Monday, 5 January 2015

The Berimbolo Kid's Match of the Week - Week 22 - Marcos de Souza vs. Oliver Geddes - 2012 European Championships

(The previous edition can be found HERE)

Welcome to another edition of Match of the Week, and the first edition of 2015. This week's match is Marcos de Souza vs. Oliver Geddes from the 2012 European Championships.

Marcos de Souza is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under his father, Adilson de Souza, and fights for his own team, Bonsai Jiu-Jitsu. An accomplished competitor in his own right, Marcos is also the older brother of standout competitor, Roberto Satoshi Souza. Marcos and his brothers moved to Japan in 2007 from Brazil to open their own academy, Bonsai Jiu-Jitsu.

Just like his younger brother, Marcos is also a very accomplished competitor. He is a four time Asian Champion (2014, 2010 weight & absolute, 2009 absolute), a three time All Japan Jiu-Jitsu Champion (2010 weight & absolute, 2009 absolute), and a two time DUMAU Cup (2010 weight & absolute) and DUMAU International Champion (2010 weight & absolute). He is also a one-time Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Champion (2013).

Marcos' strength is definitely his guard passing. He is very effective on top, and seems to favour the knee cut pass above all other passes. If his opponent doesn't pull guard on him, Marcos will usually take his opponent down with an ankle pick takedown. Once he completes his guard pass, Marcos uses great pressure in side control to make his opponent turn away from him in order to attack their back. 

Marcos de Souza

Oliver Geddes (commonly known as "Oli") is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Jiu-Jitsu legend, Roger Gracie. Oli became famous across the UK for being one of the most active competitors in Europe, and has competed in literally hundreds of competitions, picking up a huge amount of medals along the way. After an impressive run at the lower belts, Oli was finally promoted to black belt by Roger Gracie in December 2011. 

Like I mentioned before, Oli has a huge amount of titles to his name, here is a summary of his most major accomplishments. He is a three time European (CBJJE) Champion (2010 brown, 2009 purple weight & absolute), and a two time European (2010 & 2009 purple), World Pro European Trials (2009 purple/brown/black, 2011 brown/black), and British Open Champion (2010 brown, 2009 purple). He is also a onetime British Open NoGi Champion (2009 purple), and a one-time Pan American NoGi silver medalist (2009 purple) and Pan American bronze medalist (2009 purple). 

Oli is simply known for one thing, and that is his half guard. He is extremely effective from that position, in terms of both sweeps and submissions. He is also notorious for using the loop choke from the half guard, a submission he has been very successful with to date in competition. Although, he also sets up omoplatas, triangles, kneebars and kimuras very well from the half guard position. 

Oliver Geddes

This match sticks out in my mind solely because I watched it live. In fact, I would say it was the most memorable match of the whole competition for me personally.

At this point, Oli had been a black belt for just over a month, and Marcos had way more experience than he did at black belt. Nonetheless, Oli does a fantastic job against Souza, holding him off and trying to set up multiple submission and sweep attempts. Overall, a great match!

The video of the match can be found below. I hope you guys enjoy!

See you next week!

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