Gracie Barra professor Kleber Buiú took top spot at the No-Gi Brazilian Nationals last Saturday at Canto do Rio club in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro state.
Before winning the absolute division after closing out the final with his buddy Frederico Zaganelli, Buiú also won the medium heavyweight division, and commented on the conquest: “I really did expect to win,” he told GRACIEMAG.com,
“because I was well trained and really focused.”
It’s the second time Buiú wins the title, explaining when it was that he started believing it was indeed his day:
“I started believing I’d win the absolute as well after winning my first match, which was really tough,” said the black belt, who feels his game flows better at No-Gi competitions.
“I really feel my game is better without the gi, but even in competition I prefer to wear the gi. It’s with the gi that a refine my technique,” he explained.
Head teacher at Gracie Barra alongside Jefferson Moura, Buiú had planned to be at the No-Gi Worlds next week in Long Beach but had let his visa expire.
“I didn’t manage to renew this year, so my main objective now is the 2012 Gi Worlds. Expect me there,” he said in closing.
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