Re-cap of IBJJF's 2017 Master Worlds Championship

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The Master Worlds Championship has become one of the biggest and prestigious competitions in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The "Master Worlds" as it's known is specifically for competitors over the age of 30. This tournament was considered "not the real" deal and "old man" tournament in the past but I gotta say that has changed the last few years especially the one we just experienced this past weekend. Over 4500 competitors from all over the world got together to showcase and test their skills at the Las Vegas Convention Center from August 24th through the 27th.  Some were crowned champions and most of us not but at the end of the day if you were one of the 4500 competitiors I salute and congratulate you on all yours success as a BJJ competitor for doing what most of people won't in their lifetime.

 21 Mats at the 2017 Master Worlds Championships 

21 Mats at the 2017 Master Worlds Championships 

After the age of 30 most of us have professional careers, kids, families and financial obligations and to train diligently and dedicate part of your life while your other priorities are put on hold shows that you are already a "winner" in life. As I think about what happened at the competition, or what could have happened the most important things is the experience we gain from this tournament and appreciating the memories that were created during the 3 day event. I got to see familiar faces, met new friends, and created lifelong bond with my fellow jiu jitsu practitioners. If you competed this past weekend, CONGRATULATIONS and keep stepping on the mat to better yourself and if you have never competed at this (or any other championships) I highly recommend you live through this experience..It will change your life.

 Diego Bispo and Osvaldo Quexinho closing out Master 1 Black Belt Feather Weight.   Photo Credit to Alex Barcelona Photography 

Diego Bispo and Osvaldo Quexinho closing out Master 1 Black Belt Feather Weight. 

Photo Credit to Alex Barcelona Photography 

Congratulations to my teammates Osvaldo Quexinho, Diego Bispo and Milton Bastos for becoming Master World Champions! I'd like to thank all my students, instructors(Gazzy Parman and Kenny Seger), Ares BJJ team mates, open mat training partners, and especially my wife and son for your endless support and having my back. See you all in 2018.