Coach Danny Alvarez had a pretty busy and exciting weekend in Las Vegas this past week as he competed in the 2018 IBJJF World Masters Jiu Jitsu Championships on Thursday and then received the #1 Ranking Award for the Black Belt Master 3 Division on Friday.
On Thursday, August 23, 2018, Coach Alvarez battled his way back to the medal podium in a 31 man bracket for the second consecutive year as he won 3 matches and then came up short in the Semi Finals to take home the Bronze Medal.
Coach Alvarez won his first match by 6 advantages with the score tied 2-2 over a very tough Alvaro Bobadilla, won his second match 13-0 over Bruno Konzen and then won his third match by Brabo Choke over super tough Ronaldo Campos after being up 9-2. Coach Alvarez then stopped short in the Semi Finals by a score of 6-2 against this years champion, Carlos Lemos Jr.
The IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) competition season goes from June to June of each year instead of the regular January to December year. Throughout the year the IBJJF tallies the points up after each competition so the competitors can see their rankings.
This was the first year the IBJJF announced who was ranked #1, #2 & #3 and the first year the IBJJF held an Award Ceremony for the Top 3 Ranked Competitors for Master 1 through Master 7.
The ceremony was held during the 2018 IBJJF World Master tournament on Friday August 24, 2018 at 12 noon. The entire World Master tournament was paused so that the top 3 ranked competitors from each division could receive their awards.
Coach Alvarez traveled and competed all over the country and the world to compete against the best guys and earn enough points to have the right to be called the #1 Ranked Master 3 Black Belt in the World out of 1155 competitors. This is out of all the Black Belt Master 3 competitors from around the world, Rooster through Ultra Heavy weight.
Congratulations to Coach Alvarez for reaching another milestone, making history once again and leading by example like he always does for his academy and family.