A standout competitor ever since he was a blue belt, Bernardo Faria definitively carved out a place for himself at black belt this year, his second year at the highest competitive belt level.
At the European Championship he closed out the heavyweight bracket with is master, Fabio Gurgel. Then he came to prominence once and for all, as you can see in the series of videos the Alliance ace sent in to GRACIEMAG.com.
Physical conditioning work
To guarantee his place at the top of the winners’ stand, one must be both technically and physically prepared. Bernardo doesn’t let that fact escape him.
Pan 2010 highlights
Last April the fighter etched his name in Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu history, when he captured gold medals at both heavyweight and open weight.
Best of the Brazilian Nationals 2010
Then came the Brazilian Nationals in May. Bernardo ended up losing at weight, dropping out in the semifinal to Alexandro Ceconi, but met with victory of a more significant kind, winning the gold medal in the absolute division, where he overcame Rafael Lovato in the championship decider.
Worlds 2010 highlights
Faria’s consolidation at black belt would finally come at the June World Championship event. The native of the city of Juiz de Fora won the heavyweight division at Xande Ribeiro’s expense, edging out the two-time absolute world champion in the decider.