Professor Valmir Silva, the head of the Just One Child social project in São Paulo is well versed in the street life. in the best way that he knew how. In 2014, he started the Just One Child Social project, so he could introduce more kids and young adults to jiu-jitsu.
There is nothing cheap or easy about climbing the rankings in international federations like IBJJF or UAEJJ. That’s why local competitions like African On Fight by Arte VIP Jiu Jitsu that promote local athletes are so important to the growth of the sport.
Veteran competitors Larah Bandeira from Terere Kids Project and Ashley Ribeiro from Project Stone put on amazing performances at the 2021 IBJJF Brazilian Nationals. These young ladies both dominated in their respective weight divisions, claiming titles that will help them raise in the international rankings.
Tim Spriggs ran through the competition to claim Flograppling’s WNO Heavyweight title and the accompanying 30k check. nranked, under-rated, and under-appreciated by mainstream media because of the inherent burden that being a Team Lloyd Irvin athlete brings, Tim went into this match with zero to no love and came out with all the respect.
We hope you haven’t forgotten about the long-awaited movie about the legend and 5x World Champion Fernando Terere. COVID kept the film crew from traveling to the U.S. for some of their final shots and for a while, it seemed like the whole crew had disappeared. Luckily that is not the case!
Full-time athlete Yasmira Pires Dias (Yas) from the Brazilian Power Team (BPT) in Portugal, like any other athlete, is hungry for the chance to claim that World Title. When we first met Yas at the 2019 Europeans she was making her way through the crowd on crutches, there to support her teammates in any way she could. Now she’s fully recovered and ready to rise up in the IBJJF rankings, but when she reached out to the organization to see what she could do about these unattainable qualifying points, she was met with indifference.
Jansen Gomes from Checkmat made his way through the middleweight division to take gold at the 2021 Pans in Orlando, Florida. Then he came back again and did it in absolute.
Elijah Dorsey, one of Team Lloyd Irvin’s newest brown belt in the new 2021 Pans Light Weight Champion.