Bruno Ferreira is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt graduated by the inimitable Master Francisco Albuquerque (also known as Toco). Ferreira has medalled in several important events such as the Campeonato Brasileiro (Brazilian Nationals), the South American Championship and the Brazilian Teams Tournament. He is also part of a Jiu Jitsu program that helps promote and develop BJJ in the United Arab Emirates. Bruno Ferreira Jiu Jitsu Full Name: Bruno Wanderley Ferreira Nickname: “Brunão” – short for big Bruno in Portuguese. Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Francisco Albuquerque >Bruno Ferreira Main Achievements: Brazilian National Champion (2005 brown – Master); International Masters & Seniors Champion (2005 brown); South American Silver Medallist (2006 black, weight & absolute); Brazilian National Teams 3rd Place (2006 black) Favourite Position/Technique: Closed Guard Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg/194lbs) Team/Association: Nova Geração Sponsors: Palms Sports Bruno Ferreira Biography Bruno Ferreira was born on the 23rd of October in Juiz de Fora – Minas Gerais,Brazil, though he moved to the burg of Leblon in Rio de Janeiro as a child and lived there throughout his life. At the age of 11, Bruno Ferreira started practicing martial arts namely Karate and Tae Kwon Do. It was only at the age of 16 that Bruno discovered and began practicing Jiu Jitsu, at the time, Master Francisco “Toco” and Rodrigo Medeiros had just started giving BJJ classes in a gym very close to Bruno’s house, both Toco and Medeiros were purple belts at the time. Bruno started training, but he suffered in class by the hands of more experienced students such as Thiago Asfora, Vitor Belfor and a few others. He started enjoying it more when he joined the beginner’s schedule where he could practice with students of the same level; it was then that Jiu Jitsu became his way of life. Bruno was graded all belts by the hands of Francisco Albuquerque, including his black belt which came in 2005. After many years living in Rio de Janeiro, Bruno decided to make a change in his life and moved to the U.A.E. where he helped develop Jiu Jitsu in the country, teaching the sport and the and self defense aspect of BJJ to the Armed Forces of UAE.