Amazing Gi Competitor Competes at EBI 18
This past Sunday, December 9, 2018, EBI (Eddie Bravo Invitational) 18 took place at the Onnit Academy in Austin, TX. This event featured the inaugural EBI Women’s strawweight BJJ Championship tournament.
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21 Year old Mayssa Bastos from GF Team in Brazil bested the field of 16 to win the championship belt. On her way to the championships, she defeated Fabiana Jorge in Overtime in Round 1, Fiona Watson in Overtime of the Quarterfinals, Rikako Yuasa by Rear Naked Choke/Cross Face in the Semifinals, and Pati Fontes in Overtime of the Finals.
Of the 16 women to compete in the tournament, Rikako Yuasa, who represents the Paraestra (Shinagawa) Academy in Japan, was the most decorated with four IBJJF World Championships as a black belt in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Rikako had her own impressive run at the tournament by first defeating Sofia Amarante by submission, and Danielle Kelly in overtime (quickest escape) before losing to Bastos.
Rikako Yuasa Biography:
Rikako Yuasa was born on April 12, 1991 in Japan. When she was 17 years old, she decided to join a gym for fitness and to lose weight. After watching the women training in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes that were offered, Rikako decided to join a class with instructor Makoto Ikuta. She later moved to the Pogona Club Gym, under the tutelage of Ichiro Kaneko.
As a brown belt, she became a student of Yukinori Sasa at Pareaestra. Sasa is known for his Lasso Guard, which he effectively used to win the IBJJF Brown Belt World Championships in 2005, and place 3rd (Bronze) in the 2013 IBJJF World Championships as a Black Belt. Sasa’s first and only instructor is the legendary Yuki Nakai- the founder of the Paraestra gym.
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Yukinori is known as “Lady Sasa” due to her style of grappling, which is similar to her instructor Yukinori Sasa- a game heavily reliant on the lasso guard. After she won the World Championships as a brown belt, She was promoted to her black belt on June 7, 2013 by her instructor, Yukinori Sasa.
- IBJJF World Champion (2018/2017/2016/2015)
- IBJJF Asian Championship 2nd Place (2015)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- IBJJF World Champion (2014 brown)
- IBJJF European Open Champion (2012 purple)
- IBJJF Asian Open Champion (2012 purple weight & absolute)
- IBJJF Pan American 2nd Place (2012 purple)
- IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2011 purple)
- IBJJF Pan American 3rd Place (2012 purple absolute)
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