Manuel Ribamar On Jiu-Jitsu CON & Winning World Masters Gold
The World No-Gi Champion competed in the master's division for the first time in his career.
As an adult black belt, Manuel Ribamar has long been considered among the elite of jiu-jitsu. Known for his technical prowess that he’s showcased at countless major championships, Ribamar hit another career milestone at the 2023 World Masters. For Ribamar, this event was significant because it was his first venture into the master's category, as he’ll turn 30 later this month. His impressive victories at the World Master in the master 1 medium-heavyweight division not only showcased his exceptional skill but also his desire to test himself at every opportunity. He spoke about his experience at the event.
“Competing at World Masters was an amazing experience. I had five matches total where I competed with high levels athletes in six minutes matches. It’s a short time for whoever is adapted to compete in ten minute matches but I really enjoyed it. I like to compete in any rule set or time. I always embrace the challenge regardless. The difference is the short amount of time and the reality that we are getting older. But I love the fact the jiu-jitsu is literally for anyone of any age.”
Manuel Ribamar's influence in the community goes well beyond his own competitive accolades. As an instructor at Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJ, Ribamar has taught and inspired a new generation of jiu-jitsu practitioners. At the 2023 Jiu-Jitsu CON, he brought several of his students to compete, providing them with invaluable experience and an opportunity to showcase their skills at a prestigious tournament. This commitment to teaching and sharing his knowledge underscores Ribamar's passion for the sport and his dedication to its continued growth.
“We brought 40 students total with 8 from my school. They all loved bringing their families to enjoy the massive jiu-jitsu community. This tournament is a must. Jiu-Jitsu has shown to be so powerful through Jiu-Jitsu CON. Jiu-Jitsu is growing like never before. I believe that everything is in Gods control and it will grow even bigger. The IBJJF is doing and has done a lot for this sport and there’s a lot of people having their lives changed for the better."
Having conquered the World Master, Ribamar's still has plenty of competitive ambitions. With yet another important title under his belt, he now has his sights set on the professional circuit. As he enters this new chapter of his jiu-jitsu journey, Ribamar hopes to compete in professional events, where he can test his skills against some of the world's best.
“I’m waiting for an opportunity in the upcoming events. I fought the GP and got second place, won World Masters, Pans, Worlds No-Gi, Europeans, and Worlds as a brown belt. I have good credentials and I will continue to work until my jiu-jitsu starts to be noticed so I can create my own opportunities. Everything I have was never given, always conquered, and I will continue to conquer. I’m still young at 29 years old with a lot of gas still in the tank.”
If you missed any of Ribamar’s matches at the 2023 World Master, be sure to catch the replays on flograppling.com.