Many people in the Jiu Jitsu community believe that once we become MASTERS, that is, we pass 30 years of age, our body is not the same, and the performance begins to decline, this is a myth that is up to you to believe or not, but the evidence to the contrary is various, since there are many athletes whose most important titles have just come after 30. This past weekend we were able to honor not only an example that disproves such a myth, but perhaps it shows how powerful our mind, our will and our technique is, when we really want something. At 41 years old, our leader Roberto 'Cyborg' Abreu and after 4 very tough fights, became champion of the ULTRA HEAVY adult black belt category in the IBJJF Pan American Jiu Jitsu, that's right, fighting the final with one of the greatest exponents of our sport today, Gutemberg de Jesus Santos Pereira, 29 years old.

This weekend one of the biggest BJJ events took place in Kissimmee, FL, the Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu event, which is part of the so-called GRAND SLAM circuit of the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF); which has 4 major tournaments a year, WORLD IBJJF, EUROPEANS IBJJF, BRAZILIAN NATIONALS IBJJF and PANAMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP IBJJF. For this type of named events, a minimum amount of points is necessary to be able to compete in the adult black belt category.

As our leader Roberto 'Cyborg' Abreu expressed himself, he went to the event to be next to his students, since he firmly believes that we must always lead by example, "it is our backyard, so we are here to defend our home".

The marathon of fights began on Saturday until the quarterfinals, to continue until the final of the category on Sunday.

On the first day, our professor had his opening fight at ultra heavyweight against a rival worthy of such a tournament, WILDEMAR SOUZA DOS SANTOS. The fight began in the best Cyborg style, with a takedown to be up on the scoreboard by 2 points (this fight ended with a score of 6-0 in points and 6-0 in advantages), this victory allowed our professor to be able to access the second day of competition for your place on the podium.

The next day, entering Sunday (last day of the competition) our leader and teacher fought the quarterfinals with what would be the first of 3 opponents from the famous GFT school, his rival, already known within the circuit, WALLACE COSTA DA SILVEIRA (28 years old), with whom it would be the first time they would face each other; a slightly closer fight than the previous day, but professor Cyborg prevailed with his guard passages and managed to win his second victory by a score of 3-0 in points and 2-1 in advantages.

Going to the semifinals, he fought against the already famous DAVI CABRAL DE SOUZA (23 years old), this was the tightest fight that our leader had in the tournament, managing to win 2-0 in the advantages, with the victory, the pass to the final of the ultra heavy category of the IBJJF PANAMERICAN championship.

In the final he met one of the best fighters in the category worldwide, the black belt from the GFT school based in Rio de Janeiro GUTEMBERG DE JESUS ​​SANTOS PEREIRA (29 years old). This was undoubtedly the best fight in the category, a round trip of two fighters who were in search of victory all the time, Cyborg managed to score two points in the first minutes of the fight, then Gutemberg applied some submissions of which the professor Cyborg managed to get out and then began his attempts of guard passes and back takes, after the 10 minutes of the fight had elapsed, the placard ended 2-0 in points and 3-3 in advantages.

With this result, our teacher not only became Pan American champion, but also made it very clear to all BJJ lovers that age is just a number when it comes to pursuing your dreams, and something he always says is that what matters is not the title itself, but that this can inspire people to believe in themselves and go after their dreams, since the best way to lead a team is through example.

Author: Pámela Bóveda