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Mikey Musumeci comments black belt debut against João Miyao: “It was an honor.”

Mikey Musumeci vs. João Miyao at the 2015 American Nationals. Photo Samantha Deeder
Mikey Musumeci vs. João Miyao at the 2015 American Nationals. Photo Samantha Deeder

summer promoMikey Musumeci debuted in the black belt division with a bang.

Last Saturday, he defeated João Miyao 5-1 on advantages after a berimbolo battle at the 2015 American Nationals.

The younger brother of Tammi Musumeci talked to GRACIEMAG’s Vitor Freitas about the accomplishment.

“It was an honor to compete against João. He’s been an idol for such a long time and that’s why it was incredible to test myself against the best. The match was a battle for both of us, but I managed to come out with a win. I have a lot of respect for João,” said Mikey.

Mikey Musumeci vs. João Miyao at the 2015 American Nationals Photo Samantha Deeder
Mikey Musumeci vs. João Miyao at the 2015 American Nationals Photo Samantha Deeder

Musumeci got close to doing what most people not even dream of when facing a Miyao.

“In the beginning of the match I almost got his back, but I was unable to complete the technique. After that, I attacked the leg lock several times. João is very flexible so it’s really difficult to get him to tap with an attack from the waist down.”

In closing, Mikey shared his amazement with how fast he evolved through the rankings.

“A few years ago I was a blue belt watching this guys compete in the black belt. Now I am fighting them. It was a great opportunity to test myself and see at what level I am. Before the match, Professor Gui Mendes told me not to be nervous and that competing in the black belt division is the same as all the other belts. Now I know it’s only the beginning. I can hardly wait to do it again.”

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