Mauro Ayres is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Francisco ‘Toco’ Albuquerque from the Nova Geração academy. A former Brazilian national champion in the black belt division (2008), Ayres is also the co-founder of the Ipanema (Rio de Janeiro), and the Davis (California) affiliates of Nova Geração.
Mauro Ayres Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Mauro Henrique Ayres Junior
Nickname: Maurinho, a way of saying “little Mauro” in Portuguese due to Ayres’ size.
- Brazilian National Champion (2008)
- Lisbon Open Champion (2013)
- 2nd Place at European International Open (2016 Masters)
- 2nd Place at the Asia Open (2012)
- 3rd Place at the Pan American Championship (2014)
- 3rd Place at the Sao Paulo Open (2013)
- 3rd Place at the International Masters & Seniors (2014)
Favorite Position/Technique: Guard
Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64kg/141lbs)
Team/Association: Nova Geração
Mauro Ayres Biography
Mauro Ayres was born on the 9th of November, 1976 in the Lagos region, state of Rio de Janeiro. He was a very hyperactive child, so at the age of 8 his mother enlisted him in a karate academy, and later a judo school.
In judo, Ayres always prefered the newaza (ground work) where he felt he had an advantage over the majority of his training partners, for that reason, in 1994 he decided to give jiu jitsu a try. His first class was on December, 1994, a class taught by Roberto Atalla.
Mauro Ayres loved jiu jitsu and continued training regularly at AMAN (Academia Militar das Agulhas Negras – Resende) with coach Alexandre Andrade, who was a purple belt under Sérgio “Bolão” at the time, as well judo with Sensei Leopoldo De Lucca.
Alexandre Andrade remained as Ayres’ instructor from white belt to brown. When Ayres reached the brown belt level, he started training also at a Gama Filho University academy (UGF) affiliate. UGF had strong ties with Nova Geração, and both teams often competed under the same banner.
During 2004, after the death of Sensei De Lucca, Ayres stopped training consistently while going through a grieving period, which also coincided with a severe knee injury. Even so, when visiting Alexandre Andrade’s gym, he was awarded his black belt (on the 18th of December, 2004), Mauro gracefully refused the grade, as he felt he was not at the level he wanted to be to honor his black belt.
Ayres continued training at UGF (today’s GF Team), but in 2006 he moved to Nova Geração, through a good friend (Marcus Cancella) who introduced Francisco Albuquerque, the famous Master “Toco” to Mauro. It would be Albuquerque who officially graded Mauro with his black belt.
Mauro Ayres is the co founder of: