Laércio Fernandes Sharpens up for European Open with Givanildo and Rubens Cobrinha

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The brave “Lalau” and his master, Givanildo Santana (personal archive photo)

The current world runner-up in the light featherweight division, Laércio Fernandes of team Lotus Club is yet another black belt spicing up next weekend’s European Open Championship.

“I arrived in Portugal yesterday. But I’m going to hook up with Rubens Cobrinha in Vigo, Spain. I’m feeling really good, and my preparations went according to plan. I put in a lot of training with Giva Santana and my students. Now I’ll spend this week doing some final adjustments with Cobrinha,” Lárcio told

“I did a lot of specific training and am really excited about fighting. I hope I wake up feeling good and do a good job and return home to California with a medal to show my family. I want everyone to be proud of me this year,” said the masterful guard player who will be in the same division as CheckMat’s Carlos “Esquisito” and Alliance’s Francielio da Costa, among others.

The European Championship will go down from July 24 to 27 in Lisbon, Portugal. To find out who else will try and rain on Laércio and everyone else’s parade, click here to check out the IBJJF website..

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