The 2013 World Championship promises to break all records for number of athletes, with athletes of all ages, belts and nations, veterans and rookies.
In addition to young talents, in blue and white belt, there are also experienced professors ready to test themselves for the first time.
GRACIEMAG, for example, found a black belt that will make his debut in the Worlds. Right in the heavy division, infused with athletes like Xande Ribeiro and Rodolfo Vieira.
We are talking about professor Nathan Basseto, 30 years old, who lives in Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo. He explained his motivations:
“It is the most important Jiu-Jitsu championship on the planet. It will be an honor to represent Ribeirao Preto and my sponsors. I will do my best to make everyone proud. I’m not enrolling just to participate and I’m not going just for fun. I’m going for the medal,” says Nathan, who has been training Jiu-Jitsu for 16 years. He even managed to gain support from the local soccer team Botafogo FC, which will have their logo printed on his gi.
“I was dedicating myself to training athletes and social projects here in São Paulo for a long time. Now I feel the need to compete more. I felt unfulfilled and competition will solve that problem. I am in search of it. I want to further motivate my students to follow the same paths. The level of competition is high, but I will do everything possible to fight on equal terms against all,” said the experienced rookie, who travels on Wednesday in the company of brown belt Evandro Nunes “Pezao”, who fights in the super heavyweight division.
Nathan Basseto became a black belt in April 2009.
And you, what is your motivation to enroll in the World? Let us know below!