Bea Mesquita vs Gabi Garcia in the Absolute Semi-Finals
Gabi Garcia is larger than many women and has an incredible base of strength which makes her a force in the absolute division. It can lead to fights of strength vs technique. And in most instances Gabi comes out on the winning side. Bea Mesquita, 2012 Pan Champion in the the lightweight division is fighting out of her weight class against Gabi Garcia in the 2013 Pan absolute finals tomorrow. They have fought several times and Bea keeps changing her game to adapt to the strength and size of her opponents in the open division. Tomorrow she needs to get through Gabi, to win the Absolute Division title. Kris, from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Legends Magazine, talks with Bea about Gabi and her strategy tomorrow.
Kris: Many women will not fight in the absolute division if they think they are going to meet Gabi in the brackets. What is going through your mind when you put your name on the paper to fight in the Absolute Division?
Bea: I'm not afraid of her, I think she is fine. Black belt girls fight like it's their job. These girls are always training for the fight. If they are not rolling hard they are training for position. My fight against her is as difficult as it is against anyone else. I put my name in there, and I have to fight her, just as anyone else will. Everybody has a chance to win.
I went to this camp in LA. Knocked my socks off my bare feet! I'm a black belt and I've been training for 15 years. I've trained with a lot of wonderful people. I have never trained with 4 world champions on the same day in the same room. If you've got an problem with your technique there WILL be someone in that room who's gone through it too.
My hat is off to the Gracie Humaita Women's team. They are an aspiration.
Friday, December 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM (PT) South San Francisco, CA
The Sweaty Betties are pleased to announce our latest event: A Women’s Only Training Camp with LETICIA RIBEIRO
Train like a champion with the champions!!!!
For the first time ever in the Bay Area, a historical figure in women’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 3rd degree black belt under Royler Gracie and leader of Gracie Humaitá, the best female fight team of all time LETICIA RIBEIRO will be conducting a three-day Gi and No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu camp exclusively for women in San Francisco, CA. As an added bonus, Leticia will be joined by talented members of the Gracie Humaitá team including LUKA DIAS, PENNY THOMAS, BIA MESQUITA and MACKENZIE DERN.