The IBJJF World Masters is the biggest event of the year and this year’s edition had more competitors than ever before. Over 6,000 jiu-jitsu athletes traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada in search of World Masters gold. With so many competitors, the level of technique has grown each and every year. This years black belt divisions were stacked with high level competitors from master 1 all the way to master 7. Masters black belt matches range from five to six minutes and often times feature aggressive, forward moving jiu-jitsu. We saw plenty of very close matches this year, but we also had more than a few dominating performances. The following athletes were not only gold medalists, but also came to the event looking to get as many submissions as possible.
Osvaldo “Queixinho” Submits All Five Opponents at Master 2 Featherweight
As one of the most dynamic submission artists in jiu-jitsu, Osvaldo “Queixinho” Moizinho is always hunting for the finish. At the World Master, he competed in the master 2 featherweight division where he won five matches, all by submission. In his first match, he pulled closed guard and finished his opponent with an armbar. His second match was another armbar finish, this time coming from side control after a guard pass. In the quarter final match, Queixinho pulled guard and countered his opponent’s toe hold with a toe hold of his own, getting the tap less than a minute and a half into the match.
Throughout his time competing at the black belt rank, Queixinho has become known for having one of the most dangerous omoplatas in jiu-jitsu. He used the shoulder lock variation on his semi-final opponent, hooking his leg to increase the pressure on the shoulder and get the submission. His fourth submission of the day put him into the final against Omar Kadi of GMAC. For the fifth straight match, Queixinho pulled guard, this time jumping straight to closed guard. He underhooked his opponents leg and transitioned to a knee bar less than a minute into the match. Throughout his impressive run in the division, the Ares BJJ leader submitted all five opponents and didn’t concede a single point.
Jennifer Case Wins Master 2 Double Gold With All Submissions
Master 2 black belt Jennifer Case of Renato Tavares Association is no stranger to success at the World Masters. Heading into the the event, Jennifer was a three-time World Master Champion at black belt. This year she competed in the super heavy and open class divisions and had her sights set on double gold. In her first match at super heavy, Jennifer opened the score with a foot sweep. As she worked her way to mount she caught a head and arm choke, moving to the side of her opponent and forcing the tap less than thirty seconds into the match. The super heavy final was against Talita Nogueira, a 2011 adult World Champion. Talita pulled guard and the two disengaged before Talita pulled again, this time to the half guard. Jennifer freed her knee and climbed up to the mount, where she finished with a key lock submission.
The open class had eight competitors and would require three more wins to get to the top of the podium. In the quarter final match, Jennifer’s opponent sat to guard and she quickly secured a pass and three points. She mounted and went on to submit her third opponent of the day. The open class semi-final was another match that Jennifer started with a foot sweep to get to top position. She opened her opponents closed guard and started working an over under pass. During the pass, Jennifer hooked her opponent’s leg and finished a kneebar from the top over under position. The kneebar finish put Jennifer into the open class final against Amanda De Oliveira. Jennifer scored yet another takedown to start the match and immediately worked her way to the half guard position. She passed to the mount, took the back, and locked in a match ending choke less than two minutes into the contest. Her strategy of getting on top, passing to the mount, and attacking submissions earned Jennifer five wins, five submissions, and two gold medals.
GF Team’s Jaime Canuto Wins Big At Master 1 Middleweight
After winning a World Master title in 2021, Jamie Canuto entered the middleweight division again in 2022 in search of his second gold medal at the event. At this year’s event we saw Jaime utilize his torreando passing and submission attacks, a style he’s become known for throughout the years. In his first match he pulled to closed guard and quickly locked up a triangle choke to get his first submission of the day. The second match saw Jaime put his top game on display, using a torreando pass to secure three points. His opponent recovered his guard and got to the 50/50 position, but Jamie stood up and attacked his opponent’s top leg with a toe hold to get the tap. In the quarterfinal match, Jaime pulled guard and came on top for two points. As he worked to pass his opponent’s guard, Jaime attempted a triangle before he and his opponent went out of bounds. On the reset, Jamie remained on bottom, where he swept from a single leg, moved to the back, and finished with a clock choke.
Jaime’s semi-final match showcased more of his passing prowess. He utilized his fast paced torreando pass to get around his opponents legs and get to the back. Once he secured his opponent’s back, Jaime worked his grips deep in his opponent’s collars and finished with a choke. After four submission victories, Jaime moved on to the final against Jhonny Loureiro of Alliance. It was a tight match that Jaime won via a sweep he hit early in the match. His gold medal run included four submissions in his five matches.
Submission Machine Piter Frank Wins Double Gold At Master 2
Alliance’s Piter Frank is widely regarded as one of the most creative submission specialists in jiu-jitsu. He wasted no time living up to that reputation at the 2022 World Master as he hit a flying armbar in less than thirty seconds in his opening match. He followed it up with another spectacular flying armbar in his second match and an armbar he set up from his opponent’s deep half guard in his third match. A semi-final win via points put Piter in the final. In the final Piter attempted yet another flying armbar, but his opponent was able to defend the attack. As the two athletes engaged on the feet, Piter took his opponent’s lapel out and pulled closed guard. He wrapped the lapel around his opponents neck and finished the submission while his opponent remained standing. It was another incredible submission for Piter whose submission count reached four after the middleweight final.
Middleweight gold wasn’t enough though as Piter also jumped into the open class. His first match in the open class was a straight footlock finish less than two minutes into the match. The open class final was against Diego Herzog, who took second in the heavyweight division. Diego pulled guard and Piter wrapped up his foot, finishing a belly down ankle lock 1:08 into the match. The two open class submission victories gave Piter six submissions in seven matches at the 2022 World Master.
Master 1 Featherweight Tracey Goodell Has 100% Submission Rate
Free World Jiu Jitsu’s Tracey Goodell competed in the master 1 featherweight division and put on a submission clinic. In the first of her three matches, Tracey exchanged sweeps with her opponent. When she got to the top position, she flattened her opponent in the half guard. Tracey’s pressure allowed her to pass to the mount position, where she secured an armbar finish. In the semi final match, Tracey played the bottom position, finishing her opponent with a unique lapel choke, putting her into the featherweight finals. A triangle finish in the final gave Tracey her third submission of the day and a 100% submission rate.
Atos Heavyweight Gustavo Campos Wins Master 3 Double Gold
Atos leader Gustavo Campos competed in the master 3 heavyweight and open class divisions and used a variety of submissions throughout his campaign. His first match was a beautiful technical display as Gustavo pulled guard, swept, took the back, and finished a choke. After his opponent was DQ’ed for going out of bounds while in a submission, Gustavo advanced to the quarter-final where he submitted his opponent with an armbar from side control. He added a clock choke to his list of submissions in the semi-final and won the final via an advantage. In the open class, Gustavo submitted his first opponent with a choke from the crucifix before winning his next two by ref’s decision and points. He won a total of nine matches throughout his run to master 3 double gold.