Roger Gracie’s Father Mauricio Gomes Will Compete Again After 20 Years Away
For the first time in 20 years, Mauricio Gomes will step back onto the mat to take part in a jiu-jitsu competition.
The eighth-degree red and white belt will compete at the 2018 IBJJF World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Las Vegas, a tournament only for competitors over the age of 30. The event, will take place August 22-25. Gomes has not competed since 1998 when he took part in a tournament in Hawaii.
Gomes is the father of Roger Gracie and is a lifelong practitioner of jiu-jitsu. An original student of the late Rolls Gracie, Gomes was instrumental in the development of jiu-jitsu in the United Kingdom. Last year, he attended the IBJJF World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship to teach a seminar and to receive his eighth-degree red and white belt.