Nova União Invitational a success; Shaolin and Robson join Hall of Fame

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Paul Nava outpointed Rod Wilson in senior 1 black belt division. Publicity photo.

The weekend of December 3 and 4, 2011 was a memorable one for the Nova União team in the United States, as the inaugural Nova União Invitational, a two-day tournament open only to NU schools, gathered 85 competitors in a very friendly atmosphere. Competitors of all belts fought their hearts out displayed tremendous attitude. The highlight of the tournament was the senior 1 black belt match where Paul Nava (AZ) defeated Rod Wilson (NV) by 2 to 0.

From left to right, old friends Vitor "Shaolin", Gustavo Dantas and Robson Moura / Publicity photo

During the tournament, Gustavo Dantas inducted the team’s two greatest IBJJF champions, Robson Moura and Vitor “Shaolin”, into the Nova União USA Hall of Fame. “Besides the fact that they are my favorite Jiu-Jitsu competitors to watch, they are also personal friends. So it was very emotional for me to have them here supporting the event and seeing how my hard work is paying off.”

On Sunday, 90 lucky attendees participated in the Fusion Seminar with Robson Moura, Vitor “Shaolin” and Gustavo Dantas. “It was a great event overall. We are producing a DVD from the event, which will include 26 final matches from the NU Invitational, the Hall of Fame Ceremony, and the Seminar. Bonus features with more advanced positions, behind-the-scenes footage and more will be available.”

Check out the full results at novauniao.com.
Check out what Dantas had to say about the 1st Nova União Invitational:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA4cH3nvTBM

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  1. LucianaMachadoSimon at 8:05 pm

    WOW!!! NOW I AM TRULY HAPPY TO SEE MY TWO CHAMPIONS!!! I AM ABOUT TO CRY HERE…. I REMEMBER THAT EVERY TIME SHAOLIN WOULD FIGHT, I WOULD RUN, BECAUSE I COULD NOT MISS A SECOND OF A FIGHT OF HIS. I WOULD ARRIVE AT THE TOURNMENT AND SAY: “DID SHAOLIN FIGHT ALREADY?” BECAUSE HE ALWAYS HAD SOMETHING TO SHOW. HE NEVER WON JUST BY POINTS. IT WAS JUST INCREDIBLE. I BELIEVE HE WAS MY FAVORITE BJJ FIGHTER EVER! I AM SORRY FOR ALL THE OTHER ONES, BUT SHAOLIN FIGHTING, ALWAYS TOOK MY BREATH AWAY, LIKE NOONE ELSE… AND NOW, SEEING BOTH HERE, BEING CREDITED FOR HOW WONDERFUL THEY HAVE BEEN AND REPRESENTED OUR SPORT, IT’S JUST AMAZING. I BELIEVE THAT ROBINHO (ROBSON MOURA) IMPROVED A LOT HIS JIU-JITSU WITH TIME… DIFFERENTLY THAN THE OTHER FIGHTERS THAT GET TIRED AFTER THEIR 20’S DOING THE SAME OLD ALL DAY EVERY DAY, WHICH I UNDERSTAND, BY THE WAY. LAST TIME I SAW ROBINHO ON THE ABU DHABI, HE WAS BETTER THAN HE WAS WHEN HE WAS 20 AND, AT THAT TIME, I WA SPONSORING HIM TOGETHER WITH SHAOLIN!!!!!!!!!!! IT WAS JUST INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO, TONIGHT I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE YOU BOTH EQUALLY: SHAOLIN, FOR BEING MY FAVORITE BJJ FIGHTER OF ALL TIMES; AND ROBINHO, FOR BEING LIKE AN EXAMPLE TO BE FOLLOWED… THAT THING THAT PEOPLE LOVE TO SAY: “OH, YO ARE TOO OLD FOR THAT” ROBINHO (ROBSON MOURA) SHOWS, WITH SO MUCH EASINESS, THAT IT DOES NOT EXIST AT THIS STAGE OF OUR LIVES YET. IT CAN HAPPEN, YES, BUT MUCH LATER… SO, GUYS, YOU ARE BOTH MY HEROES AND I LOVE YOU BOTH!!!! TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELVES, AND ALL MY LOVE, GRATITUDE AND PRIDE, FOR HAVING HAD THE HONOR OF SPONSORING YOU TWO FOR SO LONG, GO FOR YOU…
    LU DA MKIMONOS USA.

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