The Nova Geração Jiu Jitsu academy is one of the most respected and prestigious BJJ gyms in Rio de Janeiro, having spawned numerous grappling stars including big names such as Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu and Alexandre “Pulga”. The team from Leblon (a famous burg in Rio) also has schools in Europe, Mexico and the United States and is affiliated with the BJJ Revolution association.
The Early Days of Nova Geracao
The team started due to an invitation made by a small gym in Leblon that wanted to add Jiu Jitsu to their sporting activities. Francisco Albuquerque and Rodrigo Medeiros were invited to take the class and they accepted, after receiving the nod from Carlson Gracie who was Medeiros and Albuquerque’s master. Nova Geracao’s first class was on the 12th of June, 1992 and the project proved to be an immediate success. There was a high demand in that area of Rio de Janeiro for top quality Jiu Jitsu and as a result, Nova Geracao grew exponentially. Soon “Toco” and Medeiros found themselves giving classes to 70 students in a 20 sq meter venue; this led them to change locations to Avenida Bartolomeu Mitre, 808B where the team stands currently. Rodrigo Medeiros moved to the United States of America in 1996 leaving Francisco Toco to run the team on his own.
|Team Name||Centro de Lutas Nova Geração|
|Team Lineage||Academia Gracie > Academia Carlson Gracie > Nova Geracao|
|Founder(s)||Francisco Albuquerque / Rodrigo Medeiros|
|First Black Belt(s)||Tiago Asfora (1998)|
|Main Academy Address||Av. Bartolomeu Mitre, 808 B – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Prominent Fighters||Alexandre Pimentel / Roberto Abreu|
|Main Trainers||Francisco “Toco” / Alexandre Pimentel / Marcelo Briggs / Alex Gonzaga|
|Other Relevant Figures||Paulo Jardim / Roberto Leitão / Pedro Gama Filho (in memorian)|
|Main Titles||Brazilian Team Champion (2004/2005); Rio State Champion (2000)|
The Name “Nova Geração” (which means the New Generation in Portuguese) and their logo concept are both very atypical within the standard Jiu Jitsu school emblem, especially in the 1990’s where pit bulls and bulldogs were the main rule in BJJ’s labels. The original idea was to step away from the norm as Jiu Jitsu had been stigmatized in the 1990’s era in Brazil (specially in Rio de Janeiro), being identified with the famous “pitboys”. Nova Geracao was one of the first teams to come out deliberately wanting to promote Jiu Jitsu for the younger generations as a healthy alternative lifestyle.
Nova Geracao is first and foremost a true descendent of Carlson Gracie. The Gracie Master accompanied the team’s growth from the early days of its conception and both of the team’s founders are Carlson black belts. Nova Geracao representatives have competed under the Carlson Gracie banner on many occasions in events throughout the world.
Another important figure of the team who was for a long time it’s director was Pedro Gama Filho, the iconic scholar who was also a Judo and Jiu Jitsu black belt, filled the main seat at the Nova Geracao for years, he was a very close friend to most of the team’s staff and his passing in 2004 left a huge gap in the leadership of Nova Geracao which almost led to its terminus. Luckily after the necessary grieving period the team managed to regroup and come back as strong as ever winning two “Brasileiro de Equipes” on a row.
The project is named “Claro Que Dá” (Translation: Of Course We Can), it has been running since 2004 with the help of Rio de Janeiro’s Governor, Sergio Cabral. The Claro Que Da movement tries to input social values through practicing sports (BJJ), a work that has been praised by the media and the general public. They also do dental treatment making use of Francisco Albuquerque’s degree in Dentistry.
Nova Geracao Academy Video (made by the Real Rio Show)
great article! I like learning about different BJJ academies. When is the next one coming up?
Thanks Nic! I have a few lined up, but need to write them up. Next Week same time I should have another one (possibly two) 😉
the best team…………………… a NOVA GERAÇAO MADEIRA tem muito orgulho em seu mestre , osssssssssssssss
The best team in the world. The people who still Dont know about us, soon will hear moré And moré about the greatness of NG around the world. Nova Geracao is a team built with principles, values, tradition And new blood.
Nova Geracao stronger And bigger ossss!!
Proud to be part of this great family
Their logo is baby with a dummy and nappy??
Assuming this is because of the social project etc but still… funny
i thought Michel Porfirio Pereira was the first black belt
Sorry to dissapoint 🙂
All information here displayed was double checked and confirmed by Master Toco.
Why would I be disappointed? I live in south Fl and I heard that. Just asking.
Sorry, i am the first blackbelt of Nova Geração in 1997.
In 1997, I fought the Brazilian championship in the black belt, being in second place
what school would you recommend in terms of competition training and preparation. nova geracao or carlson gracie?
Gama Filho was Nova Geracao leader? I tought he was GFT leader;The same team that Rodolfo Vieira is issued.
Armand, the GFT Leader is Master Julio Ceasar Pereira.
Such happy memories of training here age 18 and 21 for several months each time, and getting my blue and purple belts on each occasion. Amazing training and good vibes, used to train twice a day here- sparred with Pulga when he was a tiny brown belt (and deadly with his omoplata).