No-Gi Championships

IBJJF 2021 World No-Gi Championships Results BJJ Heroes

Pedro Marinho and Rafaela Guedes gave standout performances both winning double gold medals in the men's and women's black belt divisions at this weekend's International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation's No-Gi World Championships in Garland, Texas. Marinho captured the men's 91 kg category for his first ever black belt world title before going on to defeat 97+ kg winner Roberto Abreu by decision for the open weight championship.

Guedes, who has been on fire in the female ranks recently, continued to shine claiming the women's 76 kg division then beating 71 kg winner Elisabeth Clay to take the women's open weight title. Also notable was men's 55 kg champion Estevan Martinez who was the only black belt competitor to win every one of his matches by submission. This was the first no-gi world championship since 2019 and the first ever to allow heel hooks. No one took better advantage than Lucas Silva who won his first two matches in the men's 73 kg division by heel hook before losing to Gianni Grippo in the finals.

Introducing Martial Arts School Listings on Black Belt Mag!
Sign Up Now To Be One Of The First School Listed In Our Database.
SUBSCRIBE TO BLACKBELT MAGAZINE TODAY!
Don't miss a single issue of the worlds largest magazine of martial arts.
Photo Courtesy: Dawson Holt via Instagram

The 2021 Diamond Nationals took place on October 8th and 9th, the first time the prestigious event has been hosted since 2019. World class competitors gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota to test their skills in forms, weapons, point sparring, and more.

In the early 2010's, Ken Warner (otherwise known as ZenInc on YouTube) always shared his "Top Five" on Facebook after major sport karate events. Reflecting on these posts has inspired me to write a top five article of my own for the Diamond Nationals, and I plan to continue writing these articles after each tournament I attend. Special thanks to Ken Warner for his contributions to documenting sport karate history. Without further ado, here is Jackson's Five for the Diamond Nationals.

Keep Reading Show less

The JKD Process is an online Jeet Kune Do Training Program designed to teach you the entire JKD curriculum as passed down from Bruce Lee to his first and second-generation students! This online JKD program will take you through all the JKD beginner and advanced levels with options for earning rank (not a blackbelt factory, rank is earned).

Learn practical self-defense, earn rank, and get in shape. Membership consists of over 40 hours of lessons, applications, and training drills. You'll learn not just the techniques, but also how to generate power, improve timing, speed, coordination, balance, and the concepts to make it all work! In addition, live online classes are available weekly with an emphasis on learning the original art and combat fitness training.

Keep Reading Show less
i.ytimg.com ONE Championship

Every Angela Lee Fight ONE Championship

ONE Championship's ONE Atomweight World Grand Prix queen, ONE Atomweight World Champion "Unstoppable" Angela Lee, had some thoughts after the quarterfinals of the ONE Atomweight Grand Prix.
Keep Reading Show less