Watch non-black belts show their skills on their way to European Open gold

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Purple belts at the European Open. Photo: Ivan Trindade

Purple belts at the European Open. Photo: Ivan Trindade

At the first large IBJJF tournament of the year, athletes other than the black belt superstars were able to find a successful rhythm for the start of the 2014 season in Lisbon, Portugal. The IBJJF European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship brought together international talent from white to brown on the days leading up to Sunday’s black belts and these are some videos showcasing such skills.

Check out some of the lower belts in the next generation of competitors from the four-day weekend on Jan. 23-26:

Danielle Alvarez of GMA Alvarez BJJ took gold in the purple belt female featherweight division:

Eric Cong Phan won the purple belt male light-featherweight division:

Marcio Andre won the brown belt male lightweight division:

Bruno Ivan Tomasetti won the brown belt male open class division:

Vanessa English of GMA Gracie Barra Nottingham won the brown belt female light-featherweight division:


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