Students who competed and performed well at Worlds are often (but not always) rewarded with a new colored belt around their waists by their coaches, and we saw a number of competitors bumped up a rank following strong showings in the most important jiu-jitsu tournament of the year.
Take a look at some of the notable grapplers who “leveled up!”
Promoted to Black Belt
Gutemberg Pereira – GF Team (2017 brown belt ultra-heavy weight champion)
Hugo Marques – Soul Fighters (2017 brown belt lightweight champion)
Hiago Gama – Alliance (2017 brown belt rooster weight champion)
Dante Leon – GF Team (2017 brown belt lightweight silver medal)
Amanda Monteiro – GF Team (2017 brown belt featherweight champion)
Heather Raftery – Atos (2017 brown belt lightweight bronze medal)
Pablo Mantovani – Atos (2017 brown belt light featherweight bronze medal)
Rolando Samson – Atos (2017 brown belt middleweight bronze medal)
Pedro Ramalho – Focus Jiu-Jitsu (2017 brown belt lightweight bronze medal)
Emma Xiong – Gracie Humaita (2017 brown belt rooster weight champion).