The 2012 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship was the largest World Championship to date, with over 2,600 competitors from all around the World competing for the most prestigious title in BJJ over the course of 4 days! Team Lovato once again showed why it is considered one of the top pound for pound schools in the country, winning over 40 matches & taking home 4 medals. In the Blue Belt division, Jared Dopp shined, winning the Super Heavy category following up on his Pan Am title he won earlier this year! Jared came back the next day to compete in the prestigious Blue Belt Absolute division and he came away with a Bronze medal, only losing by advantage to the eventual champion. Jared had an amazing performance winning two medals in his first ever World Championships!
Jared Dopp - Blue Belt Super Heavy World Champion
Jared with the Bronze medal in the Blue Belt Absolute
In the Purple Belt division, Coach Shiloh Roberts had an excellent campaign, taking home the Bronze medal in the stacked Medium Heavyweight division! Coach Shiloh had a division with more than 50 competitors & he battled his way through to the final four before losing in the semifinals. This was Coach Shiloh's first World medal & it was extremely special since he is a brand new father with his baby being born just over a month prior! Great job Coach Shiloh!
Competing for the 7th time in the most prestigious category of the competition, Professor Rafael Lovato Jr walked away with his 6th World Black Belt medal, in a 4th weight class! As the most accomplished American in BJJ, Professor Rafael once again represented his country well, as he was the only American to reach the podium in the Black Belt divisions! Professor Rafael earned the Bronze medal in the Black Belt Medium Heavyweight category, submitting 2 out of 3 opponents before losing to eventual champion, Romulo Barral, by points. Professor Rafael is still the only American to have won multiple World Black Belt medals and he will be back again next year to go for the Gold!
These are the only members of Team Lovato to have reached the podium at the World Championship, but many were very close to winning a medal, losing in the quarterfinals. Everyone competed with the heart and determination of a champion and we are very proud of their hard work! Way to go Team Lovato!