Legend FC Welterweight contender, China Top Team’s Li JingLiang has won the Purple Belt division at the Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu Jitsu China Trails in Shanghai on October 27th. The three-star trial means that his win has earned Li a free trip and invitation to compete in the WPJJ 2013 Championship in AbuDhabi as the China representative on April 11-13 next year.
“The Leech” is no stranger to the MMA ring. He has competed in Legend FC a total of six times, and holds a record of 7-2 in MMA. As a purple belt in China with China Top Team, he’s had the opportunity to learn from some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coaches that have come through China, like Pedro Schmall and Ruy Menezes, and roll with the best training partners like UFC fighter Zhang TieQuan, former Legend FC Champion Yao HongGang, and Wang Sai.
Li is a humorous guy, and only replied when asked about the trials that “It was fun.” Andy Wang who is currently coaching in Beijing and sees Li’s progress on a regular basis said, “He trains as hard anybody I’ve seen in China and now that CTT has a new coach from Brazil, I expect him to continue to improve.”
Other Asian BJJ players who made into the WPJJ in 2012 and took medals were:
Cheol An from John Frankl Jiu Jitsu, South Korea – White -82 Gold
Andrew Wong Kee from Atos, New Zealand by way of Hong Kong – Blue -82 Bronze
Tommy Yand SeungHo from Phuket Top Team, South Korea by way of Thailand – Blue -82 Bronze
Shane Suzuki from Atos, Japan – Purple -70 Gold
Ho Wan from John Frankl Jiu Jitsu, South Korea – Purple -94 Bronze
Hideki Sekini from Bonsai, Japan – Purple +100 Silver