Brazilian Nationals brimming with stars

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Bruninho Malfacine in Tijuca: he wants more gold for his collection. Photo: Gustavo Aragão/2010.

The traditional Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship kicked off last weekend, and this coming one is time for the brown and black belts to take to the mats.

As the list was released, the number of girls present in the absolute was a sight for sore eyes, as it is a sign of how female Jiu-Jitsu is growing, in Brazil and around the world.

In the men’s division, there are so many tough fighters that naming them all would be impossible.

But, from A to Z (or Ary to Zeferino), how about Bruno Malfacine, Ivaniel Oliveira, Felipinho Costa and Pablo Teixeira at roosterweight; Ary Farias, Leandro Martins and Gabriel Moraes at light featherweight; Bruno Frazatto, Gabriel Willcox and Theodoro Canal at featherweight; and Michael Langhi, Leandro Nascimento, Augusto Tanquinho, Jonathan Torres, Rodrigo Caporal, Jacob Mackenzie and André Ushirobira at lightweight?

And there’s still Alan Finfou, Augusto Vieira, Gabriel Goulart, Victor Bonfim at middleweight; Serginho Moraes, Rogel Monsalve, Helvécio Penna, Rommel Cardozo, Nivaldo Lima at medium heavyweight; Antonio “Cara de Sapato”, João Zeferino, Paulo Streckert at heavyweight; Antonio Peinado, Léo Nogueira, Augusto Ferrari and Ricardo Evangelista at superheavyweight; and Marcio Pé de Pano, Chiquinho Fernandes, Luiz Big Mac, Bruno Matias, Michael Wilson and Charles Cachoeira at ultraheavyweight!

Now is this tourney going to go off, or what? Show up at the Tijuca Tennis Club, and check back with GRACIEMAG.com for complete coverage.

Check out who else is fighting and the timetable by visiting the CBJJ.com.br website, here.

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