The IBJJF’s second major event of 2022 took place this weekend in Kissimmee, Florida with the Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships. The event drew over 4,800 competitors and was the biggest Pans tournament to date. Many of the world’s best black belts took the mats in search of gold in their weight classes and the open class.
Erich Munis defeats Fellipe Andrew in open class final
2021 World Champion Erich Munis entered the Pans open class as one of the top seeds. The Dream Art competitor beat Marcos Carrozzino, Pedro Marinho, and Roosevelt Souza in the qualifying rounds and met Fellipe Andrew of Alliance in the final.
Fellipe won his weight and the open class at the 2021 Pans and was looking to further cement his spot as the #1 ranked adult male black belt in the world. Erich used his world class guard to sweep Fellipe early in the match. The super heavyweight standouts disengaged after a toe hold attempt from Erich and Erich pulled guard again to get back to his preferred position. He held his two-point lead, defending Fellipe’s attempts to pass his guard for the reminder of the match, winning his first major open class title as a black belt.
Gabrieli Pessanha defeats Yara Soares to earn second double gold of 2022
After winning her weight and the open class at the 2022 European Championships, Gabrieli Pessanha had her sights set on doing the same at the Pans. Gabrieli made it to the final of both her weight class and the open class, meeting Dream Art’s Yara Soares in both matches. Gabrieli won the super heavy final 4-0 and won the open class final by advantages. With her second double gold for the year, Gabrieli is eligible for the 2022 double grand slam, winning her weight and the open class at Europeans, Pans, Brazilian Nationals, and Worlds. She’ll compete at Brazilian Nationals in May in an effort to complete the next step of the grand slam.
Tainan and Mayssa one step closer to 2022 grand slam
Two other jiu-jitsu athletes who also are pursuing the 2022 grand slam are Unity Jiu-Jitsu’s Mayssa Bastos and Art of Jiu-Jitsu’s Tainan Dalpra. Mayssa won the rooster weight division after two dominant victories.
Tainan Dalpra won middleweight gold, putting on one of the best matches of the year with Ronaldo Junior of Atos in the semi-final.
In the final, Tainan passed Jeferson Guaresi’s guard to earn a 3-0 victory and his second gold medal at Pans as a black belt. Expect to see Mayssa and Tainan competing at the Brazilian Nationals in May as they look to add a third major tournament gold to their collections for the year.
Full results can be found below:
Rooster – Carlos “Bebeto” Oliveira
Light feather – Meyram Alves
Feather – Alex Sodre
Light – Johnatha Alves
Middle – Tainan Dalpra
Medium Heavy – Sebastian Rodriguez
Heavy – Dimitrius Souza
Super Heavy - Marcus Vinicius Ribeiro
Ultra-Heavy – Roberto Abreu
Open Class – Erich Munis
Rooster – Mayssa Bastos
Light feather – Jess Khan
Feather – Ana Rodrigues
Light – Nathalie Ribeiro
Middle – Thamara Ferreira
Medium Heavy – Maria Malyjasiak
Heavy – Melissa Stricker
Super Heavy – Gabrieli Pessanha
Open Class – Gabrieli Pessanha