The first day of action at the 2016 World Jiu-Jitsu championship featured lots of thrills in over 12 hours of Jiu-Jitsu at the Long Beach Pyramid.
The main attraction was the adult male blue belt division, but juvenile and master white belts also took to the mats to pour their hearts out in search of the much wanted gold medal.
In the blue belt division, Guigo Jiu-Jitsu’s Luis Eduardo do Carmo was the stand out after all was said and done with a double gold campaign. Duzão first won the ultra-heavy division after six matches, then he went for the open class title.
In the absolute, Do Carmo had five more matches and made his way to the top of the podium with five submissions. In the final, he caught Mauricio Oliveira Neto with an americana lock from side control.
After his second podium ceremony, Duzão was graduated to purple belt by his Professor Guigo.
The male adult purple belt division started out this Thursday with two divisions, the roosterweight and the light-feather. Rubens Cobrinha’s son Kennedy Maciel won his first title in the Worlds as an adult when he managed a last-second sweep on Jonata Ramos.
Click here for the full results of day 1.
The 2016 Worlds resumes this Friday at 9AM local time with the remainder of the male adult purple belt division, two divisions in the male brown belt and the female blue and purple belt divisions.
Click here for the full schedule of day 2
Here’s a photo gallery of the best moments of the blue belt open class division.
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