Its that time of the year again. The best in the world will descend upon the Long Beach Pyramid in SoCal for the World NoGi IBJJF Championship or better know as NoGi Worlds. The last major event of the 2015 IBJJF season and LEaO OPTiCS has 6 representatives going for the gold.
Eduardo "Telles" Moreira 99 Jiu Jitsu/ Brasa CTA
The "Turtle Master" as he his know for his turtle guard game and the creator of "Octopus Guard" Eduardo Telles is a legend of the sport of jiu jitsu. His unique style dubbed “Esquijitsu” or "Weird Jiu jitsu" is always fun to watch. Telles won 2013 World NoGi Championship in the Adult division but this year moved up with guys in his age at Master 2 Medium Heavy.
Follow Telles @99openmat
Samir Chantre from Samir Chantre BJJ
Samir Chnatre won the 2014 NoGi Championship and is looking to repeat. Formally a member of CTA Samir has since broke off and started his own association Samir Chantre BJJ. His runs his own school in Northern California and is forming a a formidable team.
Follow Samir @samirchantrebjj
Ezra Lenon from Lenon Bros BJJ/ATT
The younger brother of the beast from the mid west Zack Lenon , Ezra ha been on a tare. He was a 2015 ADCC Invitee and was featured on promotions such last Grappling 5 and RESPECT Super Fights. Ezra was the 2013 NoGi Bronze Medalist. Look for him in the Medium Heavy Adult Black Belt Division.
Follow Ezra @ezralenonbjj
Kristina Barlaan CTA
The newly awarded Caio Terra Black Belt recipient Kristina Barlaan has already won her debut at BB taking gold at the IBJJF NoGi American Nationals and is looking to do it again. A champion on many levels and a ADCC invitee Kristina is well on her way to being a major name in women's BJJ. Not only does she compete but also pulls double duty as an IBJJF ref.
Follow Kristina @kbjiujitsu
Josh McKinney from Watson Martial Arts
Josh McKinney is fresh off his Purple Belt Super Fight on RESPECT 2 in St Louis last month and is looking to keep the win streak going. Hailing from Madison Illinois Josh competes consistently in the IBJJF Mid West competitions and podiums regularly. Now it's time to take on the world. Josh is a character and will always make you laugh on Instagram and Snapchat.
Follow Josh @thejoshmckinney
Peter "Wutang Pete" Fabela from Paragon
Wutang Pete is his Instagram handle and he always active. Truly living the jiu jitsu lifestyle Pete is a vegan athlete and a work out freak. He's 4 years sober and disciplines himself on diet and training. An active competitor in SoCal he's racked up podium spot on the 5 Grappling, Grapplers Quest and Gracie National scene as well as the EBI and IBJJF. Only training for 4 Years Wutang Pete is ready to do work
Follow Pete @wutangpete
Best of luck to all you guys!! OSS!