SJJIF World Championships Brought the Heat

Elite competitors from around the world had their opportunity to test their skills and represent their teams for a chance to win the gold medal. There was representation from all around the globe as athletes from Japan, Mexico, and Brazil all made their way to the Long Beach Convention Center for the two-day event.

Athletes training right next door from Long Beach had the opportunity to compete and showcase their skills as well.  One such athlete was Edmund Kim, a 27-year-old black belt training out of Grappling Fight Team in Orange, California.

Getting 2nd place in his division for No-Gi, Edmund is no stranger to competing at a high level.  He has traveled and competed all around the world in places like Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan and has stood on top of the podium countless times.  Earning the gold medal is symbolic to many athletes as it represents the countless hours spent in the gym and the nonstop grind it takes to be a high-level athlete.  But for Edmund, medals are just the icing on the cake as he has already conquered so much more in his life.

Competing with torn ligaments in his wrist along with a torn ACL, Edmund is well-aware of the sacrifices one has to make to be a world-class competitor.  With that being said, conquering the physical challenges of the jiu-jitsu journey can sometimes prove to be much easier than the mental and emotional ones.  Overcoming childhood trauma, relationship issues, and the expectations of mainstream society, Edmund has already climbed his own mountain and has stood tall. Conquering many of his own personal demons along the way, medals have never been a means to an end for Edmund. For him, embracing the grind and having the ability to smile along the way has always been the more important achievement.  As of today, he has decided to forego the more traditional 9-5 job and plans to continue chasing jiu-jitsu wherever it may lead him.

Hundreds of competitors set foot on the mats at this past weekend’s SJJIF World Championships.  From the juvenile divisions all the way to the masters, every competitor had a goal that they wanted to accomplish at this tournament.  Whether it be trying out a new technique or to be a world champion, every competitor came in looking for something to prove. Edmund came in looking for a chance to add another chapter to his jiu-jitsu journey and proved to be victorious.

Here are the results from the weekend’s events. Be sure to check out SJJIF’s website for the next opportunity to compete for the gold.

Gi Results

Male Black Adult 18 Rooster

1st – Masayuki Yoshioka – Over Limit JJ – JPN

2nd – Florentino Morales – Cobrinha BJJ – MEX

3rd – Andre Pontes – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

Male Black Adult 18 Super Feather

1st – Joao Figueredo – Gracie Barra – BRA

2nd – Arun Sharma – Cmma – USA

3rd – James Barnes – Ufc Gym BJJ – USA

Male Black Adult 18 Feather

1st – Kennedy Maciel – Cobrinha BJJ – BRA

2nd – Isaac Doederlein – Cobrinha BJJ – USA

3rd – Pablo Dutra – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

Male Black Adult 18 Light

1st – Lucas Valente Tobias – Gracie Barra – BRA

2nd – João Mendes – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

3rd – Jesse Morales – Dojo Jiu-Jitsu – USA

Male Black Adult 18 Middle

1st – Otavio Sousa – Gracie Barra – BRA

2nd – Tom Gallicchio – Cobra Kai Martial Arts – DJI

3rd – Edmund Kim – Art Of Jiu-Jitsu – USA

Male Black Adult 18 Medium-Heavy

1st – Gabriel Almeida – Checkmat – BRA

2nd – Ronaldo Junior – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

3rd – Carlos Souza – Gracie Barra – BRA

Male Black Adult 18 Heavy

1st – Vinicius Reis – Guigo JJ – BRA

2nd – Moisés Cavalcante Guigo JJ – BRA

3rd – Joao Silva – Dojo Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

Male Black Adult 18 Super-Heavy

1st – Rafael De Lima – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

2nd – Arnaldo De Oliveira – Checkmat – USA

3rd – Helton Silva Junior – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

Male Black Adult 18 Ultra-Heavy

1st – Juber Andino – Marcel Louzado BJJ – USA

Male Black Adult 18 Open Light Weight

1st – Isaac Doederlein Cobrinha BJJ – USA

2nd – Pablo Dutra – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

3rd – Kennedy Maciel – Cobrinha BJJ – BRA

Male Black Adult 18 Open Heavy Weight

1st – Ronaldo Junior – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

2nd – Otavio Sousa – Gracie Barra – BRA

3rd – Carlos Souza – Gracie Barra – BRA

Female Black Adult 18 Super Feather

1st – Thalía Munoz – Dojo Jiu-Jitsu – USA

Female Black Adult 18 Feather

1st – Nathalie Ribeiro Checkmat – BRA

Female Black Adult 18 Light

1st – Nivia Moura – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

Female Black Adult 18 Middle

1st – Andressa Cintra – Gracie Barra – BRA

Female Black Adult 18 Heavy

1st – Kendall Reusing – Gracie Barra – USA

2nd – Talita Nogueira – Level Up BJJ – BRA

Female Black Adult 18 Open Light Weight

1st – Nivia Moura – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

Female Black Adult 18 Open Heavy Weight

1st – Kendall Reusing – Gracie Barra – USA

No-gi

Male Black Adult 18 Rooster

1st – Andre Pontes – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

Male Black Adult 18 Super Feather

1st – Ari Tavira – Dojo Jiu-Jitsu – USA

Male Black Adult 18 Feather

1st – Kennedy Maciel – Cobrinha BJJ – BRA

2nd – Geoffrey Villarreal – Fabio Santos BJJ – USA

3rd – Cole Franson – R1ng BJJ – USA

Male Black Adult 18 Light

1st – Pablo Dutra – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

2nd – Corey Brown – Black Tie Jiu-Jitsu – USA

3rd – Jesse Morales – Dojo Jiu-Jitsu – USA

Male Black Adult 18 Middle

1st – Otavio Sousa – Gracie Barra – BRA

2nd – Edmund Kim – Art Of Jiu-Jitsu – USA

3rd – Tom Gallicchio – Cobra Kai Martial Arts – DJI

Male Black Adult 18 Medium-Heavy

1st – Carlos Souza – Gracie Barra – BRA

2nd – Cesar Herrera – Checkmat – USA

3rd – Ty Freeman – Checkmat B – USA

Male Black Adult 18 Heavy

1st – Gabriel Almeida – Checkmat – BRA

2nd – Rafael De Lima – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

Male Black Adult 18 Super-Heavy

1st – Julian Vanderlinden – Gracie Barra – USA

2nd – Helton Silva Junior – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

3rd – Jc Llamas – Llamas Competition Team – MEX

Male Black Adult 18 Ultra-Heavy

1st – Juber Andino – Marcel Louzado BJJ – USA

Male Black Adult 18 Open Light Weight

1st – Pablo Dutra – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

2nd – Cole Franson – R1ng BJJ – USA

3rd – Geoffrey Villarreal – Fabio Santos BJJ – USA

Male Black Adult 18 Open Heavy Weight

1st – Helton Silva Junior – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

2nd – Julian Vanderlinden – Gracie Barra – USA

3rd – Rafael De Lima – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

Female Black Adult 18 Middle

1st – Nivia Moura – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – BRA

Female Black Adult 18 Heavy

1st – Kendall Reusing – Gracie Barra – USA

Female Black Adult 18 Open Heavy Weight

1st – Kendall Reusing – Gracie Barra – USA

2nd – Nivia Moura – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – 

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