Gracie Barra celebrates victory at Chicago Open

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Adem Redzovic celebrates Chicago Winter Open team title. Photo: publicity.

Gracie Barra’s leader in the midwest, Adem Redzovic, is celebrating the teams victory at last weekend’s IBJJF Chicago Open. Here’s what the the black belt professor had to say:

“The IBJJF always puts on the most organized and well-run tournaments in the region, by far. So it’s always exciting to attend the event. It’s kind of like a family reunion to see old friends, and it’s great to see our competitors compete against teams from around the United States. This weekend we had great performances all around, notably black belts Gustavo ‘Siri’ Pires winning his division as well as the absolute in amazing fashion, Professor Marcos Barros, who sustained a pretty serious injury a few days before the event but still managed to compete and win his division. In the brown belt we saw Idriz Redzovic win the superheavy division in style, using his infamous lapel choke from the side mount in the final, and so many more upcoming talents, too many to mention!”

“This victory was not only for Gracie Barra, but for Chicago, for Illinois. Last event Lloyd Irvin sent a strong team here taking the title home with them to Maryland. We had to do our best to not let someone come in our backyard and take the team title again,”  jokes the professor.

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