Going into this years worlds no gi from the outside everything looked the same but for me it was completely different.
As we were training I looked at our team and saw in their eyes the same dreams I had when I was younger, to be a champion. This year has been a defining year in my life, I realized that although I like to compete I like coaching more, because I love our team.
At no gi worlds after I lost the absolute to a very tough Dj Jackson my thoughts immediately were of my brother, Kim Terra and my CTA family who’s dreams would have to wait another year. Some traveled as far away as Hawaii to come up short and I know their time will come.
This weekend also had many highlights, Flavio Meier, Ryan Walsh, Matt Danna, Kristina Barlan, Bruce, Mario Gaxiola all made the podium which is a huge accomplishment. Marco who could have won many titles in previous years but chose to give it to his teammates was crowned he 2015 no gi world champ. Paulo who came to America with a dream also became a world champion. As for myself I won my 10th IBJJF world title, and got to share the moment with the team. That is better than any medal.
Thanks to my family, I wouldn’t be who I am without you. Thanks to all my friends, fans, and students for all your support over the years, my victory is our victory. Thanks to Yuri Simoes, Vitor Paschoal, and everyone who helped coach the guys so that I could compete. Lastly thanks to my sponsor Gameness Fight Wear , they have been by my side for years and have always supported me on and off the mat. They are a company that has invested in our sport, and a company I believe in as much as they believe in me.