If you grow up in Brazil and want to get involved with sports most children are steered towards soccer. If you grow up in Brazil and want to get involved with martial arts most children naturally gravitate towards jiu-jitsu. Unlike most Brazilian boys Romulo Barral began his martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do. It took nearly 5 years for Barral to warm up to jiu-jitsu from his first introduction to the gentle art. Romulo was a natural at TKD and enjoyed the stand up game much more than the ground game.
Absolute Finals: Cláudio Calasans defeats Bráulio Estima, by Advantages
Cláudio Calasans had beat Bráulio Estima in the 83 KG final and with it came the $8K in victory money. With the Absolute Championship on the line and $20K for the winner both competitors were vigilant with Calasans over Bráulio to win the title.
65kg: - Rafael Mendes defeats Guilherme Mendes, brother beats his brother 4 points to 2. Both brothers got tot he finals through submitting their challengers quickly in the semi's. Refael had 2 fights to Guilherme's 3 in the path to the finals.
74kg: - Gilbert Durinho defeats Claudio Caloquinha, by Shoulder Sweep for the $8K money.
83kg: - Cláudio Calasans defeats Bráulio Estima: Estima ahead on point is swept in the last 10 seconds and loses by Penalties
92kg: - Alexandro Ceconi defeats Rômulo Barral (Former and defending Champ), 3 pts to 2, by Guard Pass with 10 seconds remainng
92kg+: - Ricardo Demente defeats Gabriel Vella, by Sweep in the final minute of contest