Bring on the Chicago Open!

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André and team in Houston / Photo: personal archive

One of the leaders of Brazil 021, André Terencio, or better known in the Jiu-Jitsu world as André Negão, is celebrating the solid performance from his students at the Houston International Open. His team is also confirmed at the next of the so-called Open events, which will take place this weekend in Chicago.

“Whenever we can, we take our students to Chicago for the events the IBJJF puts on. On February 12 and 13 we went to Houston with five athletes from Chicago and we brought back five medals (three bronze, one silver and one gold)! Some partners of ours, from Brazil 021 Houston (Professor Marcos Cerqueira), also placed. It was a really high-level event,” remarks the black belt.

“This weekend, we’re taking nineteen athletes and we hope to repeat the achievement from Houston, with everyone making it onto the podium. We had an eight-week camp and we hope to put on a good show. I feel it’s really important that Chicago be a part of the IBJJF calendar; that way it will be a reference for the style in the USA, as is the case with California and Texas,” he remarks.

“What I always hear from the folks is, ‘Teach, you were right, once you compete at an IBJJF event, you never see the other competitions the same, since everything works. I can take my kids to watch me compete, since I know I’ll be called up on time. Besides that, they’re totally family-oriented events,’” he says in closing.

And stay tuned to GRACIEMAG.com for all the latest on the Chicago Winter Open.

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