Last year a data was run based assessment on Sao Paulo’s relevance in the sport of Brazilian jiu jitsu. All the medals collected at the 2016 IBJJF World Championship were counted.This year the dominance of the ‘Paulistas’ in the colored belt categories has continued to grow, and as we stand, with all the top IBJJF tournaments behind us (European Open, Brasileiro, Pans and Worlds), this discrepancy between the strength of Sao Paulo and the other worldly locations can be felt with one glance at the federation’s rankings: The purple belt catalogue showing 4 Sao Paulo based competitors out of the top 5 ranked athletes, brown belt shows 2 out of 5.
This effervescent jiu jitsu location is developing one of the most skillful generations this sport has ever seen.
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Last modified: August 8, 2017