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Alexandre Puga

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Alexandre Puga is an important figure within the Alliance Rio de Janeiro team. A black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the illustrious Alexandre Paiva, Puga became one of the main instructors at the Alliance academy in 2002 having helped several high end competition grapplers with their game.

Alexandre Puga Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Alexandre Basbaum Pettezzoni de Puga

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva > Alexandre Puga

Main Achievements: n/a

Weight Division: n/a

Favourite Position/Technique: Guard Passing

Alexandre Puga Biography

Alexandre Puga was born on the 9th of August, 1973 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu by a friend when he was 17 years old. His friend took him to “Clube Campestre” in Rio where he met instructor André “Deco”. Puga trained at the Clube Campestre for a while, earning his blue belt from “Deco”. In 1992 he started training with Alexandre Paiva “Gigi” at the Clube Federal, master Paiva then (1993) joined forces with Roberto Traven and formed “Academia Strike” and Puga followed receiving his purple belt from the two World BJJ Champions, Paiva & Traven, in 1996.

Master Alexandre Paiva would form his own academy afterwards and Alexandre Puga once again stood beside his master. Puga was graded as a brown belt in 1998 and as a black belt on the 29th of August, 2000, both belts awarded by Paiva.

In 2002 Puga was invited to coach alongside his master “Gigi” at the Alliance team, an invitation immediately accepted. He has been involved with the academy’s growth ever since.

Alexandre Puga rolling with Lucas Figueiredo

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  • Ivan Leal Filho says:

    Congratulations, Mestre Puga!
    I am very proud to be your student!
    And BJJ Heroes, remind the credits of the photographer and videomaker, Ivan Leal Filho…
    Ivan Leal Filho.

  • Filipe Medeiros says:

    Puga é um cara diferenciado realmente…parabéns ao Mestre e a BJJ Heroes pelo reconhecimento!

  • Tammy Weintraub says:

    Master PUGA !
    He is an amazing person. He is fundamental at Alliance Rio. Puga could be found on the mats training and teaching for hours and hours throughout the week with everyone from the children to world champions.
    We are honored to learn from him.

    Tammy Weintraub
    Samuel Weintraub ( 8 yrs. old)
    Dina Weintraub ( 8 yrs. old)

  • daniela says:

    Parabens Puga pela menção. Você merece! Abraço Daniela

  • Marcio Puga says:

    Parabéns Alexandre. Muito me orgulha ser seu pai!
    Marcio Puga.

  • Miguel Ruas says:

    " The Brasilian Jiu-Jitsu encyclopedia " Grande abraço Grande Professor

  • Denis Puga says:

    Parabéns, Alexandre! Vc é um orgulho para todos nós.
    Um beijo do seu irmão e amigo,
    Denis Puga.

  • Toti says:

    Parabens Puga muito legal a reportagem vc merece. Forte abraço

  • John Evans says:

    When I went to Brazil at the end of last year, I was fortunate enough to train with Puga. I have to say that his jiu-jitsu is very, very good, and he's also a super nice guy!

  • brucey says:

    Master Puga is the best teacher! I trained with him for 2 months and my game improved immensely. Thank you Master Puga

  • kleber says:

    Parabéns Puga!
    A Alliance está muito bem representada.
    Obrigado por todo ensinamento e apoio na minha volta ao jiu jitsu.
    Um abraço,

  • Diego says:

    Vc é um grande professor e um grande amigo,obrigado por tudo.

  • Markku says:

    Great to see you here Puga: you are a BJJ hero!
    For sure, your favourite technique is guard passing 😉
    All the best,

  • Juan Nicolas Arango says:

    Grande Mestre Alexandre Puga! Idolo demais, pressao sinistra!

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