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What’s Fernando “Margarida” been up to?

The youngest absolute champion in the history of the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship, Fernando “Margarida” Pontes spent this week teaching seminars in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, specifically in the cities of São Leopoldo, Santa Maria, Caxias do Sul and state capital Porto Alegre. While in Brazil’s south, Margarida demonstrated the techniques that led to his conquest of three world championships.

“Margarida showed positional details to around 150 athletes in all. And all of them were awed by his technique,” remarked black belt Diandro Maciel of Sul Jiu-Jitsu academy.

For next year, Margarida promises a return to competition—and in Rio Grande do Sul itself: “It was a great visit; I met up with great friends and was invited to take part in the Abu Dhabi [WPJJ] trials in the town of Gramado. I aim to be in tip-top shape in 2012. That Arabian title is all my career is missing,” he said in closing.

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