IBJJF 2014 Worlds Coverage: Day 1 Preview
Written by Josh Sequeira
The IBJJF Worlds begin tomorrow. This year, Grapplers Planet will be bringing you coverage of all the action including previews, results, and live coverage on Sunday for the final day of black belt competition! Tomorrow all adult and master white belt brackets will run, as well as all adult male blue belt divisions, and the adult male purple rooster and light feather divisions. Today we’ll kick off our coverage with a preview of athletes to look out for on Day 1.
This star pupil of Mendes brothers is the #1 ranked IBJJF light featherweight. Although he did not medal at the Pans, Mason has won the Europeans this year as well as 6 IBJJF Opens in the US since last year’s Worlds. The prodigy will be looking to add the title ‘World Champion’ to his resume.
Shane Hill-Taylor – Adult Male Blue Feather
Hill-Taylor is a machine on the mats, and has won juvenile Pan and World titles in addition to claiming gold at the adult level at the Pans this year. It will be tough to slow down the Lloyd Irvin product if he stays on point.
Benjamin Silva IV – Adult Male Blue Light
The Caio Terra student is a dynamic grappler with the ability to win in both his division and the absolute. A FIVE Grappling Blue Belt Open Champion, Benji is both skilled and relentless in attack. Be sure to look for him in the stacked 128 man lightweight division.
Joseph Robert Formica – Adult Male Blue Middle
Little needs to be said about the Lloyd Irvin stand out. Formica is a terror in the blue belt division, is the #1 ranked IBJJF Blue belt regardless of weight, and will be incredibly tough to beat.
Pete O’Neal – Adult Male Blue Medium Heavy
O’Neal hails from the Atos camp and battled his way to double gold at this year’s Pans. Second in the IBJJF rankings among all blue belts to only Formica, O’Neal has an excellent shot at claiming not only the title of ‘World Champion,’ but possibly making it to the top of the podium twice this week.
Cory Walker – Adult Male Purple Rooster
In a relatively small division with a number of impressive names, Walker stands out as an excellent candidate to win it all. With non-stop movement and excellent technique, the Lloyd Irvin student arguably has the best shot at claiming gold.
Shimada is an absolute phenom who some could claim would give some of the world’s top brown belts a run for their money. Last year’s Worlds silver medalist won his weight division at the Asia Open as well as silver in the absolute division, and is quite possibly the most skilled competitor in his division.
The Worlds begin tomorrow and Grapplers Planet will be sure to keep you up to date with the event on our site and our Facebook page. Tomorrow we will release a preview for day 2 and bring you results as they become available J
Josh Sequeira is a writer and content producer for Grapplers Planet. A blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he is an active competitor and student of the art. He has an Honours BA in English Literature and is working towards a degree in education.