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Alan Nascimento “Finfou”

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Alan do Nascimento, or  “Finfou” as he is known in the Jiu Jitsu world, is an European Open Jiu Jitsu champion from the notorious Checkmat academy. Alan Finfou started his Jiu Jitsu career with Fernando “Terere”, but as Terere moved away from Rio de Janeiro, his tuition was handed to Ricardo Vieira with whom he earned his black belt. Alan Finfou is also part of a group of successful competitors to have been developed from the social project in the Cantagalo (Rio de Janeiro slum), a project run by Ricardo Vieira, Finfou has for the last few years, adopted Sweden as his second home where he teaches BJJ.

Alan Finfou Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Alan Douglas Pereira do Nascimento

Nickname: Finfou is the name of a game played by the Children in the “Favela do Cantagalo” (Famous Rio de Janeiro Slums) were Alan usued to live. When Alan first started training Jiu Jitsu, he would often play that game, so his teacher at the time (the legendary Fernando Tereré) gave him the nickname Finfou

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira > Alan Finfou

Main Achievements in BJJ:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2006 brown, 2005 purple)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2016 black Master 1 weight & absolute)
  • CBJJO World Cup Champion (2005 blue)
  • CBJJE World Cup Champion (2008)
  • IBJJF European Champion (2009, 2008, 2007 )
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • CBJJO Brazilian Cup Champion (2006/2005/2004 in the purple and brown belts weight & Absolute)
  • IBJJF European Silver Medallist (2012)
  • IBJJF Bronze Mundial Medallist (2009, 2014)

Favourite Technique: Triangle

Weight Division: Medio (82Kg – 180Lbs) and Meio Pesado (up to 88Kg – 194Lbs)

Association/Team: Checkmat – Vieira Bros Team Cantagalo.

Alan “Finfou” do Nascimento Biography

Alain “Finfou” do Nascimento was born on the 12th of March 1982 in Rio de Janeiro and raised by his mother in the “Jardim Catarina” one of the most dangerous slums of the city of Niteroi. Because of the dangerous life in this slum, his mother sent Alan to the “Favela do Cantagalo” a Rio de Janeiro slum so Alan could live with his grandmother. Life was hard in the “Favela” and Alan had to work and study at the same time to survive.

One day as he was playing flippers at a nearby store when a local BJJ instructor asked him if he wanted to go and train at his academy. Finfou accepted (even though he didn’t really know much about Jiu Jitsu). That local that invited him was none other than Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend Fernando Augusto “Terere” who had a social project in the slum to take kids off street crime through BJJ. Even though Alan was still in his early teens (he was 13 years old at the time), he immediately identified BJJ as a possible route to escape his hard life and started training as much as he could during the day while studying at night.

In his first competition when he was a yellow belt, all his friends-team mates won and Finfou didn’t. That upset him, a feeling that fed his hunger to compete and push himself even further and served as a base to his competitive spirit today. Finfou stayed training under Fernando Tereré until 2003. He achieved his purple belt with one legend and shortly after began training with another legend, Ricardo Vieira, in Copacabana.

Even though Finfou was being extremely successful in competitions, there was little to no money being made through Jiu Jitsu and often he had to abandon training to work, but he could always count on his coach Ricardo Vieira to bring him back to the mats and convince him his future belonged in BJJ. He was awarded his Black Belt by Ricardinho Vieira in 2007.

In 2005 he was contacted to start teaching in Sweden, he accepted the challenge and shortly after moved to there to help develop the “gentle art” in the North European country. He now travels often giving seminars throughout the World and going to train in Brazil and still teaching in Sweden.

Alan Finfou Grappling Record

50 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    3 (6%)

9 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
22
2
#86e620
Armbar
22
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
22
2
#d1212a
Submission
11
1
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
11
1
#f58822
Choke
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (18%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
29
2
#86e620
Lapel choke
14
1
#5AD3D1
Choke
14
1
#d1212a
Submission
14
1
#fad11b
Triangle
14
1
#f58822
Choke from back
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Alan Finfou Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1931Bill CooperBill CooperLLapel chokeWorld Champ.82KGR22008
2339Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLChokeWorld Champ.82KGSF2009
2913Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLAdvWorld Pro.83KGSF2011
3045Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLSubmissionWorld Champ.82KGRDS2011
3506Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLTriangleEuropean Open82KGF2012
4055Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2012
4878Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJE82KGSF2013
4893R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLReferee DecisionRome OpenABSF2013
4899Caio TerraCaio TerraLN/AEuropean NoGiABSF2013
4915Leandro LoLeandro LoLArmbarRio Open82KGF2013
5795Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
7091Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
8910Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 2x0European Open82KGF2016
8957Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backEuropean OpenABS4F2016
9961Yago SouzaYago SouzaLN/AWorld Champ.82KG8F2016
10315Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
20622Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionACB World Champ.85KGF2019
1844Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 2x0European Open82KGSF2008
1845Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWAdvEuropean Open82KGF2008
1890Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2008
2031Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPointsStenungsund Open88KGF2008
2100Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPointsEuropean88KGF2009
2337Pedro BessaWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG4F2009
3035Bruno AugustoWSubmissionWorld Champ.82KGRDS2011
3504Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWN/AEuropean Open82KGSF2012
4042Marcus BelloMarcus BelloWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4050Bruno AlvesBruno AlvesWDQWorld Champ.82KG8F2012
4280Renato MoraisWArmbarSweden OpenNANA2012
4386UnknownWBow and arrowUK Pro Trials75KG4F2013
4387Lucio SergioWReferee DecisionUK Pro Trials75KGF2013
4443Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieWChokeEuropean Open82KG4F2013
4890Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPointsRome Open88KGF2013
4891Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPointsRome OpenABSSF2013
4895Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWPointsEuropean NoGiABS4F2013
4898AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSSF2013
4914Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsRio Open82KGSF2013
5153Julien CazierWN/ALondon Open88KGSF2013
5154Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPointsLondon Open88KGF2013
5155Alan OliveiraWDQLondon OpenABSSF2013
5156Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPointsLondon OpenABSF2013
5166Tero PyylampiWPts: 5x2Finnish Open82KGF2013
5793Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KG4F2014
6711Jack MageeWN/AUK Pro Trials85KG4F2015
6712UnknownWPointsUK Pro Trials85KGSF2015
6713Viking WongWPointsUK Pro Trials85KGF2015
7003Edcarlos de LimaWN/ARome Open88KG4F2015
7006Alberto OrtizWN/ARome Open88KGSF2015
7007Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsRome Open88KGF2015
7013Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 2x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7087Pedro GuaraciWPointsWorld Pro85KGR12015
8904Jordi LloverasWArmbarEuropean Open82KG4F2016
8908C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open82KGSF2016
8941Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12016
8953Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 2x0European OpenABSR22016
9001Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 2x2, AdvPNBJJC88KGGP2016
9003Gregorio ThomazWTrianglePNBJJC88KGGP2016
9005Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWDQPNBJJC88KGGP2016
9024Arya EsfandmazWPointsUK National Pro94KGF2016
9025Arya EsfandmazWPointsUK National ProABSF2016
9168Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN77KGSF2016
9171Pedro FernandesWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN77KGF2016
9947Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22016
10076Reid RealeWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
10923Michael GlynnWTriangleNoGi Worlds83KG4F2016
10925Filipe BrobrickWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds83KGSF2016
10926Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWPts: 10x0NoGi Worlds83KGF2016
20621Bruno LimaBruno LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvACB World Champ.85KGSF2019

(banner picture taken by: William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix)

Alan Finfou Sparring

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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