Oscar De Jiu-Jitsu 2 is a piece of Jiu-jitsu history. The event took place in Jiu-jitsu’s hay day when the government would put on tournaments. If memory serves correctly Paqueta filmed this tournament on Copacabana Beach where the X games are now held. Paqueta has the largest collection of BJJ footage in the world. His collection is even bigger than Rafael Lavato Jr’s., and Marc Laimon’s. Maybe even put together. All fights were super fights and you can feel the energy on the video. The crowd was really into this one, and all the competitors were fighting their hearts out.
There are so many good stories behind the matches on this video. Names like Fabio Gurgel, Shaolin, Marcio Feitosa, Nino, Pedro Duarte, Fredson Paxiao, David Camarillo, and the famous match between Royce and Wallid, and my personal favorite Leka.
The first match is Leka Vs. Daniela Figueiredo. Pretty cool to see the women get some coverage right out of the gate. If you know me you know I consider Leka the Goddess of women’s jiu-jitsu. This match could be considered her black belt debut and I am proud to have it in my library. All bias aside this was actually a good match. Good back and forth action with Leka working the De La Riva hook and pulling off some good sweeps.
Daniel Morais Vs. Pedro Brandao. I think Pedro has an academy in Tennessee. The match starts off with an early shot to omoplata then to clock choke. They come back to the feet a few times as a result of some good scrambles. Eventually ending on points.
The next notable match in order of appearance is David Camarillo Vs. Fredson Paxiao. Fredson had been undefeated for 3 years in competition. He was actually supposed to fight BJ, but BJ had to pull out due to Christmas and family commitments. Dave filled in on short notice and went all the way to Brazil to take on the undefeated Paxiao. I would like to say Dave went down there and threw this guy on his head multiple times. I can’t though because he pulled guard and an upset against the Brazilian on his home turf.
Renato Miragaya Vs. Maniel Cristoph tuned out to be an interesting match historically mostly because of the path both these guys took after Jiu-jitsu. Miragaya was a brown belt at the time and undefeated for two years. He quit Jiu-jitsu to become a doctor. Does anybody know what happened with Cristoph? Miragaya exhibits great passing in this match.
Nino operated in typical dominate fashion over Pedro Duarte. This match ends in submission.
The ultimate staller Vs. the ultimate submission machine was a match between Feitosa and Shaolin.
Fabio Gurgel took on Saulo Ribeiro in this event after they battled in 1998 for 1st and 2nd place at the mundials for the pessado weight class.
And the final match on the 57 minute video is Royce Vs. Wallid. Most of us know how this match ended. I remember being a young JJ practitioner and hearing that this fight was going to take place. Because I got into the sport because of Royce and because he was on fire at the time we all knew he was going to win. The result of this fight spread like wild fire across every academy at the time. This was before the internet so we all had to wait for one to two weeks before the video copies started floating around. I remember the day the video came in. We all gathered around the TV and watched in silence as our hero fell. A Gracie lost. Unbelievable. And to a clock choke. This was the first time the “Gracie Magic” died for me. Of course anybody can get caught in a clock choke, but to watch Royce turn the wrong way to escape was shocking. On December 17, 1998 Wallid made good on one chapter of his promise to Carlson to beat the other side of the Gracie family.
The video has 13 matches that cover 57 minutes. You can tell it is old footage, but the quality is still good. By far the highest quality footage of Royce Vs. Wallid I have seen. 3 of the 13 matches end in submission. Not a very high number of submissions but for the most part there wasn’t that much stalling. I think the super fight aspect eliminated some of that even though it was the era of the stall. Like I said before it was electric. All the fighters were intense and the crowd was pumped. I don’t know how many people were there but it seemed like thousands.