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.
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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.
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 Brazilian jiu jitsu teams in the world, the Atos Jiu Jitsu academy is led by Andre Galvao and Ramon Lemos, both former training partners at the Brasa academy in Sao Paulo. Formed in 2008, the Atos team is famous for its strong lightweight team and its creative groundwork, being the 50/50 guard and the leg drag two of their main contributions to the jiu jitsu world.
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.
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.
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.
Marcos Barreto made history as the very first world Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion in the “Galo” weight division, back in 1996. A black belt under another historical figure in Monir Salomão (from the Oswaldo Fadda lineage), Barreto – aka “Juruna” – abandoned competitive Jiu Jitsu almost completely after his master’s death. Marcos Barreto Jiu Jitsu […]
Yusuke Honma is a Japanese practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, being a black belt under Yuki Nakai from the prestigious Paraestra academy, one of the first and finest BJJ institutions in Japan. Honma became a household name amongst Jiu Jitsu enthusiasts after being the first Japanese practitioner to get to a final of a BJJ […]
Another year and another fantastic edition in of the BJJ Pan Ams! 2011 Jiu Jitsu Pan American Games was truly fantastic on all belts and weight divisions, but as expected it was the black belt divisions that brought the crowd to a roar. With a rumoured total of 2800 competitors, the tournament had its fare […]
Mauro Chueng is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under the legendary Sérgio Bolão and one of the top instructors teaching in the southern region of Portugal, the Algarve – Albufeira. Chueng is also one of the founding members of the Rio Grappling Club, a strong BJJ team with affiliates all over Europe, a team […]
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.
Carlson Gracie was one of the most important figures in jiu jitsu, and still is considered today to be one of the best representatives of the sport both as a competitor and as coach through his Carlson Gracie Academy. His legacy will live for many years to come, as many of the world’s premiere BJJ teams came generated from his lineage, teams such as Nova Uniao, American Top Team (ATT), Brazilian Top Team (BTT), Nova Geração and many others.