Dictionary definition of Grappler: Combatant who tries to throw opponent to the ground.
Now, as jiu jitsu players, this definition could easily cause offence, with our art coming into play once we hit the ground. Perhaps, to avoid confusion, the definition should simply read: Claudio Calasans.
After all, the 30 year-old Atos fighter is the son of Brazil’s youngest judo coral belt, a national champion wrestler and one of jiu jitsu’s most talented middleweights. Calasans is a grappler in every sense of the word.
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