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Team Lovato ADCC Camp Reinforcements!
Team Lovato: Jared Dopp, James Puopolo, Rafael Lovato Jr., & Justin Rader
The Team Lovato ADCC Camp has been going strong for a month already and things couldn't be going better! Team Lovato will make history as the largest American team to ever be represented at an ADCC Submission Grappling World Championship event and the team leader, Rafael Lovato Jr., has made sure that the camp is run as professionally as possible. Besides for the world class training at Lovato's School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts in Oklahoma City, Team Lovato has been under the guidance of world class conditioning coach, Luke Tirey, for their strength & conditioning needs. To help the team with their wrestling, 2x D1 All American from Michigan State and Judo Olympic Alternate, Brian Picklo, has been sharpening up the teams takedown game.
Wrestling session with Coach Picklo and guest training partners, Vinnny Magalhaes and Chris Holdsworth
Team Lovato -99kg ADCC representative, James Puopolo, just spent 2 weeks in Oklahoma City to join the training camp from his home base in Salem, Oregon. Other guest training partners are currently in Oklahoma City and others are coming soon. This week, Team Lovato is joined by 2011 ADCC Champ, Vinny Magalhaes, and TUF 18 competitor and BJJ Black Belt, Chris Holdsworth. Vinny is a longtime friend of Rafael Lovato Jr. and is in town to join the Team Lovato heavyweights in their preparation for the biggest grappling tournament in the World. Holdsworth, who is also an old friend, is joining the camp to help add to the training of Justin Rader. Next week, the team will be joined by Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Matt Jubera, and one of the greatest BJJ competitors of all time, Xande Ribeiro!
You can see all the action from the first 2 weeks of the training camp in this video below:
Pt. 2 of Team Lovato's Road to ADCC will be released in the next couple of days and will feature James Puopolo. The last video in the series, will be released during the week of ADCC and will include the training with Holdsworth, Vinny, Jubera, and Xande!