Following placing second at the Las Vegas Open and third at the American No-Gi Nationals, team Nova União, led by GMA Gustavo Dantas, is heading full steam into this weekend’s American Nationals in Carson, California.
“We’re taking forty competitors this time,” warns the black belt, who predicts a close battle:
“I believe first place will be between Gracie Barra and BJJ Revolution, who have a lot of athletes. But third place will be an even closer contest between Nova União, Ribeiro Brothers and Gracie Humaitá,” he wagers.
The goal is to make it onto the winners’ stand and to have another solid campaign in a big IBJJF tournament.
“Our team aims to make it back onto the podium at the Worlds and the Pan. At this year’s Pan, we won the juvenile division, just as we did at the No-Gi Worlds in 2009. But our goal is to take first in the adult division again, like we did in 1997. We know it will be a long road, but we’re fighting for it,” he says in closing.
To find out more about Nova União in the United States, visit www.novauniao.com.