GFTeam wins 2012 Brazilian Team Nationals

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Rodolfo Vieira

Rodolfo Vieira tries a sweep in Tijuca. Photo by Gustavo Aragão.

The always riveting Brazilian Team National Championship delivered first-rate Jiu-Jitsu at Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca Tennis Club this Saturday. Amid a storm of noisy cheering sections, celebrations and heated contests, the gentle art’s most traditional teams again made the tournament well worth attending. In the overall team standings, GFTeam came out on top, with last year’s winner, Nova União, taking second, and Alliance in third.

Rodolfo Vieira made his competition return in the gymnasium that first thrust him into the limelight, with his teammates Igor Silva, Leonardo Maciel, Ricardo Evangelista and Wancler Santos winning alongside him in the brown/black belt division.

The lightweight master division was Nova União’s, though, with representatives of the old guard like Rodrigo “Feijão” and André Motta coming up spades. GFTeam won the heavyweight leg of the competition.

Check out the complete results here.

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