Having recently become one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teams in the world, Grappling Fight Team (GFT) formerly known as Universidade Gama Filho (UGF) has had great success in Brazil since the 1990’s, with the turn of the 2010’s decade, GFT was propelled to world wide success through a series of excellent results at an international level and the continuous production of high level fighters such as Bruno Malfacine, Rodolfo Vieira, Ricardo Evangelista, Italo Lins and many others.
Grapling Fight Team History
It all began at the Universidade Gama Filho, a University in Rio de Janeiro famous for its Physical Education course and its sporting teams. One of the post graduate students of the University, who was also a physical education coach, Fernando Guimarães, made his monograph about the insertion of Jiu Jitsu into the University curriculum in 1978. Guimarães (also known as “Pinduka”) was a Carlson Gracie black belt and a believer in the academic benefits that BJJ tuition would bring to the school, unfortunately the request was denied by a board strongly dominated by a Judo lobby. The request was handed 3 more times (1988, 1990 and 1992) until the director of the school (Pedro Gama Filho, who was a Judo and BJJ black belt himself), helped push Jiu Jitsu into the University program (1993).
After the necessary logistics, in 1996 the academy was finally up and running at the Taquara Campus in the Northern area of Rio de Janeiro. Pedro Gama Filho and Paulo Jardim coached at the University for a short while before handing the job in the capable hands of Master Júlio César, Marcus Bello and Alexandre Baraúna who took the project from there on, Gama Filho and Jardim stayed behind the team giving financial support.
The team’s growth was immense from the get-go and soon the camp had to be shifted to a better facility at Campus Piedade, another UGF address. Other branches of the team also started opening in places like Bairro Vila da Penha and Aracaju (capital of the state of Sergipe) with Coach Marcus Bello.
With the passing of the instrumental Pedro Gama Filho in 2004, the team lost the sponsorship of the University having to move their Head Quarters from the famous Campus Piedade to Bairro do Méier, though keeping the Gama Filho name. In 2007, however, due to some of their competitors having transitioned to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), UGF had to change their name since the University did not want to be in any way connected with the sport of MMA, thus giving birth to the name Grappling Fight Team (GF Team).
Name: Grappling Fight Team
Team Lineage: Luis França Jiu Jitsu > Academia FADDA > Monir Salomao > GFTeam
Founder(s): Julio Cesar Pereira
Board: Julio Cesar Pereira (Director), Bianca Pereira (Director), Vinicius Marinho (Secretary)
Main Achievements: 4x Brazilian Teams Champion, Rio Open Team Champion (2011), State Champion (Rio)
Grappling fight team has over 30 affiliate academies spread all over the world, being the main ones as follows below.
Head Quarters – GFTEAM Méier (Rio de Janeiro) – Prof. Julio Cesar
Brazilian Affiliates by state
Rio de Janeiro: Julio Cesar Pereira
Sergipe: Laus Rocha and Adriano Adriano
Espírito Santo: Thiago Nassur
Minas Gerais: Shonny Carvalho
Pernambuco, Ceará & Paraíba: Emerson Martins e Renato Castro
Bahia: Evandro Nascimento
Aperibé, RJ: Prof. Daniel Seixas
Australia (Perth): Prof. Luis Fabio Andrade “Coringa”
Chile: Alvaro Bobadilla
England (London): Gabriel Rainho
Ludwigshafen & Ketsch: Patrick Talmon and Gabriel Rainho
Munich: Gabriel Rainho and Rodrigo Pereira
Turkey (Istambul): Igor Silva and Ertan Balaban
France (Paris): Matias Jardim and Gabriel Rainho
Califórnia: Marcelo Carvalho
Texas: Igor Santos
Nova Iorque: Roger Danton
Ohio: Vitor Henrique
I far the best Jiu-Jitsu I have trained with in my 20 years in jiu – jitsu a amazing team and Julio Cesar is a Great instructor and master I am very proud to be a part of this team
Good stuff. How come de la Riva was repping UGF at the 2002 Mundials, rather than Carlson? Although there is of course the Pinduka link.
I had always hoped that you would arrange your fighter database so that if you selected the "team" you could see all the fighters representing that team. This is certainly the next best thing. Appreciate the effort you put into excellent, enormous project!!
Thanks for the support Jay Storm! I really appreciate it. The "select by team" feature is already in place though, on the top menu under "sort by" 😉
Awesome, I didn't notice that, thanks!!
Greatest Jiu-Jitsu Team I have had the pleasure to train with proud to be part of this Team!
I was under the impression that Marcelo Carvalho was with Joe Moreira? I knew he brought in GFT for prep/camp for the worlds but didn't know he was an affiliate. When did he leave Joe M's association?
Nova Uniao in RIO is still the best jiu-jitsu fight team in the world!!!!!!!
Se puder acrescentar, na Paraíba a GFTEAM é liderada pelo mestre Tayrone Damasceno. Obrigado.
É isso ai Gustavo ta faltando. GFTem PB.
Is there a gfteam gym in sao paulo and if so the address?
joinville sc Fernando Tod GFTEAM
SInce yestarday they have an affiliate in Sofia,Bulgaia!