Day 2 of the 2013 European Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship belonged to the purple belts.
The adult division, male and female, occupied the mats in Lisbon and provided the crowd with amazing moments of technique, heart and accomplishment.
In the end, 22 years old American Timothy-Michael Spriggs and 25 years old German Charlotte Von Baumgarten secured their places under the main spotlights.
Competing under the flag of Team Lloyd Irvin, Spriggs came from Baltimore, Maryland, where he trains at Crazy 88 Academy, to do his thing and he did. Very strong, he used some powerful shakedowns to take his opponents to the ground. With that, he first demolished his adversaries in the heavyweight division. Then, in the absolute, four more matches, all won by points, for the gold. The final challenge was against Alliance’s Rehan Muttalib and a guard pass was responsible for the 3-0 score that meant gold.
In the female division, German Charllote Von Baumgarten, from Alliance, entered the mats three times for the purple belt adult absolute gold. The final match was against Emilie Thylin (Dinamix Fighting Sports), and won by points. The gold medal collection was complete with the win at the lightweight division as well.
Besides the two absolute champions, the Friday in Lisbon featured the bravery of Brazilian Marcio Andre, who overcame the sudden passing of his mother only 12 days ago and came to Lisbon to win the lightweight division in six fights with three submissions. He also tried his luck in the absolute, falling to champion Timothy-Michael Spriggs.
After two days of competitions, Alliance is leading the male adult teams competition with 46 points, only two points ahead of Team Lloyd Irvin (44).
Day 3 is upon us and the brown belts and black belts are ready to go! Fernando Tererê is here and told GRACIEMAG that he can’t wait to fight. Him and many other stars will also appear on the mats
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