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Who won the NO GI Worlds 2012, JT or Tanquinho? Here is the answer 

Since Im not a big fan of the stand up game, i wish the fight were more in the ground, but most of the time it was standing. In the end the score of 2x2 in advantages and one penalty against JT, as you can see in the video.

JT e Tanquinho both got a verbal penalty for going out of the fighting area, but then when Tanquinho pulled guard, JT didn't engage when Tanquinho was trying to... and that is where JT got the penalty that costed the fight!

For the people who were watching/listening on budovideos or who do not know the choke that Tanquinho did, it was not just putting the legs and squeezing the head. There is a lot of pressure on that choke, the fact that he didn't move is not a proof that he wasn't feeling any pressure, it may mean the exact many times we are inside a triangle, without know where to go and we just stay still and try to be calm not to waste more oxygen?

For those who are not familiar with the rules (or that may think you know it all) you must understand that a person does not need to defend for the oponent to get an advantage! You get an advantage if the person is in a dangerous situation, how the videos and photos don't show how JT may have been  snorting, for example.

I understand some people make comments out of passion, just like in any other sports, but usually when you crucify a certain player you dont know him and he will probably not even get this info, but in the other hand  the BJJ community is still small and the practitioners are use to bump all the time to the "stars" of the black belt, plus the social networks make everyone pretty close. So we all can not just hide behind the screen of our computer and offend the fighters, like I see some people doing towards Tanquinho.

Also, unlike the comment of a GM reporter said, nobody, especially none of this 2 guys fight to win by "merely advantage". It just happen that they are so good and in similar level that they couldn't manage to win by more than that.

In the end some people will agree with me and some will not. The fact is that this is history now and Im sure they will face each other again as they already did in the past.

For this year, at the NO GI we have the champion with all credits he deserve! Tanquinho won! Nobody can take that from him and he can be proud of a great performance, also beating by 9 points the favorite Leandro Lo in the semi finals.

(When I see JT, Lo, Tanquinho and all those beasts of the light weight is one of the moments that Im very happy that I was born a "rooster")

The big lesson IBJJF have to take from this, in my opinion, is that they need to work to educate not only the judges, but also the crowd/competitors who very often don't know the rules well.
My contribution to the community is here, FREE APP explaining the rules. If I can do that, I believe IBJJF can do much better.

Felipe Costa


Nov 06, 2012 Categories: BJJ Grappling

Felipe Costa s Brazilian Jiu-jitsu SEMINAR in South Africa 

Felipe Costa was in South Africa during 5 days, while there besides 2 seminars in different cities (Durban and Johannesburg) he also gave a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class to a group of kids.

Felipe Costa rolled with everyone, non-stop and it was fun!

Click on this link to see what some people had to say about Felipes visit to Africa:


"So training with Felipe yesterday really was a privilege!

Especially impressive was the detail that he paid to making sure we all benefitted from the new techniques. He scrutinized every member of the class individually, pointing out their weak points and helping them tighten the screws.

Then it came to rolling with Felipe...hahaha
You could never believe that a little guy could so completely dominate a much bigger guy...guess that's why he is the world champ! But really- what a genuine, humble guy! No matter how intent I was on beating him, he was always extremely safety-conscious and turned down the chance to break my arm at least 5 times!

What a champion fighter and all-round good guy!

Thanks Felipe"


Saturday was an awesome day! Rolling with Felipe has been one of the greatest privileges of my life so far. A sincere and humble master of the sport, he showed us his techniques with impeccable detail and modesty.

A great big thanks to felipe for not submitting me in our final ten seconds together

Hope the rest of your trip went well... Wishing you safely home on your journey today.

Can't wait to train with you again!!!"

"As promised the training session with Felipe did not disappoint and in fact was even more than expected. Again, to train with someone like Felipe is a life changing experience. He is just SO humble and was always willing to listen to our questions, and quick to demonstrate the technique on you to ensure that you understand the subtle differences.

At the end of class, to see the little master roll with 10 guys - one after the other - was great! Some guys were at least twice his size, and then when Morne called 10s left, it was like he switched gears and our guys had to really go on the defense to survive. Some were not that lucky!

Morne, thanks for giving us this great opportunity and thank you for all your effort and sacrifice! We really appreciate it!

Felipe, we hope to see you again soon! Keep well!


"We really enjoyed training with Felipe yesterday. He is a great coach and person with equal great skill. We worked a lot on defending and counters, and took home some great tips to make setting up your submissions more safe, secure and with a lot less effort and strength.

This truly was a world class seminar, and no one was disappointed!

Thanks to Coach Morné for arranging this awesome opportunity yet again to train with one of the best in the world!

Best regards


"Well this was the second seminar that I have been fortunate enough to attend that was hosted by our Coach and conducted by Felipe

Felipe has to be one of the most unassuming and Humble Warriors that I have ever had the privilege to meet and train under His proficiency on the ground is nothing short of mind blowing!
He rolled with some of the biggest guys on the day and never look phased, out of breath or out of control A true Master in his field and a true example of what one can achieve if you sincerely, honestly and truthfully apply your mind to being the best that you can be!

I was very fortunate to roll with Felipe and can also attest to the fact that when he has had enough playing around he does not need much time to finish you off!

A true inspiration to all the small guys out there

Thanks Felipe!!!

Coach Morne, thanks to both you and Aileen for your constant sacrifice (especially in these turbulent financial times!) and for always helping to keep us at the forefront of the ever-evolving world of BJJ I had an awesome time and know that everyone else in attendance did as well."

"I can only second what Johan and Robert have already said!
Definitely a most enjoyable and insightful experience, and it has definitely encouraged me to spend more time on the mats!

Thanks to Coach Morné (and CombatCoaching as a whole), for arranging everything; and to Felipe for conducting an awesome few hours!