Fernando Di Piero, also known as “Soluço”, is an important figure amongst the Alliance Jiu Jitsu team. The charismatic black belt has medalled in some of the world’s most challenging competitions such as the European Open and the Pan American, he is also been an important figure for the growth of Jiu Jitsu in the country of Ecuador where he has established himself and his academy.
Fernando Soluço in Detail
Full Name: Fernando Di Piero
Nickname: “Soluço” means Hiccup in Portuguese. In martial arts it is common to release a shout (also known as Kiai) when doing explosive movements. When Di Piero started practicing martial arts, one of his colleagues used to say that his “Kiai” sounded more like a hiccup, thus the name.
- Brazilian National Champion (2003 brown open weight)
- 2x European Open Silver Medallist (2005, 2010)
- 2x Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2002 & 2003 brown)
- Pan American Silver Medallist (2003 brown open weight)
- 2x World Bronze Medallist (2003 & 2002 brown)
- Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2006 open weight)
Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94kg/207lbs)
Favourite Technique: Throws & Takedowns
Fernando Di Piero “Soluço” Biography
Fernando Soluco was born on May 12th, 1980 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Fernando started practicing martial arts at the age of 4 in Judo, continuing throughout his teens and reaching the grade of black belt before he reached 18 (he was 17 years old when he graduated as a black belt). In the mean time, when he was 13 years old, Di Piero saw Royce Gracie perform at UFC I, after this historic performance by the Gracie, Fernando joined Roberto Lage’s Jiu Jitsu gym.
Soluco graded as a Jiu Jitsu blue and purple belt with Roberto Lage, but switched to Fabio Gurgel’s Alliance academy by the time he turned 17 years old. With Gurgel he achieved his brown and black belt (awarded in the end of 2003).
Fernando Di Piero started coaching when helping his Judo instructor around class, but he opened his first Jiu Jitsu academy when was when he was a brown belt, whilst also helping Fabio Gurgel with the children’s classes at the matrix academy. In 2006 Fernando Di Piero moved to the country of Ecuador where he opened the first Alliance team franchise there, establishing roots in the country and even marrying an Ecuatorian. The opportunity arose due to the close proximity with his good friend Freddy Sukata (a Jiu Jitsu pioneer in Argentina) who taught in Ecuador for a short amount of time, Sukata paved the way for Soluco to come to the country and establish his Alliance academy.
In promoting BJJ as a martial art, Fernando Di Piero also decided to take on MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), fighting several different tournaments and competitions. He has also managed to produce some talent from his Ecuatorian academy, namely Francisco Iturralde and Leonardo Iturralde.
Fernando Di Piero vs Roger Correa