Alliance’s celebrations at the Tijuca Tennis Club

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Peinado got the tapout in two matches at the competition. Photo: Gustavo Aragão

Alliance had another great performance with its heavy black belt team at last weekend’s Brazilian Team Nationals.

First, the students of Fabio Gurgel and Alexandre Paiva beat GFTeam’s B team. Rafael Bettega got an armbar submission, Bernardo Faria went part João Gabriel on points and Antonio Peinado got a chokehold finish.

Then, against Gordo-Evolve, Fabio Romão submitted Pedro Borges with a wrist lock, while Fabiano “Boi” Souza caught Renan Vital with a kneebar. As Roberto Gordo’s team only had four athletes, they were automatically eliminated.

In the big decider, against GFTeam’s team A, Peinado opened the scoring with an armbar on Vitor Henrique and Bernardo Faria used a triangle to put away Ricardo Evangelista. Rodolfo Vieira tried to rain on the parade with a choke on Bettega, but Fabiano Boi submitted Vinícius Marinho with another kneebar and secured the title for Alliance’s second time.

“Everyone trained hard for this title,” said a Bernardo Faria in celebration.

“This is one of the coolest championships to compete at because it’s not an individual thing. It involves the union of the entire group,” said Peinado in summary.

Check out Alliance’s celebrations and what the standouts had to say in the video below:

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