Renato Tavares celebrates team success at Miami Open

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For the second year in a row, GMA member Renato Tavares entered his Team to compete at the Miami Open Intenational.

Like last year, the week before the tournament many of his students from different states and countries came down to train for the Miami Open.

“This year we had a big boost, Vitor Toledo from Atos came and trained with us for 8 days before the big event,” tell us Renato.

Schools from Kentucky, Oklahoma, Kansas, Maryland and couple guys form Panama came to compete and moved the Renato Tavares BJJ Team from 19 to 37 competitors and the results were Awesome!  We came home with 30 medals: 9 Golds, 10 Silvers and 11 Bronzes.

ATTVB’s Melissa Bentley received 1st in white belt last year and this year she fought 6 times and got 1st in her division and 2nd in Absolute.

On the Black Belt light, Renato Tavares won the 3rd title in Miami Open and Triton’s Piet Wilhelm got 3rd which gained more points for the RTBJJ Association.

Aumakua’s Fred Ramie hurt his triceps in the beginning of his first match but he pushed forward and won his first match, after won the semi finals by submission and lost by one point his final match, showed a lot heart.

KCBJJ’s Jason Bircher did his second tournament as a Black Belt and won the Black Belt feather Master and Derby City MMA’s Nicholas Albin got second in Heavy Adult.

This was a great weekend for the association and Renato is already looking forward to 2012:“Now the team is going to take the gi out and train hard the nogi Worlds in California.”

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