Tagarela covets other titles after win in Hawaii

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Tagarela in action. Photo: personal archives

Jonatas “Tagarela” Gurgel was one of the standouts of the Honolulu Open that shook up Hawaii this month. Pleased with his triumph, now the Atos representative is getting ready for new challenges.

“I ended up winning the Honolulu Open. I competed at lightweight and became champion after two matches. The first one I got the finish and I won the final against GFTeam’s Wallace Castro by points (12 to 0),” he explains.

His upcoming matches will be in the United States, in two IBJJF tournaments.

“Now my focus is still on the gi. I’ll be at the American Nationals and the Miami Open,” says the black belt, already with his eye on 2011.

“I’m competing with my focus on the next year’s big tourneys. Next season I’ll do my preparations at Atos headquarters in Rio Claro, and my aim is to get into a strong competition rhythm this year to do awesome in everything in 2011. I want to double up with (Gilbert) Durinho at lightweight!” he forewarns.

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