The Vitoria International Open was held at the Ginásio Tancredão in Brazil on Saturday August 6th and Sunday August 7th. The event drew some elite black belt competitors who are currently residing in Brazil.
Jansen Gomes of CheckMat competed in the medium-heavy and open class divisions in the gi. At medium-heavy, Jansen had two matches. In his first match, Jansen passed the guard, took the back, and finished with a rear naked choke. In the medium-heavy final, Jansen once again put his elite passing skills on display. He forced his opponent to turtle and found an armbar during a transition where he attempted to take the back. Jansen would move on to the open class where he would have four more matches.
Jansen continued to assert his guard passing dominance and submit three of his four opponents in the open, with all three submissions coming by way of rear naked choke. In the final, Jansen controlled the match from start to finish. He pulled guard, swept, passed, took the back, and finished with a rear naked choke. The submission was his fifth in six fights on the day. On Sunday, Jansen competed without the gi, also in the medium-heavy division. After two more victories Jansen secured his third gold medal of the weekend.
Another CheckMat athlete also had a great day in the gi. Gabriel Rollo competed in one of the biggest black belt divisions of the day and took home lightweight gold. “I had four matches and three submissions. I felt well prepared but I was nervous in the first two fights because I hadn’t competed in a long time. Then, in the semi and final, I was calmer. I liked the performance but I was only training hard for one month for this championship because of a knee surgery. In my next tournaments I must be better and more confident.”
At heavyweight, Atos Jiu-Jitsu’s Pedro Machado had an outstanding performance. “I had two fights in the heavyweight division and I won both by submission, one with an inverse triangle and another with an arm bar. I’m happy with my performance. I will try to compete more in more opens to get more experience.”
Amanda de Oliveira was the standout female competitor in the gi. After winning the heavyweight division with two victories, Amanda won two more in the open class for double gold.
In the no-gi divisions, Joao Gabriel de Souza Rangel of Double Five Tijuca and Natalia Zumba won open class gold. Joao had three victories in the open and Natalia had two, capping off great showcases of jiu-jitsu in Vitoria.
2022 Vitoria International Open team results:
1. Nova União
2. GF Team
2022 Vitoria International No-Gi Open team results: