Brazilian jiu jitsu’s most historic academy is closing its doors after 45 years of history. In this article we go through the reasons the academy is closing and the importance this incredible building had in the development of BJJ in Rio de Janeiro.
Alan Moraes is a one of the coaches at the world famous Carlson Gracie Academy in Rio de Janeiro, from where he has produced several high quality black belts, including world medallist Samir Chantre. Alan Moraes, who was graded as black belt by Carlson Gracie Junior, is also one of the main referees in the IBJJF.
One of the most talked about academies in the world, the Carlson Gracie academy reached its pinnacle in the 1980’s, a time in which the team heavily dominated the Jiu Jitsu scene in Brazil. In this article you will read the history of this great team and how it developed into this legendary camp of fighters from which many legendary competitors came out.
Vinícius Cruz, is a historic figure in Brazilian jiu jitsu, having medalled on multiple occasions in important tournaments such as the Copa Company, the World Championship, the Pan American Championship and many others. A former member of the Carlson Gracie Academy, Vinícius Cruz is often associated with the “loop choke”, a technique he perfected during the 1990’s applying it often in competition.
João Pedro “Somalia” is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Jonathas “Monteirinho” Couto and Eduardo “Jamelão” Conceição of Checkmat academy. Somalia burst into the grappling scene after winning two world titles at brown belt, later becoming a Pan American champion on his first year as a black belt, cementing his name as one of the top grapplers of his generation.
Another fantastic year of jiu jitsu is ahead of us and as per usual, the honours will be made in Lisbon by the European …
For many, BJJ was the only way out of a life of certain poverty, the only way in to becoming a productive member of modern day society, this article speaks about them and about jiu jitsu as a way to make champions outside the match arena.
Another quick interview made by our Portuguese correspondent Hugo Miranda, during the European open. This time, with the established Jiu Jitsu black belt, Mr Alan ‘Finfou’ do Nascimento. Alan has been living in Sweden for a number of years, raising some of the hottest prospects in the country. Hugo had a quick chat with the black belt at Casal Vistoso in Lisbon.
Brandon Mullins, is one of the most accomplished American born BJJ black belts, being the second American to win two world titles in the adult black belt division of the sport. Brandon Mullins made a name for himself as one of the top jiu jitsu competitors in the rooster weight division after he won his first Pan American title in 2009 (no gi). He has since become one of the most successful American born BJJ black belts in the world through his recurring success at the world no gi championships.
One of the top jiu jitsu teams on the planet with strong ramifications all over the world, namely in Brazil, USA, Australia, Portugal, Italy and many other countries, Nova Uniao has been a synonym of slick and technical jiu jitsu since the 1990’s when it was considered to be the best lightweight team in the world. Nova Uniao is also famed for its strong MMA team having produced great champions such as Eduardo Dantas, Jose Aldo, Jussier Formiga and Renan Barao.
Ivaniel Oliveira is one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts of his generation in the rooster weight division. A pupil of the renowned Cristiano Carioca, Ivaniel has won important tournaments such as the World Cup (WLPJJ & CBJJO) and the Rio International Open (CBJJ), though his difficulty in getting a visa for the USA prevented him to compete at the highest level (the Mundial) for a long period of time.
The creator of the Baratoplata technique, Rafael Freitas (AKA Barata) is also an accomplished Jiu Jitsu black belt, having competed and won in some of the most respected tournaments in the BJJ international circuit. Barata is also the coach of Gracie Barra New Mexico.
The Checkmat Jiu Jitsu team is one of the fastest rising teams in the BJJ world. Since their launch in 2008, Checkmat has steadily established itself as one of the main Jiu Jitsu academies on the planet, having medalled in the top grappling tournaments at black belt level, such as the Worlds (Mundial), the European Open and many others.
Marcos Barreto made history as the very first world Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion in the “Galo” weight division, back in 1996. A black belt …
Yusuke Honma is a Japanese practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, being a black belt under Yuki Nakai from the prestigious Paraestra academy, one of …
Another year and another fantastic edition in of the BJJ Pan Ams! 2011 Jiu Jitsu Pan American Games was truly fantastic on all belts …
Mauro Chueng is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under the legendary Sérgio Bolão and one of the top instructors teaching in the southern …
Josef Manuel Junior, mostly known by his “war name” of “Zé Cobra”, is a martial artist with over 20 years experience in the fight game. He is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under one of the legends in the sport, the honourable Robson Moura.
A BJJ black belt from the famous Kimura-Nova Uniao, Kiki is a former BJJ World Champion and also a Brazilian National Wrestling Champion with a successful MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) career.
Fernando Terere is possibly the most charismatic and talented fighters to have ever stepped on a Jiu Jitsu mat. This is an article about his roots and his rise in BJJ as well as his fall to drug addiction.