Gordo rep Vital wins in LA

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Following the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship, Roberto Gordo black belt Renan Vital extended his stay in the country awhile longer to polish up his technique, teach class, compete, and experience new things. And the stint in the USA paid off. Last weekend Vital took gold at a tournament in Los Angeles.

“I had two matches and imposed the pace. Thank God I got the finish in both of them. I want to thank Gerson Sanginitto, who has been backing me up in training, and my masters Rabicó and Gordo, among others,” said Renan.

Vital passes guard in LA. Personal archive photo.

The opportunity to travel to the US and compete at the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship arose when he won the ticket as a prize in Rio de Janeiro.

“I came to California using a ticket I won at the Rio Mineirinho circuit, and I’m really grateful for them putting together this initiative for the athletes. If I hadn’t won the ticket, I don’t know if I’d ever have planned to come here, as the price is really steep for me,” he said in thanks.

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