Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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João Roque

The 1997 pluma BJJ black belt World Champion, Joao Roque went on to have a fruitful MMA professional career, fighting in shows such as the Shooto Japan, UFC, Deep and VTJ. Roque is also one of the first African native BJJ black belts in the world.

Marcelo Saporito

Master Marcelo Saporito is the head coach of one of the most iconic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academies in the world, the “Academia Carlson Gracie” in Rua Figueiredo Magalhaes, Copacabana. He took the mammoth task of replacing the late Master Carlson Gracie at the helm of the gym, which he did to perfection with over 200 team titles to this date.

Roberto “Tussa” Alencar

A very talented black belt under Carlinhos Gracie, this Gracie Barra powerhouse has been a menace in the heavier jiu jitsu weight divisions for a few years with wins against some of the best fighters in the world. He has been living in Albuquerque for the last few years, though this hasn’t stopped his rampant success.

Pablo Popovitch

One of the world’s premiere grapplers, this BJJ black belt and Submission Wrestling expert from Rio de Janeiro has been based in the United States since the mid 1990’s where he has evolved into one of the most famous and accomplished Nogi fighters of today, as the wins at the ADCC (2009) and Nogi World Championships (2010, 2007) would certify.

Kayron Gracie

He is the son of Gracie Barra founder Carlinhos Gracie and member of the famous Gracie family. Kayron is also one of the brightest stars in Jiu Jitsu’s middleweight division, with many important wins at black belt level, since obtaining his black belt in 2009.

Bill “The Grill” Cooper

A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller, and one of the best fighters in the Light and middleweight divisions, Bill The Grill Cooper fights out of the Paragon BJJ Team where he has specialized in BJJ. Get to know this amazing scrambler here.

Max Trombini

Milton Maximiliano Trombini is one of the leaders of Cia Paulista, a famous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team from Sao Paulo. Max is also a famous Judoka with strong ties to the Brazilian National Judo Team, having been involved with other National teams like the German, English and Russian.

Bruno Matias

A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Ricardo Vieira, Bruno Matias has been one of the top competitors out of the Fight Zone gym. Today he is settled in Northern Europe (Sweden) teaching his techniques in the Old Continent.

Cássio Cardoso

One of Carlson Gracie’s most talented black belts, Cassio Cardoso was one of the most important fighters in Jiu Jitsu of the 1980’s, his fights with Marcelo Behring will forever be remembered as one of the most iconic in the sport

Allan Góes

Allan Goes, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt (sexto grau – 6th degree) was part of the famous Carlson Gracieteam that ruled the mats in the late 1980s/early 1990s, he became an important representative of the club in MMA events throughout the world. Allan Goes was also one of the first Brazilians to bring Carlson Gracie’s style of Jiu Jitsu to the United States.