Last week was absolutely jam-packed with amazing jiu-jitsu. The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation was – finally – back in Europe for another one of their biggest events of the year: the Europeans Jiu-Jitsu Championships. brazilian jiu jitsu belts
While past Euros have been held in Lisbon, Portugal, this year it was moved to Rome, Italy. If you’ve never been to a Euros – either as a participant or spectator – put it on your list. There’s something special about watching some of the greatest athletes in modern jiu-jitsu face off in the middle of an Old World city. Indeed, some history-making performances happened last week… in case you missed it, here’s a recap of some of the highlights:
A much-anticipated rematch between Tommy Langaker and Tainan Dalpra did happen in the Middle weight finals, with Tainan securing the win by armbar. The exciting match was capped by a show of beautiful sportsmanship by the Norwegian athlete, as Tommy congratulated Tainan with a hearty pat on the back.
Veteran American jiu-jitsu legend 38-year-old Rafael Lovato Jr. entered the adult Ultra-Heavy division and steamrolled his way to the gold medal win, showing that age is just a number.
With two super-quick submissions – including an armbar in the finals less than 45 seconds into the match – Mayssa Bastos secured her third Europeans title.
European athletes secured three of the adult black belt medals, a record. These were Espen Mathiesen from Norway, Bruno Lima from Portugal, and Adam Wardzinski from Poland.
Two Brazilian athletes captured double-gold wins: Fellipe Andrew in the men’s division, and Gabi Pessanha in the women’s division.
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