World Clan Miami /// by: Brian Mahecha /// Shot by: Alexis Terrosa
This past saturday (July 23rd, 2016), American Top Team Aventura hosted the World Clan BJJ Tour’s next stop in Miami. This tour is sponsored and promoted by Shoyoroll, one of the highest quality gi brands in Jiu Jitsu today. Anyone who gets into Jiu Jitsu will one way or another come across a Shoyoroll gi and instantly see why there so popular. Overall the response of this open mat has been overwhelmingly positive, the only critique we got was that everyone wishes we did events like this more often.
Too many times we’re in our own bubble that is our academy, without having to test our Jiu Jitsu and have fun rolling with other people. Not everyone in the Jiu Jitsu world is a competitor(Master Liborio mentioned 5% are competitors), so many times individuals don’t know how they would feel rolling with strangers. It creates a sense of anxiety and tension, but when you actually step out of of your comfort zone and roll with someone that you may not have rolled with before or very little. More often than not you feel good about it afterwards, because in that moment of the roll you got a new perspective of Jiu Jitsu. This experience can only help you grow and develop as a Jiu Jitsu player. So the message that was brought to the World Clan Open Mat was not to always look to train with other people, but to always stay loyal to your instructor(s), but don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and train with other Jiu Jitsu players. Throughout the training session, legendary Jiu Jitsu masters such as Ricardo Liborio, Renato Tavares and Marcos DaMatta (to just name a few) gave their views on Jiu Jitsu, it’s potential and the positive impact it has had on their own lives.
Here are some of the Black belts that were in attendance Jonates "Taga" Gurgel, Rodrigo Mendes, Joel Garcia, Oscar Cardona, Joseph "Zezinho" Riveira and Melissa Bentley, along with a write up on some of them.
Antônio Ricardo Jardim Libório was born on July 13, 1967, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. His introduction to combat sports began at the age of 4, when he began studying Judo. He later took up taw kwon do and boxing. At 14, he began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Carlson Gracie academy in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, which produced black belts such as Vitor Belfort, Andre Peherneiras, and Ricardo de la Riva. Libório received his black belt from Carlson Gracie in 1993 at the age of 26. He is now the head instructor and co-founder of (ATT) American Top Team.
Gezary Matuda is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under the legendary Ricardo Liborio and a top competitor of her generation, known for having one of the most exciting styles of fighting in the women’s divisions, a style that earned her numerous titles, such as the pan american and world championships in the black belt category. She was born on the 12th of July, 1983 in Curitiba, state of Paraná – Brazil. Her martial arts life started at the age of 15 through Capoeira.
Renato Tavares is a former competitor from the famous Carlson Gracie Team, a team that ruled the sport of Jiu Jitsu in the 1980s, up until the mid 1990s. A black belt under the late master Carlson Gracie, Renato Tavares remained as a top level competitor for over 15 years, adding also an immense track record as an instructor.
Victor Silverio is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, a grade he earned training under the supervision of the illustrious Master Julio Cesar of the Grappling Fight Team (GFT). Silverio has been pointed out as one of the top prospects of the sport since his winning performance at the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championships in 2009, competing as an underaged athlete. Since then, Victor Silverio has cemented his status with several wins at some of the world’s most respected tournaments.
Marcos da Matta, also known as ‘Parrumpa’, was one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu super featherweights of the late 1990’s/early 2000’s having medalled in the world championship. This Carlson Gracie black belt would join the American Top Team at a later stage and become one of the world’s most prestigious grappling coaches.