2011 IBJJF Worlds

A few of my teammates were going to compete at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Worlds tournament. I asked and found out that they had a division for 35 and older competitors at white belt. Since I was 45 years old, I thought why not give it a shot.

The Worlds was held in the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California.2011-06-01 Walter Pyramind Long Beach CA

There were 7 guys in my bracket. Most were from the United States, but it really did feel like a “world” tournament because one guy on the opposite side of the bracket was from Italy!

I won my first two matches to make it to the finals. In the finals I lost on points to end up with 2nd place.

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The champion was awarded his blue belt right on the podium after we received our medals. Very cool!

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My youngest son, Seth, was with me for this trip. I got to experience my wins with him, plus we spent a lot of time together visiting various beaches in California, a car show at the Affliction store, met Greco-Roman Olympian & UFC Champion, Randy Couture and we got to pet sting rays at the Aquarium of the Pacific!