This past weekend the IBJJF returned to Salt Lake City, Utah for the first time since 2019. The city is the largest in the state of Utah and also the state capital. At the 2019 event, it was Unified Jiu Jitsu that took home the team title. They again brought many athletes to the event across all belt levels. Other academies that brought a significant amount of students included Carlson Gracie Team and Gracie Barra. At the end of the tournament it was the Unified Jiu Jitsu Team that stood atop the podium once again, winning both gi and no-gi titles.
There were also many individual standout performances. Osvaldo “Queixinho” Moizinho competed in the lightweight division both with and without the gi. “I signed up for adult. I haven’t been competing at adult for a while. I did Nationals, where I got third place and I’m trying to get points for next year. I had two fights in the gi. My first opponent was Gerson Alef, a really tough guy who’s a young and upcoming new black belt. I felt good and I ended up winning by one advantage. Then I went to the final against the legend Megaton, who also won his first fight on the other side of the bracket. I finished that fight with a brabo choke. I had one no-gi match against a guy who’s really good in no-gi, especially leg locks, so it was a good challenge for me to fight with him in the no-gi ruleset. I haven’t competed in this ruleset for a while. I won by points, 4-0.” You can expect to see Queixinho competing next at the Phoenix Open on July 30th.
GF Team’s Davi Cabral also had a great weekend in Utah, winning the gi and no-gi open class divisions. “I had 6 matches this weekend, submitting two of my opponents. In the other four matches I was able to display a great top game and dominate all of them. It had been almost one year since I last competed in the no-gi scene, so it was a great experience for me to test some of my new tricks,” said Davi. “For this year my goals are No-Gi Worlds and No-Gi Pans, but you are definitely going to see me competing in a few more opens, gi and no-gi, beforehand.” Be on the lookout for Davi as he prepares for this year’s major no-gi events.
Another standout performance in Utah came from Amy Campo of Zenith. Amy recently won gi and no-gi open class gold at American Nationals last and returned this past weekend to do the same. In the gi open class Amy defeated Barbara Da Silva Barbosa and Mayara Custódio. She had another match with Mayara Custódio in the no-gi open class, again taking gold.
2022 Salt Lake City International Open team results:
1. Unified Jiu Jitsu
2. Carlson Gracie Team
3. Gracie Barra
2022 Salt Lake City International No-Gi Open team results: