. and the t-shirts were much better looking than last years for sure!

  2. Atos definitely took over the San Diego trials and Andre Galvao showed that he still got what it takes to be a champion, can’t wait to see these guys perform at the Pan Ams.

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