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Bruno Bastos

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Bruno Bastos is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 5th-degree black belt, a rank awarded by Master Wendell Alexander. Bruno is well known for his past as one of the main representatives of the 2x world champion team Nova Uniao, a team he separated from in 2014 to found his own Bruno Bastos Association. Bastos would later also found the LEAD Team, a successful workgroup in the sport’s international circuit. As a competitor, Bruno Bastos is highly accomplished and competed in the most prestigious tournaments in the world such as the ADCC, Grapplers Quest, and World Championships and Brazilian Nationals.

Bruno Bastos Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Bruno Bastos Cruz

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Luiz França > Oswaldo Fadda > Sebastião Ricardo > Wendell Alexander > Bruno Bastos

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2011)
  • 1st Place CBJJE World Cup (2010 / 2009 / 2007)
  • 1st Place CBJJE World Championship (2008)
  • 1st Place CBJJE Brazilian Nationals (2008**)
  • 1st Place CBJJO Brazilian Cup (2002** / 2004 / 2005** / 2007)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2010)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Open (2008)
  • 1st Place IBJJF NY Open (2010)
  • 1st Place Copa Cyclone Submission Grand Prix (2005)
  • 1st Place CBW BR National Grappling Championship (2007)
  • 1st Place Submission Wrestling de Campos (2001 / 2002 / 2004)
  • 1st Place Duelo de Titans Jiu-Jitsu vs Luta-Livre (2001 / 2002)
  • 2nd Place CBJJO World Cup (2002)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pro League GP (2012)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2011)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2010)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World NOGI Championship (2010 / 2013)
  • 3rd Place CBJJO World Cup (2002* / 2004)
  • 3rd Place Grapplers Quest All-Star (2009)

Main Achievements (Masters):

  • 1st Place IBJJF Masters World Championship (2013 / 2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Master and Seniors Championship (2010)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2012** / 2015 / 2016 / 2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2012 / 2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2013 / 2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2014 / 2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2017 / 2019)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2018 / 2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan American Championship (2013**)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Master and Seniors Championship (2014)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Weight Division: Super Pesado (100.5 kg / 221 lbs)

Favorite Position/Technique: Half Guard

Team/Association: Bruno Bastos Association / LEAD

Bruno Bastos Biography

Bruno Bastos was born on the 27th of March, 1980. He started training jiu-jitsu in 1990 when he was 10 under Neury Gomes, and he stayed training under Neury for the next year and a half. He then picked up training with Aílson Brites for a short spell before finally ending with Wendell Alexander (in 1993) the coach that followed Bruno until he reached his black belt.

Bruno Bastos’s career has been pretty impressive from the get-go, he started competing when he was still a yellow belt achieving the podium straight away, and he hasn’t stopped reaching the top spots of competitive BJJ since.

Another peculiarity of Bruno is the Bastos surname, a name of some significance in jiu-jitsu, as 6 of his family members also train and compete, they are Fernanda ( black belt), André (black belt), Ricardo (black belt), Bianca (black belt), Thiago and Felipe Bastos.

Just like his master, Wendell, Bruno Bastos is also involved in charity. In 2005 he created an organization called Arte Suave, an organization that tries to keep kids away from drugs through jiu-jitsu. He was also involved in the creation of the “Projeto Atos”, a project that started with Bruno Bastos and a few other Nova Uniao students that got together through their evangelic church.

Bruno Bastos x Eduardo Milioli

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