The competition The San Diego International Open Brazilian International Federation of Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), in action With kimonos and No-Gi (without kimonos), it was an important medal stronghold for Ecuador, with less than a month remaining before World Jiu Jitsu.
On Saturday 7 May and Sunday 8 May, several Ecuadorean representatives managed to take the stage.
Purple belt Andres Alvarado was a featherweight champion (up to 64 kg) dressed in a kimono.
Alvarado (28 years old), located in Costa Mesa (California), is an athlete from the Academy of the Art of Jiu-Jitsu, managed by brothers Gilherme Mendes and Rafael Mendes.
Another Ecuadorean figure at the World Open was Juan Carlos Lopez (25), who along with his partner from Alans San Diego, Johnny Tama (29), closed the middleweight class (up to 79kg) without a kimono black belt.
Lopez won the gold, while veteran Altama won two bronze medals for third in the lightweight and absolute weight division, respectively.
Tama, the 2019 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World No-Jitsu Champion in Anaheim (California) and the collector of other titles in the United States, shone on April 23 by collecting two lightweight gold medals at the Nashville Open.
Tama, like Alvarado, is focused on excelling at the World Cup in the field, which takes place June 4-5 in Long Beach, California.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is another sport that is achieving success year after year in Ecuador as athletes compete at the highest level in the United States. (Dr)