OCTOBER 6, 2016 – San Francisco, CA where the 10th edition of the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World No-Gi Championships took place. A two day event that gathered some of the top talent in each division of the IBJJF circuit, capturing also the interest of the 10th Planet crew, commonly more tuned in to sub-only tournaments.
Eddie Bravo‘s team brought an army of 66 strong to the mats – more than some of jiu jitsu’s traditional teams such as Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu (43 athletes) or Zenith (22), and nearing Checkmat‘s 76 troops. Though the results may not have come out as well as the California based team may have planed, it was fantastic seeing these athletes engaged in one of the biggest no-gi tournaments of the year.
The black belt divisions of the No Gi Worlds was seen with great anticipation, particularly the super-heavyweight division, where we hoped to see the return of Tim Spriggs to action. Unfortunately we did not get to watch the famous TLI athlete compete as he was not present at the venue (reason unknown at this moment). Luckily there were plenty of highlights that helped make this event one of the most exciting tournaments of the year.
Certainly a point of interest, the lightweight division was stacked with some of the best in the business including AJ Agazarm, Márcio André, Gianni Grippo, Mansher Khera, Augusto Mendes, Enrico Cocco, Rodrigo Freitas and more. In the end, featherweight Márcio André managed to pull off the victory in his second black belt World final this year.
Another high point of the tournament was Josh Hinger and his overall performance. The Atos Jiu Jitsu black belt won gold by bringing his ‘A’ game with a bang, running through a very talent dense medium heavyweight division with superior wrestling, lightening quick back takes and a serious “Hingertene” choke (Josh’s version of the guillotine), a combination of which Hinger used to defeat big names of our sport. Among Josh’s victim list were names such as Matheus Diniz, Diogo ‘Moreno’ Sampaio, the veteran Matt Jubera and the very game Charles Negromonte – whose main training partner is none other than Roger Gracie. In the absolute the Californian also beat ultra heavyweight star Mahamed Aly with a conclusive 16×8 in an incredible match.
In the female division the mega-talented black belt newcomer Nathiely de Jesus stole the show winning her weight class and the open class, repeating what she did this year in the brown belt gi world championship, this time wearing her brand new black rashguard.
Below are the results of each division from the semi finals onward. For the individual matches from 1/4 finals and below, please check each of the athlete’s personal pages here on BJJ Heroes and check on their grappling records.
ROOSTER WEIGHT – 55,5kg
Caio Terra vs Tiago Narciso**: Team close out for CTA
LIGHT FEATHERWEIGHT – 61,5kg
FEATHERWEIGHT – 67,5kg
LIGHTWEIGHT – 73,5kg
MIDDLEWEIGHT – 79,5kg
Jonathan Satava vs Marcelo ‘Lapela’ Mafra: Lapela won via guillotine
MEDIUM HEAVYWEIGHT – 85,5kg
Josh Hinger vs Charles Negromonte: Hinger won via points 11×0
HEAVYWEIGHT – 92,5kg
SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT – 97,5kg
ULTRA HEAVYWEIGHT – over 97,5kg
LIGHT FEATHERWEIGHT – 51,5kg
FEATHERWEIGHT – 56,5kg
Talita Alencar vs Emily Thylin: Alencar won via 15×2 pts
LIGHTWEIGHT – 61,5kg
Tammi Musumeci vs Jacqueline Amorim: Musumeci won via 6×4 pts
MIDDLEWEIGHT – 66,5kg
Ida ‘Xuxu’ Fløisvik vs Amanda Alequin Santana: Santana won via DQ (Ida drove out of bounds with sunk in triangle)
MEDIUM HEAVYWEIGHT – 71,5kg
HEAVYWEIGHT – 76,5kg
Andresa Correa vs Charlene Marie Coats: Correa won via WO*
*WO = Without Opponent
** Reached final without competing any match
Cover photo taken by FloGrappling.