Las Vegas Open “worth the drive”

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Northwest Martial Arts Team Megaton’s Brent Primus drove 15 hours from Eugene, Oregon, to get to the Las Vegas International Open, and it was definitely worth the drive. The 26-year-old brown belt not only won his middle weight division, but he also secured gold in the absolute, making him a double gold winner on the day.

Brent's arm raised in victory / Photo: Jerry Roberts

Brent has been a brown belt for almost three years and competes in as many tournaments as he can. In the absolute, Brent had two matches. The first was against Nova Uniao’s Ryan Heilman. “I pulled guard, swept, got on top, passed his guard and got a collar-type choke that I made up a couple years ago. I call it the Primus choke,” Brent laughs.

The final was against Jesus Artesi of Lotus Club JJ. “He pulled guard, I passed his guard and took his back,” Brent says, “I submitted him with a bow choke.” The bow choke is Brent’s favorite Jiu-Jitsu move, so he’s looking for it every time he rolls. “I like to take the back,” Brent says, “It’s such a controlled position. I do the bow choke well. I have so much leverage on it.”

Interestingly enough, Brent says that no one has scored a point on him for the past three years, since turning brown belt. “I’ve lost by advantages before but not very often, and no one’s scored a point on me since I’ve been a brown belt.” That’s quite an accomplishment.

It’s common for Brent to compete in the open class at events. “I’ve won them all so far,” he says, “I’ve done a couple in Vegas, the U.S. Open, and a few in Oregon. I like to do opens. They’re more of a challenge for me.”

Brent also had two  matches in his middleweight division. The first was against Brandon Magana of BJJ Revolution. “It was a really tough match,” he says, “I only won by a few points and some advantages. I threw him for a takedown. He was really strong and had a really good base. I controlled him from the top. I had him in a crucifix for over half the match. It was really frustrating that I couldn’t close it.”

His second match was against Gracie Barra’s  Diogo Silva de Souza. It was another tough match, and a very technical one, but Brent won it by points. “It was a really fun match,” he says, “Diogo’s very technical. I was able to take him down, pass his guard, and then take his back.”

Brent says the Las Vegas International Open was a great experience and he’s glad he made the 15-hour drive from Oregon to get there. “It was definitely worth the drive,” he says, “I went against some tough competitors I wouldn’t be able to find in Oregon. I also loved watching guys like Caio Terra compete as well.”

Two years before the 2011 Worlds he tore his knee, so he only competed at the smaller tournaments. The last time he competed in a Worlds was 2009, when he came in second to Ryan Beauregard of BJJ Revolution in the brown belt division. Brent is in good health now and plans on competing at all the big tournaments this year and next. Brent would like to thank his instructor, Ryan Clark, and his academy. “Thank you for making me the competitor and person I am today.”

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There are 17 comments for this article
    • Alsjdflkjsdfsf at 4:57 am

      This is beyond stupid, this guy gets a silver at worlds in 2009 and is still a brown belt. ahah wow can you say sandbagger?

      • NWMA Student at 5:38 am

        Some schools don’t give out black belts easily. That is why NWMA is the best. All of our students earn there belts. They spend a traditional amount of time on each color and then only after showing loyalty, dedication, ability to teach and competitive edge among other things, are they allowed to move on. If your black belt instructor only knows how to win matches and not teach you how good are they? Do they really deserve to even be a black belt? Brent is an awesome guy and a good friend. You can bet he won’t be a brown belt much longer and when he gets his black you will know that he is a totally well rounded and well deserving… Make the black belt mean more!

      • Brentprimus at 7:18 am

        Common now, it’s not up to me when I get my black belt. It’s up to my instructor and I only see him once a year. Trust me I want my black belt so I can compete against the best in the world, but until then I’m going to continue training hard and competing!

  1. Brentprimus at 7:13 am

    Common now, it’s not up to me when I get my black belt, it’s when my instructor gives it to me and I only see him once a year. Trust me I can’t wait to get my black belt and compete with the best in the world, bit until then I’m going to continue training hard and competing.

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