Texas represented will at the 2011 No-Gi worlds held November 6, 2011 at LONG BEACH, CA. Texas sent 25 or more competitors to the big blue pyramid with hopes of bringing back the gold. As always Texas showed its true spirit and fought hard for each match and all of us at BJJ.ORG are happy to say that 3 competitors brought home the Gold at the black belt level.
Brandon “Wolverine” Mullins, an American Black Belt instructor at Draculino’s Gracie Barra Texas and BJJ.ORG member, was able to win No Gi worlds for the second year in a row. This win made him the first American to ever win No Gi Worlds 2 years in a row. Brandon was able to defeat Renzo Gracie student, Joseph Capizzi in the rooster division for the second time establishing his reign at the top of the podium.
Another stand out, Brazilian Top Team Texas representative Marcello Salazar, took home the gold in the masters middle heavy division. Marcello started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since the tender young age of 8. After receiving his black belt at the age of 24 from Brazilian Top Team founders, Murilo Bustamante and Mario Sperry, Marcello has created an impressive resume of multiple national and international titles in BJJ and over 300 submission grappling and wrestling matches.
Yet Another competitor Texas sent to the podium for the gold was Alvarez BJJ head instructor Danny Alvarez. Danny has been busy this year placing 1st at the IBJJF American Nationals in the masters and senior division and continued here in Long Beach as the 2011 No Gi World Champion senior Featherweight division.