Monday, Aug 07, 2006
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Surfing with Sharks:
Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts Hit the Competition Waves
Report & photos by Marcelo Alonso
One week after the most important events of the jiu-jitsu calendar (The World Cup and Mundial) were over, it was the time for its participants do what they like to do the most after jiu-jitsu – surf. The fifth edition of the Black Belt of Surf, a surfing competition featuring notable black belts, took place last Saturday at Barra da Tijuca Beach in Rio de Janeiro. With some big names of the sport involved, they all had the opportunity to show off their skills on the waves.
Inside the water, top guns of the mats and MMA like Royler Gracie and Ricardo Arona were not so lucky – Royler lost in the semifinal while Arona lost in the second phase. The title went to Marcos Nevell (Gracie Humaita).
On the sand, the event was a big meeting among jiu-jitsu and MMA celebrities as well. In a very friendly climate, standouts like BTT honcho Murilo Bustamante, newly-crowned World Jiu-Jitsu Absolute champion Xande Ribeiro, Gracie Barra’s Renato "Babalú" Sobral (who took a brief respite before his August 26 title bout against UFC Light heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell), Kron Gracie (Rickson’s son) and Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz had lots of fun watching black belts compete in a totally different habitat.
"The waves didn’t come for me and I ended up not scoring points, but it was very nice to came here and meet all these friends," said recognized sea-lover Arona, who confirmed he will be competing in the next Pride. "I’ll be in the September event, I just can’t reveal my opponent yet."
Black Belt de Surf 2006
Postinho Beach, Barra da Tijuca – Rio de Janeiro
Saturday, August 5
1 – Marcos Nevel – Gracie Humaitá
2 – Bruno Marinho – Alexandre Paiva
3 – Marcelo dos Santos – Infight
4 – Rogério Poggio – Infight
1 – Eduardo Cadena – Infight
2 – Marcos dos Santos – Infight
3 – Américo Pinheiro – Crezio de Souza
4 – Carlos Gama – Gracie Humaitá
1 – Infight
2 – Gracie Humaitá
3 – Alexandre Paiva
4 – Carlson Gracie
4 – BTT
6 – Crezio de Souza
posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm