What an amazing year this has been! When I started our association, it wasn’t to win titles but to spread my style of Jiu Jitsu and change lives. Thats why I was so overwhelmed this past weekend at the 8th Annual no gi world championships, when as a team we took home 2nd in the adult division and 3rd in the masters division. There are so many people to thank and congratulate but first and foremost I’d like to thank everyone who has ever supported and believed in me. My family, you guys have always been there and I can’t thank you enough. All of my students and affiliates, I am so blessed that you intrust your Jiu Jitsu and future with me. To the people who subscribe to online training, THANK YOU, I love sharing my Jiu Jitsu and philosophy with you guys and it means so much that so many people have been supportive. Lastly to the team, we are CTA!! This is only the beginning.
From CTA Academy in San Jose, we had 9 competitors, Professors Yuri Simoes, Flavio Meier, Vitor Paschoal and myself as well as students Marco Zulauf, Being Silva, Kristina Barlan, Ryan and Kaniela. All did well and took home a total of 7 medals (4 gold medals, 1 silver and 2 bronze!) I am proud of everyone, not just the guys who competed but all the students who continue to inspire and push me to be better on and off the mat.