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OKC Based BJJ Black Belt Dominates at IBJJF Master World Championship

Rafael Lovato Jr. - Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pictured above: Coach John McCowen with the Silver Medal at the IBJJF Master World 2016 Championships

Such an incredible week has come to an end here at the IBJJF Master World Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada! We had a very strong group of competitors take the challenge to compete at the Master Worlds, there was tons of incredible technique & heart displayed over the course of the tournament. There was one standout from Team Lovato in Oklahoma City who was able to make it all the way to the finals in his first competition at a new rank, & we would like to congratulate Coach John McCowen on a phenomenal run this year at the 2016 Master Worlds in his purple belt debut! John displayed the effectiveness of our style of jiu jitsu by dominating each opponent leading up to the finals where he was able to come away with the Silver Medal in the Masters Purple Belt division. But the good news doesn't stop there as it was also Professor Rafael Lovato Jr's first ever appearance at the IBJJF Master Worlds, where he competed in the Master 1 Black Belt Super Heavy division. Professor Lovato Jr was able to come out on top submitting every competitor in his division to earn the Gold Medal in his first Master Worlds ever! Not only did this happen but the sole focus was to close out a Black Belt division alongside his brother in arms, Xande Ribeiro. This goal was set in motion & accomplished as they swept the entire Master 1 Black Belt Open Class! In amazing, humbling fashion Sensei Xande conceded giving Professor Rafael Lovato Jr the Gold Medal making his Master Worlds a Double Gold performance!

*Pictured above: Prof Rafael Lovato Jr with the Double Gold Medals at the IBJJF Master World 2016 Championships 

Outstanding job from all our competitors from Lovato's School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts, as well as all of our affiliates who came together to represent Lovato Jiu Jitsu & Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu on such a grand stage! We are all so very proud of each & everyone's accomplishments!

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