Knoxville, TN (PressExposure) July 03, 2008 -- Knoxville may be known for producing world-renown legends, but it currently can boast of hosting a new kind of world superstar: a six-time world Brazilian JiuJitsu (BJJ) champion. On Sunday, June 8th Samuel Braga defeated Japan's Dai Yoshioka in the 2008 World BJJ Championship held in California, adding to his impressive record consisting of five previous world championships (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002), plus numerous others accomplishments, which include the 2008 Pan American Championship, and five Brazilian Championships--an amazing list of victories at only 26 years of age.
Braga's time in East Tennessee has been spent "rolling" with a handful of local BJJ students and offering his expertise in the emerging Gracie Barra school located inside Knoxville area's world famous, no nonsense dojo , Sanjuriu Martial Arts located in Grove Center in Oak Ridge and on West Emory Road in Powell. The dojo offers a complete array of martial arts training from BJJ, MMA, personal self-defense, traditional Japanese throwing, striking, and weapon arts, and women's self defense, taught by different instructors with a variety of training backgrounds.
When asked about what he thinks about Knoxville, Samuel said, "It's a nice place; quiet. It's a great here for fighters and helps them to keep their focus, very few distractions." His focus paid off as Braga melted through four fighters in the super-feather weight division to claim his sixth world title. "Jujitsu helps in so many aspects of life not just tournaments. It builds you up both physically and mentally. I believe it's a very good thing for anyone at almost any age level," said Braga.
For an opportunity to meet Samuel Braga look for the Gracie Barra / International Sanjuriu booth at this year's 2008 NPC Knox Classic and 2008 East Tennessee Sports Expo.. He'll be available for autographs, discussions about martial arts, and to meet and greet East Tennesseans. "Everyone here seems really nice; I look forward to meeting more East Tennessee people. And this festival sounds like fun."
Champion Panamerican - 2008 No-Gi World Champion - 2007 Gi World Champion - 2008, 2006 ,2005, 2004, 2002 2nd place World Championship - 2007, 2003 2nd place of World Cup - 2005 3rd Place World championship - 2006, 2001 Brazilians Champion - 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 States Champion - 2002 Champion Recorder de Jiujitsu Cup - 2003 Champion of Leao Dourado Cup - 2002, 2001, 2000 Champion Mineiro - 2001 , 2000 Champion Cidade Cup - 2000