Gracie United Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools attended the Jucao Cup in Hammond, Louisiana to showcase their talents in front of Professor Ailson “Jucao” Brites and 800 spectators on July 23. The Jucao Cup tournament was created to honor Professor Brites.
There were 265 Gracie United students representing 19 schools and three states at the tournament. Gracie United Pnchatoula, Madeville, Ascension and Bay St. Louis were the top four schools in terms of number of competitors.
Tournament Organizer Rafael Ellwanger said, ”Our unity is was makes us special. We have 19 locations and five more opening this year. Events like this reinforce our commitment with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the development of our skills in a safe and positive environment.
”We brought our professor and leader Ailson Jucao Brites from New York to be present and named the event in his honor. The medals were custom made with his logo and in his honor.”
Professor Brites was presented with an award thanking him for committing over 40 years of his life to jiu jitsu and leading this group of athletes.
One of the event’s top competitors was Brian Wells. Among the youth, Robert Derks and Camden Alford stood tall above the competition. Savanna Camarata was a top performer in junior division. Faith Lee, Sara Lebeau, and Rachel Beard were standouts in the women’s divisions.