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    Brazil Trip - Mundials 2004 - LONG

    http://www.austinjj.com). Phil had been talking about what a great time they had going down to Brazil for the 2003 Mundials (BJJ World Championships) the previous year. So about four weeks ago I decided to make the trip and fight along with several other teammates.

    My Plan

    Now the Mundials are put on by the Brazilian Jiujitsu Confederation (http://www.cbjj.com.br). This tournament features the best grapplers in Brazil. In fact the Brazilians who actually are in this tournament had to qualifyhttp://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/katana...&.dnm=bac4.jpg

    The Favelas are communities where the very poorest residents built homes into densely packed blocks. The blocks are made of basic bricks and mortar with makeshift water tanks on the roof to supply running water. While the Favelas looks very dirty and run down during the day, at night the Favelas cover the hillsides in a blanket of glittering lights that looks rather pretty (almost like Christmas lights covering trees). I thought the contrast was interesting.

    The downtown area of Rio looks much like any major city with high rises, hotels, shops, and lots of people going about their business and of course the beautiful beaches:

    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/katana...&.dnm=7f9f.jpg
    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/katana...&.dnm=ad08.jpghttp://travel.state.gov/travel/brazil.html
    Last edited by katana; 7/27/2004 8:33pm, .

    #3
    I want to see half naked redheads now!!!!!

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      #4
      ...My First Fight....

      The Mundials

      The Mundials were held at the Tijuca Tennis Club in downtown Rio. The indoor stadium was large and could seat a few thousand people quite easily:

      http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/katana...&.dnm=1980.jpghttp://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/katana...&.dnm=fa6d.jpghttp://bjj.org/techniques/thetechniques/sucuriPassRiva

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        #5
        ...Black Belt Matches and Conclusion...

        Black Belt Matches

        The initial black belt open match was held Saturday evening and was impressive. The crowd at this point was several thousand people strong and the Brazilian sports network was broadcasting live from the event. We had gathered in the stadium and I think the Americans were attracting each other as BJJ blackbelts Lloyd Irvin and Todd Margolis sat near us along with Phil and the rest of our Brazilian Crew. Todd Margolis had just fought a good match in the black belt division but lost on points after launching several aggressive attacks and near submissions.

        The remaining BJJ blackbelts were now fighting (Marcela Garcia, Jacare, Terere, Roger Gracie, etc.). School rivalries were hot and Jacare/Terere had their own cheering section of bussed-in people:

        http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/katana...&.dnm=5a13.jpghttp://www.austinjj.com) for making this a great trip!
        Last edited by katana; 7/27/2004 8:02pm, .

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          #6
          Excellent report. Way to test yourself.

          I find the point game in sport bjj to be interesting.

          Way to go!
          Originally posted by Sifu Rudy Abel
          "Just what makes a pure grappler think he can survive with an experienced striker. Especially if that striker isn't following any particular rule set and is well aware of what the grapplers strategies are".

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            #7
            Amazing read! Well done...
            Imports from Japan, Shipping Worldwide! Art Junkie, Scramble, BJJ Spirits, Reversal...
            Scramble Stuff

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              #8
              Sweet you got to visit Brasil, and Rio on top of that! During my visit this one guy (homeless, emaciated) threatened to stab me with his aids infected syringe needle because I didn't want to buy milk for his little brother. I love that country!

              Some of my pics from Salvador (way up north from Rio) https://webspace.utexas.edu/shabadu/www/barra.html

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                #9
                Churrascaria. Excellent food.

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                  #10
                  one person from my dojo went.

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                    #11
                    HEY! WE TRAIN AT THE SAME PLACE! WHO ARE YOU?

                    *settles down*

                    No seriously, two people at the academy have recognized me. E.G. "Hey, are you Antagony?" But neither of these guys told me who THEY were on Bullshido. Are you one of those guys?
                    MY NAME IS ANTAGONY I SUCK AT COMBAT SPORTS KTHX

                    "blahblahblah, but I don't think I'm going to train tonight."
                    "Fag."
                    "Well if that were true, then I'd really REALLY want to come train!"

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                      #12
                      I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

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                        #13
                        you went to brazil and you didn't have any brazilian women or pics of them? I don't care how good your Jiu-Jitsu is, I'm going to kill you :)

                        jk man, props for being willing to step up against the really good brazilian guys.

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                          #14
                          Originally posted by katana
                          I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.
                          With you being a blue belt, you could probably accomplish that easily too.
                          MY NAME IS ANTAGONY I SUCK AT COMBAT SPORTS KTHX

                          "blahblahblah, but I don't think I'm going to train tonight."
                          "Fag."
                          "Well if that were true, then I'd really REALLY want to come train!"

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                            #15
                            Excellent posts katana :)
                            Glad you had a great time.
                            Nothing quite like internatioanl experience.
                            As for the adrenaline...as hard as you try and as much as you train and compete, its always there and its always a GOOD thing.

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