Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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Luanna Alzuguir
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Luanna Alzuguir is a historical figure in women’s jiu jitsu history, being one of the most dominant lightweight competitors of her generation, with several world titles to her name. A black belt under instructor  Marco Barbosa, and a former member of the Barbosa Jiu Jitsu team, Luanna Alzuguir is mostly known for her time spent fighting for the Alliance academy banner.

Luanna Alzuguir Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Luanna Alzuguir Marton Moraes

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez >Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Luanna Alzuguir

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2009, 2010 absolute, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • World Pro Cup Champion UAEJJ (2011, 2012)
  • ADCC Champion (2009)
  • Pan American Champion (2011)
  • European Champion (2011 weight and absolute)
  • World Cup Champion CBJJE (2007 – weight and absolute)
  • Sao Paulo State Champion (8x)

Favourite Technique/Position: Open Guard

Weight Division: Lightweight

Team/Association: Alliance

Luanna Alzuguir’s Biography

Luanna was born on the 16th of August 1985 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her first contact with jiu jitsu was at the age of 9, through coach Marcelo Mathias, competing for the first time that year (1994), winning the first of many medals at the “Paulista” trials, Sao Paulo’s main event (State competition).

When Luanna Alzuguir was an orange belt, she decided to make a change in the training routine. Unsatisfied with the way training was going and seeking a more competitive enviroment Luanna moved to the famous Godoi/Macaco training center, where  she was coached mainly by Celso Brito obtaining her blue belt at the famed Sao Paulo gym.

Problems crossed paths with Luanna’s jiu jitsu rising career as Jorge “Macaco” Patino and his partner Roberto Godoi split in an unsavory affair, leaving Alzuguir adrift. Finding it hard to find consistent training partners she got disappointed with the sport and decided to change her focus to a different career, journalism.

In an odd turn of events, the academic life brought Luanna back to jiu jitsu. Watching the highly competitive University League’s from the stands, the fire in her belly grew stronger. It was at one of these University competitions that she met Marco Barbosa (who had also been a Macaco/Godoi team member) and his team. He invited Alzuguir to start training with them, and so she did. Soon the big competitions started to come and Luanna settled in jiu jitsu once again.

Luanna started teaching Jiu Jitsu at Anhembi Morumbi’s University as a brown belt, and being very successful in competitions she was awarded her black belt on December 2007. In 2008 Alzuguir graduated from her university, but never finished her internship having set her sights on a Jiu Jitsu career she continued training like a professional athlete.

After the Mundials in 2008 Luanna decided to move on and shake up her training regime again, and so she moved to one of the best teams in the World – Alliance – led by the legendary Fabio Gurgel. That change of training camps paid off as she had a fantastic year in 2009, winning all major BJJ tournaments and the most prestigious submission grappling tournament in the World, the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club).

Luanna Alzuguir vs Inna Steffensen

Luanna Alzuguir vs Marcia de Souza

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