A flawless performance. That is how we can define Lucas Pinheiro’s run at the Las Vegas International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship, an event that was held parallel with the Master Worlds last weekend. Without allowing any points and finishing all the opponents he faced, the Atos black-belt won gold in both gi and no-gi. Despite the excellent performance, Lucas guarantees that he will not settle down as he seeks other major titles this season.
“This was the first time I participated in the Las Vegas Open tournament,” he said. “I was very happy with my result. I got submissions in all matches with and without the gi and didn’t get a single point scored against me, which I consider a great performance. But I won’t settle for it. I also refereed every day, before and after competing, at the Master Worlds, where I also had a great experience and learned a lot.”
Lucas is going through a special moment in his career, as well as in his personal life. Professionally, he earned three Jiu-Jitsu championship titles in just a little over a month, and became a teacher at the Atos Jiu Jitsu branch in Grand Prairie, TX. In his personal life, he just had his first baby, which he claims to be his main motivation.
“I have been feeling much more prepared in the last championships. Now that I’ve changed jobs, I have a much better daily training routine. I have also been able to work more on my physical and psychological preparation before the championships. Not to mention my daughter, who has been the greatest inspiration of my life. My next goal is to fight at the Pan American and No-Gi World Championship. And the preparation for these events has already begun.”