The Bruno Bastos Association, while new, is growing in numbers and in rank. The Texas team has been competing locally, nationally and internationally and picking up podium shots along the way with a multitude of its athletes. Its team is comprised of GMA Bastos BJJ Midland under Bruno Bastos himself, GMA Alvarez BJJ under Daniel Alvarez and other affiliate academies.
Over the past weekend on Sept. 13, the 2014 IBJJF Dallas Open came to a close with Bruno Bastos Association in the top spot for the team trophy. This is their fourth year in a row taking home the title.
Part of the association that helped to earn the trophy was GMA Alvarez BJJ. They made up 59 of the 82 competitors who were present in Dallas. They contributed 207 points to the 300 that were earned in total. Led by Daniel Alvarez, their total medal count was 18 gold, 10 silver, 15 bronze.
Both Bastos and Alvarez worked hard during the 12-hour day to coach, push, support, console, promote and congratulate their students. Gold medals were accumulated as were new belt colors for some.
Of the accomplishment, Bruno Bastos says it was exactly what they had planned. “I believe that the right thing to say without being arrogant is that we’re the best team in Texas. We’ve won every IBJJF tournament in Dallas. We’ve placed in the IBJJF tournament [as a team] in Houston. We have athletes winning all over the world. So I have the right to say that we’ve been dominating the scene in Texas,” says the third degree professor.