The Olympics of Submission Grappling took place this year in Beijing, China. Rafael Lovato, Jr. Wins his first ADCC Medal.
Oklahoma City, OK -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/26/2013 -- This years ADCC competition took place at the Ditan Gymnasium in Beijing, China, and attracted some of the best grapplers on the planet. Every grappler would like to compete in the ADCC, but few actually do, and fewer bring home a medal. Rafael Lovato, Jr. trained like a madman for this tournament, and it paid off. He takes the Silver Medal in the 88kg Division back home to Oklahoma City.
Rafael faced some world-class grapplers. He defeated former Champion Pablo Popovitch, and submitted The Russian Bear - Rustam Chiesv. The Lovato vs. Popovitch match started with Rafael sitting guard and working Pablo’s butterfly. The match progressed as both men fought for the best positioning, and Rafael wins on points. No doubt the world of grappling will be seeing a lot more of Rafael Lovato, Jr. and his team members anywhere in the world the opportunity arises.
Rafael Lovato, Jr., who is the most decorated American BJJ in history, became the first non-Brazilian to win the Title in the Black Belt Absolute Division at the 2013 Brazilian Nationals in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He fought his way through five highly competitive matches to emerge as the winner in the most prestigious division in any tournament. Rafael is the head instructor of Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.
Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is Oklahoma’s only fully accredited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, with instructors that are multiple certified USBJJF and IBJJF Black Belts. Having been in operation for over 15 years, the school offers self-defense programs such as: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Submission Wrestling/Grappling/No-Gi BJJ, Judo, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
For complete information, be sure to visit: Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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