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Alexandre Ribeiro

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Alexandre Ribeiro, commonly known as “Xande” Ribeiro is a legendary jiu jitsu competitor and one of the founding members of the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association. Under the tutelage of some of the world’s top coaches, including Royler Gracie, Vini Aieta and Xande’s own brother Saulo Ribeiro, Alexandre earned numerous grappling titles, including IBJJF World and ADCC champion. Alexandre Ribeiro – who ranked #1 on BJJ Heroes’ Top 10 BJJ Fighters of All Time list, also had a short spell fighting in mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2008, competing for the Japanese promotion: Sengoku.

Alexandre Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Alexandre Couceiro Ribeiro

Nickname: Xande is a common way of saying Alexandre in Brazil. The nickname was given by the Monteiro Brothers, Alexandre Ribeiro’s first instructors.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie > Saulo Ribeiro > Alexandre Ribeiro

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2004 / 2005 / 2006** / 2008** / 2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2012** )
  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2007 / 2009)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2001* / 2002 / 2005 / 2006)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2005 / 2012 / 2012)
  • 2nd Place ADCC World Championship (2009*)
  • 3rd Place ADCC World Championship(2005 / 2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2013)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2000 brown belt)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Guard Passing

Weight Division: Heavy and Super Heavyweight

Team/Association: Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu

Alexandre Xande Ribeiro Biography

Alexandre Ribeiro was born January 20, 1981, in Manaus – Brazil. He started his career under the tutelage of the Monteiro Brothers (Guto, Binho, Yano, and Lucio) at the age of 10. His talent rose above from the get-go and it is said that in his first 7 years of training Alexandre only lost 2 times in competition.

When he turned 18 Alexandre moved to Rio de Janeiro to study law, continuing his jiu-jitsu training at the Gracie Academy, a gym ran by Royler Gracie – in which his brother was already a star competitor. Xande went on to win two world championships and Pan Americans during the fist two years in Rio.

On March 2001 Ribeiro was awarded his jiu-jitsu black belt, a ceremony led by his own brother, Saulo Ribeiro.

Later in life, the Ribeiro brothers moved to San Diego, California – USA, where the two opened the University of Jiu-Jitsu, a space dedicated to the sharing of knowledge, regardless of team affiliation. The concept caught the attention of many illustrious competitors, including former UFC Lightweight contender Diego Sanchez who trained extensively under the Ribeiro’s. Alexandre and Saulo also founded the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association which later became one of jiu-jitsu’s top academies.

Relevant Information About Ribeiro's Career

Ribeiro Only Had His Guard Passed 4x In His Career:

1x @yellow belt (1991)
1x @brown belt (1999) by Renato Miragaia
2x @black belt (2005 2x) by Roger Gracie and Braulio Estima

Ribeiro Was Only Mounted 1x in his career:

1x @yellow belt (1991)

Instructional by Alexandre Ribeiro

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Xande Ribeiro on Guard Retention

Xande Ribeiro vs Dean Lister

Xande Ribeiro vs Ricardo Ramos

5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles


  • Mike Castro says:

    Xande is awesome I had the pleasure to watch him compete at the Worlds and he was unstoppable. After watching him compete he became my BJJ hero.

    Mike Castro


  • Alex says:

    It says he is a 6x time world champion but you only listed 5 of his titles

  • Phil says:

    It says Xande studied law when he went to Rio but on the interview portion of Saulo's Revolution DVD Saulo says he studied law in Rio. It's possible they both went to study law, or this factoid should be Saulo's bio.

    On another note, this site is wonderful, Thank you.

  • eric says:

    xande is coming to Korea! so excited!

  • Adriano Monteiro Jr says:

    The Monteiro Brothers are the best jiu jitsu academy in the North Region,the best in Manaus.A lot of great fighters were their students,such as: Xande Ribeiro,Saulo Ribeiro,Adriano Martins ,etc.And the current Ultra Featherweight world champion Gabriel Moraes( in fact ,they made a lot of world champions).And they are not an academy under the guidance of Royler.Thanks Very much masters Guto(Adriano),F

  • rizky says:

    I wonder why BJJ and MMA fighters get lighter and lighter when they get older, roger used to fight in heavyweight division 265lbs, but now he dropped to middle weight 185lbs , same as Vitor Belfort

    On the other hand boxers tend to get heavier when they get older, Ali and Holyfield were light heavy weight before moving up to heavy weight, and Manny Pacquiao was initially feather before shoot up to welter weight

    Can anyone explain why is that so

  • Chino103185 says:

    Is xande&saulo does not represent Gracie humaita anymore? Did they cut ties with humaita?

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