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60 awesome pictures to relive the incredible thrills of the 2014 Jiu-Jitsu season (Part 1)

4_GB72_StampSiteThe 2014 Jiu-jitsu season is entering its last trimester so it is time to look back at the incredible thrills we have experienced so far. From the European Open, in January, to the American Nationals, last weekend, the stars of the gentle art were responsible for moments that will stick to our minds for years.

GRACIEMAG, in its mission of covering all things Jiu-Jitsu, was at every corner and for that was able to register those moments through its talented photographers. The first part of this gallery goes from the European Open to the IBJJF Hall of Fame dinner, one day before the Worlds. Enjoy and tell us what kind of emotions this amazing pictures made you feel then and now.

1 – A crowd favorite, Fernando Tererê was once again where he belonged at the European championship, the top of the podium

2 – Paolo Amodeo made to the podium of his division at the 2014 European and deserved a standing ovation from the crowdPaolo Amodeo made to the podium of his division at the 2014 European and deserved a standing ovation from the crowd

3 – Alex Trans wrote his name in history when he became the first European to win the Euro Open black belt open class divisionAlex Trans wrote his name in history when he became the first European to win the Euro Open black belt open class division

4 – At the Pan, Photographer Carol Gracie captured the exact moment when Milton Bastos celebrated what he thought was a win, the protest of Ivaniel Oliveira saying he did not lose conscience and referee André Glodzinski realizing his mistake. Later on, Milton had to finish Ivaniel again to really win the rooster semifinalAt the Pan, Milton Bastos had to finish Ivaniel Oliveira twice in the same fight to advance to the roosterweight final

5 – Alliance’s Nicholas Meregali did a great job at the Pan, winning the purple belt open class with this teeth-clenching choke from the backAlliance's Nicholas Meregali did a great job at the Pan, winning the purple belt open class with this fierce choke from the back

6 – Leandro Lo proved the efficiency of his passing guard game against Alex Trans in the Pan open class semifinalIMG_1677

7 – André Galvão had a dream-like Pan, winning two gold medals and helping Atos to snatch the teams title from Alliance hands by two points

8 – The Galvão family also shone in the female division with André’s wife Angélica

9 – The power of Inacio Neto’s celebration at the Pan was captured by photographer Erin Herle 

10 – Once again, Abu Dhabi became the BJJ capital of the world in April with the 6th edition of the WPJJC

11 – In Abu Dhabi, two days of kids competition showed that the future of the gentle art in the country is guaranteed

12 – The FGB arena was built primarily for Jiu-Jitsu competitions, the first of its kind in the worldFGB Arena in Abu Dhabi

13 – The upset of the year happened in Abu Dhabi, when Thiago Barreto defeated Paulo Miyao in the 64kg division first matchThe upset of the year happened in Abu Dhabi, when Thiago Barreto defeated Paulo Miyao in the division first match

14 – Later on, João Miyao defeated Barreto in the semifinal and secured the gold medal against Tiago BravoLater on, João Miyao got the family revenge when he defeated Barreto in the semifinal

15 – Gabi Garcia made only one appearance in big events this year to win double gold in Abu DhabiGabi Garcia made only one appearance in big events this year to win double gold in Abu Dhabi

16 – Roberto Satoshi reached his third gold medal in the WPJJC and celebrated like a true Japanese superheroRoberto Satoshi reached his third gold medal in WPJJC and celebrated like a true Japanese superhero

17 – Photographer Ivan Trindade was fortunate enough to catch Braulio Estima’s glance at Keenan Cornelius just before they clashed at the WPJJCPhotographer Ivan Trindade was fortunate enough to catch Braulio Estima's glance at Keenan Cornelius just before they clashed at the WPJJC

18 – The two most dominant athletes in BJJ today met at the weigh-in in Abu Dhabi and acted nothing like the bullies you see in MMAThe two most dominant athletes in BJJ today met at the weigh-in in Abu Dhabi and acted nothing like the bullys you see in MMA

19 – Leandro Lo did what he could in the open class in Abu Dhabi, but could not avoid tapping to Rodolfo VieiraLeandro Lo did what he could in the open class in Abu Dhabi, but could not avoid tapping to Rodolfo Vieira

20 – The open class final in Abu Dhabi was the closest Rodolfo got to defeating Buchecha since 2011The open class final in Abu Dhabi was the closest Rodolfo got to defeating Buchecha since 2011

21 – Despite all of Rodolfo’s pressure, Buchecha managed a last-second sweep to win his second gold medal in the absoluteDespite all of Rodolfo's pressure, Buchecha managed a last-second sweep to win his second gold medal in the absolute

22 – The two points indicated by the referee turned Rodolfo’s dream into a nightmareThe two points indicated by the referee turned Rodolfo's dream into a nightmare

23 – In Las Vegas, Gerson Aitogue had the perfect face for what it means to fight Rafael MendesIn Las Vegas, Gerson Aitogue had the perfect face for what it means to fight Rafael Mendes

24 – After six years away, Ana Laura Cordeiro made her return to competition at the Las Vegas Spring OpenAfter sic years away, Ana Laura Cordeiro made her return to competition at the Las Vegas Spring Open

25 – Marcelo Mafra had a great win in Las Vegas and celebrated accordinglyMarcelo Mafra had a great win in Las Vegas and celebrated accordingly

26 – In San Jose, during the American Cup, Eliot Kelly choked Bernardo Filho in a way hard enough to be understood, let alone to defendIn Santa Cruz, during the American Cup, Eliot Kelly choked Bernardo Filho in a way hard to understand, let alone to defend

27 – The kids rooting for the kids in San Jose, during the American CupThe kids rooting for the kids in Santa Cruz, during the American Cup

28 – Three generations of passion for Jiu-JitsuThree generations of passion for Jiu-Jitsu

29 – In a historic picture, the members of the first class of the IBJJF Hall of Fame met on the day before the WorldsIn a historical picture, the members of the first class of the IBJJF Hall of Fame met on day before the Worlds

30 – The IBJJF Hall of Fame dinner was the stage for the first ever Jiu-Jitsu world champions selfieThe IBJJF Hall of Fame was the stage for the first ever Jiu-Jitsu world champions selfie

End of Part 1

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