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Five Grappling Nevada 2: full day of matches in a celebration for the Jiu-Jitsu family
The day opened with a quick rules seminar for the little ones, so they would be aware of the “dos and don'ts” and could roll more safely. Then everybody stood for the National Anthem and soon after the matches began.
The kids more than delivered in terms of technique and heart on the mats. Competitors as young as 5 years of age proved beyond any doubt that they knew what they were doing. With each category of a higher age range that came to play, the technical accuracy and the will to win increased. After tough battles in the gi for the ultimate goal of winning the Five Grappling belt and medals, the kids also tested their skills in no-gi divisions.
The adult, master and senior division came after the kids left the stage. From white belt to black belts, the crowd was treated to high level matches fought to the very last second.
In the adult black belt division, the highlight of the day was Cobra Kai's Shane Shapiro, who walked out of the event with three titles. He won the middleweight division and the open class in the gi and wrapped the day with another gold in the no-gi open class division. In the absolute finals, Shapiro beat Gabriel Checco twice, finishing with a guillotine in the gi and building a 7-0 lead in the no-gi final. In the middleweight final, Shapiro caught Samir Abdolkader with an armlock to secure the gold medal.
Also in the adult black belt division, Gabriel Checco beat Jim Collins twice to win the light-heavyweight title and Bryan Calleros caught Thiago Lemos with an armbar inside the triangle to win the welterweight gold medal.
Another highlight of the day was the presence of black belt Fredson Paixão, who also had a double gold campaign. Fredson won the master middleweight division and the open class. In the absolute final, he swept Romulo Caiado twice to build a 4-0 lead. After all was said and done, in the teams competitions results were:
1st – Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu - 231pts
2nd – Carlson Gracie Henderson – 139pts
3rd – Gracie Humaitá Las Vegas – 139pts
1st – Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu – 231pts
2nd – Gracie Humaitá – 163pts
3rd – Carlson Gracie Henderson – 139pts