Sunday, October 30, 2011
Jitendra , Chaitanya , Bharat win gold for India in Thailand
On 21st Oct, 2011 India’s No. 1 Submission Wrestler, Alan Fenandes, led a 9 man squad to Thailand to represent India in Asia’s largest & most prestigious Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Submission Grappling tournament ‘The Thailand Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Submission Grappling Open’, organized by BJJAT (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association of Thailand) under the IBJJF rules (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation)
Held over 2 days i.e. 22nd Oct and 23rd Oct the tournament had a record turnout of well over 300 competitors from elite BJJ clubs not only from the entire Asian continent but also from Europe, Russia & USA. Competing against the teams of BJJ heavyweights such as Dan Simmler, Rodrigo Caporal, Marcus Escobar and also well reputed BJJ clubs such as Bangkok BJJ, Grip House, Taiwan BJJ, Evolve participating in this tournament, Team India were the definite underdogs.
For the Gi division, held on Saturday, 22nd Oct, Jitendra Khare, led the pack with a 1st place finish in the Adults Ultra Heavyweight White Belt division.
Falling short of the top spot but still receiving a Bronze were Chaitanya Gavali, an under 76 KG competitor in the Adult White Belt division, who fought hard and ended up with a 3rd place finish only losing to the eventual champion, and Alan Fenandes, who also managed a hard fought 3rd place in the Adult Blue/Purple Belt under 93 KG category.
The No Gi Division was held on Sunday, 23rd Oct. Bharat Khandare & Chaitanya Gavali took to the mat and send some shockwaves through the Asian BJJ community by running through their competition enroute to securing Gold medals in Adults Novice Under 67.5 kgs & Adults Novice Under 76.5 kgs
Jitendra Khare wasn’t as successful as on the previous day and could only manage a respectable 2nd place in the Adults Novice Ultra heavyweight category.
Both Alan Fenandes & Susovan Ghosh also managed to secure 3rd place finishes in Adults Intermediate Under 93.5 kgs & Adults Novice Under 57.5 kgs.
Anup Kumar started well and secured a Quarter Final berth in both Adult Novice Under 63.5 kgs and Adult Novice Absolute/Open weight division but unfortunately was robbed off a Semi final berth in the Absolute division due to some poor calls made on behalf of the referee.
Sudipto Marik and Sohn Burkhard although falling out of medal contention, fought hard and gave it their all as usual, only losing in their white belt & absolute categories respectfully to strong opponents.
The team amassed a healthy tally of 8 medals i.e. 3 Golds, 1 Silver & 4 Bronze, over the 2 days & definitely made everyone sit up and take notice of them with their strong performance against the
The 9 man squad and their competing division was as follows:
Alan Fenandes [Nasik]- GI- Adult Blue belt Under 93.5 Kgs & No GI- Adult Intermediate Under 93.5 Kgs
Jitendra Khare [Mumbai] - GI- Adult White belt Over 100 Kgs & No GI- Adult Novice Over 100 Kgs
Chaitanya Gavali [Mumbai]- GI- Adult White belt Under 76.5 Kgs & No GI- Adult Novice Under 76.5 Kgs
Sudipto Marik [Mumbai]- GI- Adult White belt Under 63.5 Kgs & No GI- Adult Novice Under 63.5 Kgs
Sohn Burkhard [Nasik] - GI- Adult White belt Under 76.5 Kgs & No GI- Adult Novice Under 76.5 Kgs
Bharat Khandare [Nasik]- No GI- Adult Novice Under 67.5 Kgs
Susovan Ghosh [Kolkata]- No GI- Adult Novice Under 57.5 Kgs
Anup Kumar[Delhi] - No GI- Adult Novice Under 63.5 Kgs
Bhargav Sope [Nasik] - No GI- Adult Novice Under 83.5 Kgs