It’s official folks! The 2012 San Diego Trials wrapped up this March 10 and 11, and the organizers have provided GRACIEMAG with the official results from the event. The weekend provided Jiu-Jitsu enthusiasts with some fantastic, competitive matches. Sunday, in particular, was action packed, with competitors vying aggressively for those coveted airline tickets to Abu Dhabi.
Black belt Xande Ribeiro of Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu was king for a day, winning both his weight division, facing Romulo Barral of Gracie Barra in the final, and then the absolute, where André Galvão of Atos was his opposition in the decider. The crowd could not get enough of the suspenseful and exciting matches, rising to their feet and clapping over and over again and giving Xande a standing ovation at the end of the day for his near-perfect performances on the day. Xande himself was resolved to tears as his hand was raised after his electrifying win against André.
But every belt in every division was impressive, displaying superior talent while fighting it out to get that gold medal and a trip to Abu Dhabi. So, with no further ado, here are the men and women who received those coveted all-expenses-paid trips to the 2012 Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Professional Championship this coming April 12-14:
Brown and Black Belts
143lbs – Laercio Fernandes, Cobrhina BJJ/Lotus
163lbs – Zak Maxwell, Gracie Humaita
183lbs – Andre Galvao, Atos
202lbs – Alexandre Ribeiro, Ribeiro BJJ
Over 202lbs – Marcel Fortuna, Ralph Gracie
Light Absolute – Brian Morizi, Atos
Heavy Absolute – Nisar Loynab, Ribeiro BJJ
Light Absolute – Edwin Najmi, Gracie Barra
Heavy Absolute – John Owning, Nova Uniao
Open Weight Absolute – Endhyr Meza, Atos
Light Absolute 139lbs – Angelica Galvao, Atos
Heavy Absolute Over 139lbs – Emily Wetzel, BJJ Revolution
White/ Blue Belts
Open Weight Absolute – Michella Almeida, Gracie Humaita
If you need any more information about the upcoming 2012 Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Professional Championship, you can go to: http://uaejj.com/en/index.php/wpjjc-2012-info
Until then, please enjoy the amazing picture show from Sunday’s San Diego Trials’ exciting and unforgettable action provided exclusively by the one and only Alicia Anthony!