Kitaoka Wins Two Gold Medals! No-Gi Open Tournament 2009 In Kanto
SENGOKU Lightweight champion Satoru Kitaoka participated in the “Gi Amateur BJJ & No-Gi Open Tournament 2009” in the Kanto prefecture in Japan today. He participated in the No-Gi Adult Expert -79.5kg & absolute (open-weight) division tournaments. He won gold in both of them.
He won his first fight in the absolute tournament by Guillotine Choke, the second by Achilles Lock, and in the finals he faced good grappler Kohei Nishibayashi (ADCC Asia 2007 winner, Asian Championship 2008 winner, etc.) from GRABAKA Jiu-Jitsu and won by Anaconda Choke.
Kitaoka has not competed since defeating Takanori Gomi in a SENGOKU title fight in January. According to him, this was a tournament to get into gear in preparation for his June fight in Pancrase against Yukio Sakaguchi and his August SENGOKU title defense against Kazunori Yokota or Mizuto Hirota.