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IBJJF European Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt Male Results
On January 14-20th, in Lisbon, Portugal, the IBJJF hosted their European Jiu-Jitsu Championships. This was their 16th IBJJF European Championships. This event is one of the largest (in 2018 there were over 4,000 registered competitors from over 70 countries) and most important events for the IBJJF year, and is considered one of the “Grand Slam” events.
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In the Adult Male Black Belt divisions, there were many thrilling upsets and fantastic matches. Of special note, was Levi Jones-Leary's lightweight gold medal performance, where he defeated the best lightweight of all time in Lucas Lepri in the finals. Additionally, he also had great performances in defeating Gianni Grippo, Pedro Ramalho, and Kevin Mahecha on his way to the finals. In winning the IBJJF European championships, Levi became the first Australian to win a major IBJJF black belt tournament.
In the Heavyweight and Absolute Weight Divisions, Gustavo Batista of Atos Jiu Jitsu put on another impressive performance, after already winning the 2018 IBJJF World Championships by closing out the division with teammate Lucas Barbosa (Medium-Heavy). At this tournament, he competing one weight class above at Heavyweight, and closed out his division in the finals with Atos teammate Kaynan Duarte, after defeating Adam Wardzinski 3 to 0 in the semifinals. In the Absolute division, he defeated Lucas Lepri in the finals 10 to 0 to become a double gold medalist at this tournament.
Levi Jones-Leary Biography
Levi Jones-Leary was born on March 13, 1997 in Bondi, Sydney, Australia. As a child he competed in a number of sports including the 100-meter sprint, as well as soccer. During his teenage years, Levi, joined a social program called "Links 4 Learning" which introduced him to Mixed Martial Arts. This project was designed to help kids at risk of dropping out of school by providing them with a series of activities once a week. One of the activities was MMA, which Levi took an immediate liking to. From there, Levi decided to join the Garage Jiu-Jitsu academy led by Guillherme Neves. Once he began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Levi decided to pursue it as a career by leaving school and becoming the children's instructor at the Garage Jiu-Jitsu academy.
While he was a children's instructor, Levi's true passion was to be a world class competitor- so he travelled throughout the world to compete. Prior to the IBJJF World Championships and the Pans, he trained at Rubens Charles (Cobrinha's) academy in Los Angeles. However, since he started training, he was a huge fan of the Miyao brothers, and joined Unity Jiu Jitsu Academy, when they opened up their academy in New York City. After winning the IBJJF European and World Championships at the brown belt level, Levi was promoted to Black Belt by Unity's Murilo Santana on June 2018.
Black Belt Achievements
- IBJJF European Open Champion (2019)
- UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2nd Place (2019)
Gustavo Batista Biography
Gustavo Batista was born on March 11, 1996 in Florianopolis, Brazil. He played soccer during his youth but became interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through his older brother, that enjoyed training BJJ. When Gustavo was 15, he decided to join the local academy, which was led by Felipe Teixeira. Gustavo earned his blue belt under Felipe, but decided he needed to move to Sao Paulo and join the legendary PSLPB (Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem) gym led by Cicero Costha.
At PSLPB, Gustavo, or better known as Braguinha, for his resemblance to former BJJ world champion Antonio Braga Neto, became close friends and training partners with Leandro Lo. When Lo decided to split from Costha's PSLPB on September 2015, Branquinha followed him and joined his newly formed NS Brotherhood academy. Gustavo was promoted by Leandro Lo to purple, brown, and black belt. As a brown belt, he was the #1 brown belt in the world by the UAEJJF (where he even defeated Xande Ribeiro at the UAEJJF event in Buenos Aires) , and also was an IBJJF European Open, and a CBJJ Brasileiro Champion as well. On October 2017, he was promoted once again by Leandro Lo to black belt.
On January 2018, Gustavo, following his girlfriend, World Champion Luiza Monteiro decided to move to California and train and represent Atos Jiu Jitsu.
Black Belt Achievements
- IBJJF World Champion (2018***)
- IBJJF Pans Champion (2018)
- IBJJF European Open Champion (2019**)
- IBJJF Los Angeles Champion (2018**)
- UAEJJF Rio Grand Slam 2nd Place (2017)
Adult Male Black Belt Results:
Adult / Male / Black / Rooster
1 - Rodnei Barbosa Gabriel Junior - Qatar BJJ Brasil
2 - Tomoyuki Hashimoto - Carpe Diem
3 - Aniel Bonifacio Candido - Qatar BJJ Brasil
3 - Carlos Alberto Oliveira da Silva - GF Team
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Adult / Male / Black / Light-Feather
1 - João Ricardo Bordignon Miyao - Cicero Costha Internacional
2 - Hiago George Santos Silva - Cicero Costha Internacional
3 - Cleber de Sousa Fernandes - Atos Jiu-Jitsu
3 - Pedro Paulo Dias Clementino - Cantagalo Team
Adult / Male / Black / Feather
1 - Paulo H. Bordignon Miyao - Cicero Costha Internacional
2 - Isaac Doederlein - Alliance
3 - João Pedro Bueno Mendes - Atos Jiu-Jitsu
3 - Leonardo Fernandes Saggioro - Brazilian Top Team
Adult / Male / Black / Light
1 - Levi Jones-Leary - Unity Jiu-jitsu
2 - Lucas Alves Lepri - Alliance
3 - Alexandre Faria Molinaro - Carlson Gracie Team
3 - Gianni Paul Grippo - Alliance
Adult / Male / Black / Middle
1 - Isaque Bahiense Braz - Alliance
2 - Tommy Lilleskog Langaker - KMR BJJ KIMURA
3 - Andris Auseklis Brunovskis - Atos Jiu-Jitsu
3 - Michael Remigio Liera Jr. - Atos Jiu-Jitsu
Adult / Male / Black / Medium-Heavy
1 - Rudson Mateus Sarmento Teles - Brasa CTA
2 - Gabriel Salles Muniz Almeida - CheckMat
3 - Horlando de Jesus Monteiro - KMR BJJ KIMURA
3 - José Henrique Cardoso - Ceconi KMKZ
Adult / Male / Black / Heavy
1 - Kaynan Casemiro Duarte - Atos Jiu-Jitsu
2 - Gustavo Espindola Batista - Atos Jiu-Jitsu
3 - Adam Wardzinski - CheckMat
3 - Pedro Henrique de Lima Elias - Ns Brotherhood
Adult / Male / Black / Super-Heavy
1 - Fellipe Andrew Leandro Silva - Zenith BJJ
2 - Helton Jose Mendes da Silva Junior - Atos Jiu-Jitsu
3 - Arya Esfandmaz - Roger Gracie Academy
3 - James Richard Puopolo - Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu
Adult / Male / Black / Ultra-Heavy
1 - Victor Hugo Honório P. da Silva - Qatar BJJ Brasil
2 - Tanner Wade Rice - Soul Fighters BJJ
3 - Antonio de Padua Assef Nunes Nascimento - GF Team
3 - Seif-Eddine Houmine - GF Team
Adult / Male / Black / Open Class
1 - Gustavo Espindola Batista - Atos Jiu-Jitsu
2 - Lucas Alves Lepri - Alliance
3 - Igor Gregório Schneider - Ns Brotherhood
3 - Kaynan Casemiro Duarte - Atos Jiu-Jitsu