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Copa de Marianas returns Oct 28, 2017 on island paradise of Guam

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The 10th annual Copa de Marianas BJJ Gi and No-Gi Championship Tournament will feature a women’s 55kg black belt division for the first time when it returns to the FD Phoenix Center in Mangilao, Guam, on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The tournament, which also features kids, teens, adult, and masters divisions, is set to draw elite athletes from around the world to compete for a combined cash prize of $4,000.

Copa de Marianas promoter Steve Shimizu announced his commitment to advancing the time-honored art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Guam.

“The goal of the Marianas Open and Copa de Marianas has always been to have the best from around the world come to our island to compete here to allow our local competitors a chance to compete with the best, to train with the best, and to learn from the best,” he said. “It has also been our mission to put Guam on the map to showcase our island paradise, as well as to show the rest of the world the high-level athletes that we have coming out of our local academies.”

Registration is ongoing and will close at 11:59 PM on Monday, Oct. 23. Competitors can register at

This article was originally published on FloGrappling on Oct. 20, 2017. View here.

Black Belt Women Showdown At 2017 Copa de Marianas

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The paradisiacal island of Guam has always been a hotbed for jiu-jitsu, with passions running high on the tiny dot in the Pacific Ocean.

With a long lineage of jiu-jitsu (including the famous Marianas Open), the Guamanians will soon host their first women’s black belt showdown, featuring four extremely tough 55kg competitors.

The competitors for the Flyweight (55kg) Women’s Tournament are:

  1. Kristina Barlaan, USA — blackbelt from Caio Terra team
  2. Talita Alencar, BRA — 2017 world champion
  3. Emma Xiong, CHN — first Chinese female black belt
  4. Tassia Pimenta, BRA — Gracie Barra black belt under Romulo Barral

The tournament will be fought under 10-minute IBJJF rules, with double elimination for third place.

The winner receives $2,500, second place earns $1,000, and third place gets $500.

This article was originally published on FloGrappling on Oct. 11, 2017. View here.