January 21 – 25, 2015, was the largest Jiu Jitsu tournament to date being held in Lisbon, Portugal. Over 3,500 competitors from all over the World made their way to the Pavilhao Casal Vistoso Complex to battle it out at the 2015 IBJJF European Open. Team Alvarez BJJ in Arlington TX sent 4 of their top competitors to test their skills against some of the best athletes in Europe.
First up on Thursday afternoon, was Natalia Shepler, fighting in the Adult Female Purple Belt Light Feather weight division. Natalia won her quarterfinal match by a score of 3-0, won her semi final match by a score of 10-0 and then advanced to the finals where she came up short to take home the Silver Medal. Natalia had some outstanding performances and showed once again that she is one of the top competitors in the World.
Later that evening, was Danielle Alvarez, fighting in the Adult Female Purple Belt Light Weight division. Danielle was able to dominate her first opponent and win by a score 10-0. Danielle then went on to the semi finals where she submitted her opponent by Arm Bar from the Closed Guard. This set up a very exciting finals match against a super tough Mayra Mazza from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Both Danielle and Mayra are two of the top Purple Belt Light Weight competitors in the World. have never fought each other. Shortly into the match, Danielle was able to attack a nice sweep that force Mayra to give up her back. Danielle then finished with a Bow and Arrow Choke to get the submission and take home the 2015 IBJJF European Open Title. Team Alvarez finished Day 1 of the 2015 Europeans with 1 Gold and 1 Silver.
On Friday afternoon, was Jordan Shepler, fighting in the Purple Belt Master 1 Middle Weight division. Jordan won his 1st round match by 1 Advantage, won his 2nd round match by Arm Bar from the Mount, won his 3d round match by X Choke from the Mount, won his 4th match by Arm Triangle from the Mount, won his 5th match 12-0 and then won his 6th and finals match by 1 advantage. Mr. Shepler had one of the most amazing performances you will ever see in Jiu Jitsu. Congrats to him on all his hard work and congrats on the Brown Belt promotion on the podium.
Saturday afternoon, was time for Professor Danny Alvarez, fighting in the Black Belt Master 2 Feather Weight division. Professor Alvarez advanced passed the first round due to his opponent not making weight. Now fighting in the second round, Professor Alvarez had a great victory over a tough opponent from London, England by a score of 13-0! Professor Alvarez then had a super tough fight in the Semi Finals against an opponent from Portugal where he won by Referee Decision. Now in the finals, Professor Alvarez had a great and tough fight but came up short to take 2nd place and the Silver Medal.
All 4 Team Alvarez BJJ competitors made it to the Finals ending up with 2 Golds and 2 Silver Medals in the biggest IBJJF Jiu Jitsu tournament to date. Congrats to Team Alvarez BJJ on their hard work, success and showing once again that they are one of the best teams in the World! Stay tuned as Team Alvarez is just getting warmed up!