MR. ALVAREZ IS NOW A 2012 IBJJF EUROPEAN BJJ BLACK BELT CHAMPION! - February 1, 2012
Mr. Alvarez, head instructor of Alvarez Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA academy in Arlington TX traveled to Lisbon, Portugal to test his skills against some of Europe’s best. On January 24, 2012 Mr. Alvarez landed in Lisbon, Portugal 4 days before he had to compete to get adjusted to the time change, atmosphere and have enough time to help cut weight to the Light Feather category. After landing in Portugal and getting some time to rest, it was time for Mr. Alvarez to hit the pavement running 3 miles in the morning and 3 miles in the evening every day with eating light, healthy meals in between. Mr. Alvarez also got some mat time in 2 days in a row at Pantera Negra where Professor Neto, a first degree Black Belt let Mr. Alvarez and Nova Uniao teammates Nick Nuila and Rico Bastos get some time to sweat and go over some techniques for the competition. After a few days of getting adjusted and keeping his weight down it was time for Mr. Alvarez to weigh in and take to the mats. Weighing in 2 lbs under at 139lbs with his GI on and had to be 141lbs, Mr. Alvarez made weight and began warming up with the crowd inside the auditorium already very loud and going crazy over some of the Black Belts that were already competing. Mr. Alvarez came out focused and on fire as he was able to get passed Black Belts from Switzerland and Spain to come out on top and win his division. After all the hard training and grueling work outs along with barely eating for about a week to make weight, it was all worth it as Mr. Alvarez is now a 2012 IBJJF European BJJ Black Belt Champion! This was a huge goal of Mr. Alvarez’s as he now adds the European’s to his competition resume and this tournament marking his 4th year competing as a Black Belt and 10th year of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions. Mr. Alvarez started off 2012 with a great win in Europe and looks forward to other big accomplishments for himself and his team as the year continues. Congrats Mr. Alvarez on achieving a great goal!