Last weekend, the South American Jiu-Jitsu Championships, an IBJJF organized tournament, took place and some of the best and most well-known names in Brazil donned their gi’s and competed against one another in the two-day event.

In the end, the man who came out as the biggest winner of the day would be Alliance’s Bernardo Faria, who took both the heavyweight division, dismantling Gracie Barra’s Andre Campos by a 14-0 score, and the absolute, stopping two-time World champion Antonio Braga Neto. In the final, it was a back-and-forth affair in the rematch of the 2010 Pan Absolute final (where Faria took it as well, 2-0). In the beginning, Braga Neto took control, attacking steadily from his guard with omoplata attempts and eventually came out with a sweep. But Faria would soon tie it with a sweep of his own, and then took the lead by passing the guard and stabilizing side-mount. In the waning moments of the ten-minute match, Braga Neto scored a sweep, but it was too little too late, as Faria would secure two more points with his second sweep and take the match by a score of 7-4.

Bernardo Faria (blue gi) competing in the absolute bracket (Ivan Trindade/Graciemag International)

There were also plenty of intriguing finals in the black belt weight divisions, where in the roosterweight category, Leandro Luiz de Silva of Checkmat Jiu-Jitsu would take the title over Marcus Adriano after Adriano was disqualified for crossing his leg over his opponent’s knee, which is an illegal move.

At the light featherweight division, one of Fabio Gurgel’s newest black belts, Francielio da Costa of the Alliance stationed in Sao Paulo, won via judges’ decision against Erick Raposo of Soul Fighters academy.

Another black belt from the popular Atos team, David Lemes, made himself known in the featherweight division, winning all of his matches, including the final against Cristyan Martins of Nova União with a sweep and guard pass, making the score 5-0.

Vinicius Marinho, a teammate of absolute World champion Rodolfo Vieira, put on a great display of Jiu-Jitsu as well, taking home the lightweight category, winning his final by a 6-0 score with three sweeps against former two-time brown belt World champion Gabriel Goulart.

At middleweight, another GF Team black belt struck gold. Vinicius Corrales is a name more and more people are hearing of this year and he continued his impressive year, adding another title to a growing resume by topping Alliance’s Luiz Gustavo Lima in the finale of the weight class with a 4-2 score.

At medium-heavy, Gracie Barra finally scored a gold as Rodrigo Fajardo defeated Pedro Regis Mello in the final by a single sweep, and at heavyweight, up-and-comer Nivaldo de Oliveira Lima of Checkmat won again, displaying superior control in his final match, winning 6-0.

Joao Miyao (white gi) on his way to the purple belt absolute championship (Ivan Trindade/Graciemag International)

In the ultra-heavyweight category, the division lacked Antonio Braga Neto, who withdrew shortly before the division started. With that, Thiago Souza seized the opportunity and finished his final match with a kimura against Nova Unaio representative Henrique Marcos.

At the colored belts, the grand champion at brown belt was Felipe Pena of Gracie Barra. The Romulo Barral and Draculino prodigy had eight fights and won five of them by submission, so watch out for his name in 2012 and in the years to come!

At purple belt, Cicero Costa student João Miyao was the standout, yet again, taking the light feather and absolute categories. He and his brother Paulo each won their own weight classes (light feather and feather) respectively and came home with a total of three gold medals.

So there you have your South American Jiu-Jitsu champions, and possibly some who could end up being 2012 Jiu-Jitsu World champions!

Top Photo: Bernardo Faria celebrates (Ivan Trindade/Graciemag International)