From:graciemag.com

Gui and Rafa conduct seminar. Photo: Personal archive.

Guilherme and Rafael Mendes prepare for yet another challenge. The black belt duo now embarks for Japan, where they will dispute the Rickson Cup.

“We’re heading to Japan on Wednesday, to compete at the Rickson Cup. It’s a pleasure to compete in Japan. The respect and admiration of the Japanese people further motivates us to compete and show our Jiu-Jitsu,” remarks Guilherme.

“We’re training a lot, we haven’t stopped since the Worlds. The dates our seminars are scheduled sometime make it impossible for us to compete during the second half of the year. But training is going great and we can’t wait to compete again! We’ll only spend six days outside Brazil, but we packed a lot into our agenda to make the most of it. So, besides competing, we’re going to hold a seminar in Japan and two in Korea. As soon as we return, the focus will be on the 2011 season. We’re going to compete in everything!” says Rafael.

Speaking of seminars, the duo is also celebrating having just held their first one in Brazil.

“It was really important to us and the gang in the academy. It took place in small town São Paulo, and was a success. We had nearly sixty people from the region and also had the pleasure of seeing another team member promoted to black belt, Tattinho, from the Atos São Carlos branch. He and his students are always training in Rio Claro and they help us attain good results,” says Guilherme in finishing.

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