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IBJJF Pan Ams Preview and Watch Guide

It’s the season of the IBJJF majors! Over the last year and a half the momentum has shifted from spring and summer, to fall and winter as the apex of the competition season. Below is a list of Atos HQ athletes to keep an eye on, and a watch list for the competitors representing Atos HQ.

Black Belt Watch Guide

Twelve black belts will be making their way to Florida to representing Atos HQ.

Andy Murasaki made his black belt debut at a the profession EUG invitational back in April, and has competed a few times since receiving his black belt in December last year. However, this will be his first IBJJF tournament since achieving the rank and winning double gold as a brown belt at Pan Ams last year. He will have 5 matches to gold in the Lightweight division.

Ronaldo Junior and Jonnatas Gracie take on the 25-man middleweight division. Coming in as the first and second seeds in the division, respectively, they’re set up for a strong campaign to the top of the podium.

Multiple time Pan and World champion, Luiza Monteiro, enters the middleweight division as the number one seed. She’s contending in the largest women’s black belt division of the tournament.

Watch Guide

All times included below are in Eastern Standard Time.

BLACK / Adult / Male / Feather João Pedro Bueno Mendes Saturday / Mat 5 / 1:49pm
BLACK / Adult / Male / Light Andy Tomas Murasaki Pereira Saturday / Mat 1 / 2:10pm
BLACK / Adult / Male / Middle Ronaldo Pereira de Souza Júnior Saturday / Mat 3 / 3:28pm
BLACK / Adult / Male / Middle Jonnatas Gracie Araujo da Silva Saturday / Mat 4 / 3:04pm
BLACK / Adult / Male / Heavy Gustavo Espindola Batista Sunday / Mat 2 / 12:42pm
BLACK / Adult / Male / Heavy Rafael Vasconcelos de Lima Saturday / Mat 4 / 4:04pm
BLACK / Adult / Female / Feather Gabrielle McComb Lima Saturday / Mat 5  / 2:46pm
BLACK / Adult / Female / Light Nicole C. Sullivan Saturday / Mat 5 / 3:10pm
BLACK / Adult / Female / Middle Luiza Monteiro Moura da Costa Saturday / Mat 6 / 4:29pm
BLACK / Master 1 / Male / Feather Thiago da Rocha Gomes Calixto Thursday / Mat 1 / 10:26am
BLACK / Master 1 / Male / Medium-Heavy Juan Cleber Pio de Souza Thursday / Mat 5 / 11:30am
BLACK / Master 3 / Male / Heavy Talal Sulaiman Alrasheed Friday / Mat 2 / 11:15am

Brown Belts Making a Statement

Atos brown belts have been making waves in the IBJJF tournaments this year. Flograppling has indicated number 2 ranked rooster weight Osa Alimarwai, top 10 pound-for-pound ranked brown belt Javier Zaruski, and 2020 purple belt Pan Champion Jhenifer Aquino as favorites for taking their divisions.

Watch Guide

All times included below are in Eastern Standard Time.

BROWN / Adult / Male / Rooster Osamah Ali Ali Almarwai Thursday / Mat 7 / 12:18pm
BROWN / Adult / Male / Light André Marcelo Gamarra Sicuro Valle Thursday / Mat 10 / 9:30am
BROWN / Adult / Male / Light Daniel Sathler Campos Thursday / Mat 11 / 9:50am
BROWN / Adult / Male / Super-Heavy Javier Zaruski Saul Thursday / Mat 8 / 1:08pm
BROWN / Adult / Male / Ultra-Heavy Matheus de Menezes Ferreira Marely Thursday / Mat 11 / 11:10pm
BROWN / Adult / Female /

Rooster

Jhenifer Aquino Gonzaga Friday / Mat 6 / 10:26am
BROWN / Adult / Female / Feather Elizabeth Joy Liera Friday / Mat 10 / 9:56am
BROWN / Master 1 / Male / Light Juliederson Gomes Rodrigues Sunday / Mat 12 / 12:21pm

Stand Out Colored Belts and Watch Guide

Two-thirds of the athletes representing Atos at Pan Ams are brown and black belts. Joining them are 10 athletes white to purple belt, juvenile to masters.

Stand out juvenile blue belt, Tanino Kauan, competes like a black belt at just 17 years old. If you have seen him train or compete you know he’s quiet in the gym, but makes a statement on the mat with his technical and aggressive style. He’s a favorite in the Juvenile 2 heavyweight division.

Purple belt, Chase Namba, looks to repeat his gold medal performance from Pans last year at his new purple belt rank.

Watch Guide

All times included below are in Eastern Standard Time.

WHITE / Adult / Male / Heavy Gustavo Buscato dos Santos Wednesday / Mat 9 / 3:04pm
WHITE / Adult / Female / Middle Anahi Ferraz do Amaral Wednesday / Mat 3 / 3:52pm
BLUE / Juvenile 2 / Male / Medium-Heavy Joshua Michael Balavram Sunday / Mat 9 / 9:37am
BLUE / Juvenile 2 / Male / Heavy Takeshiro Tanino Kauan Yuuki Sunday / Mat 7 / 9:37am
BLUE / Adult / Male / Light Jared Alec Wade Wednesday / Mat 3 / 9:38am
BLUE / Adult / Male / Medium-Heavy Matthew A Webb Wednesday / Mat 11 / 12:50pm
BLUE / Master 4 / Male / Super-Heavy Ricky James Savage Sunday / Mat 8 / 4:41pm
PURPLE / Adult / Male / Light Chase Toru Namba Saturday / Mat 7 / 9:57am
PURPLE / Adult / Female / Feather Laura Riberti Sileci Thursday / Mat 6 / 4:00pm
PURPLE / Master 3 / Male / Super-Heavy Jason Sy Balavram Friday / Mat 11 / 2:15pm

Pan Ams starts this Wednesday and takes place in Kissimme, Florida. Please note, match times are subject to change the day of the match depending how fast or slow the matches are. Stream all the matches live on Flograppling.

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