2016 PAN: Faria, Correa top black belt open class; see other champions crowned

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The 2016 Pan Jiu-Jitsu championship is in the books.

Day 4 was filled with thrills from top to bottom until all champions were crowned at the adult black belt division.

The two standouts were Bernardo Faria and Andresa Correa.

For the second year in a row, Faria met Leandro Lo in the open class final and the match followed the same script as last year. Faria played on top, worked the pass and as Lo turtled, Bernardo put the hooks in and attacked the lapels to get the choke. This was Bernardo’s third absolute title at the Pan, something no other black belt has.

Bernardo talked about his duels with Lo: “I go in knowing that I can lose. So I give my best and keep going until I get on his side. Thank God it has worked well so far, but I have all the respect for him.”

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In the female open class, an injury to Dominyka Obelenyte’s right knee prevented her from taking part in the final. Andresa was crowned champion and talked about the best moment of her career, with open class titles at the European and Pan: “It’s all a result of my dedication. I drive everyday from my city to the capital of Sao Paulo. I have to deal with traffic, rain, cold. Despite how tiring it is, I never gave up”.

Click here to see how all other champions were defined.

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