Things are heating up for the tournament season in sport/Gi Jiu-Jitsu.
The Pans, Worlds, and World Pro all loom on the horizon in the next 4 months or so.
Questions loom as to whether or not the Mendes brothers will reassert their dominance over the Gi portion of the sport. How will the newly minted black belts of Keenan Cornelius, Miyao 1 and Miyao 2, Gianni Grippo, and AJ Agazarm fare?
Ginnai looked competent against Rafa at the Euros with his Reverse De La Riva holding up well against Rafa. It's hard to tell from video, but Rafa seemed to be doing some analysis as well as competing, in examining Gianni's game rather than simply smashing it. Reminds me of Dan Lukehart's breakdown of Keenan Cornelius' guard and whether Keenan purposefully plays different guards in matches to make his style less prone to analysis.
Below are the black belt division winners respectively, ordered by weight class:
Caio Terra beat out two Japanese competitors (Koji Shibamoto among them)
Jose Barros - beat out the Miyao of the lighter svelte build
Rafael Mendes bested a bracket containing the likes of newly minted black belts: Paulo Miyao and Gianni Grippo.
Michael Langhi closed it out with Sinistro, and AJ Agazarm took 3rd.
Claudio Calasans bested JT Torres for the "W".
Lucio "Lagarto" bested a bracket packed with Rafael Lovato Jr. and Igor Silva.
Cavaca, mentor to Buchecha, topped a division with Evangelista and Absolute division winner, Alexander Trans.
Absolute - Alexander Trans - got to the top of the podium in an absolute packed with Jackson Sousa and Yuri Simoes