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

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ADCC Champions

A list of the Abu Dhabi Club Champions (ADCC champions) since the opening of the tournament available here!

Hannette Staack

Hannette Staack one of the most accomplished grapplers in the world and an historical jiu jitsu black belt from Andre “Negao”. A founding members of the Brazil 021 BJJ team, Hannette Staack has won numerous medals in important tournaments such as the world championships (6x) and the ADCC (3x), arguably the world’s toughest submission wrestling tournament.

Rafael Mendes

Rafael Mendes is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt world champion under the illustrious coach Ramon Lemos. Considered a BJJ phenom since his late teens, and acclaimed as “the king of the featherweight division” by many BJJ enthusiasts, Rafael was also one of the fighters that brought recognition to 50-50 Guard, a game he used to de-throne the former 5x world champion Rubens Charles. Rafael Mendes is also the brother of another Jiu Jitsu World Champion, Guilherme Mendes.

Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”

Rubens Charles, also known as “Cobrinha” – Little Snake – is a 5 time World Jiu Jitsu Champion with the longuest reign in the featherweigh division’s history. This Brazilian competitor from the town of Londrina, is famed for his agressive game inside the matted arena, but he is also an acomplished instructor as he has shown teaching at Team Alliance’s HQ in Atlanta.

André Galvão

Andre Galvao is one of the most accomplished jiu jitsu competitors in the history of the sport, having won important tournaments such as the ADCC, the world championship, the Pan American championship, world cup, world pro championship among many other tournaments. Galvao also had a short spell competing in MMA.

Demian Maia

Demian is one of the top MMA fighters in the UFC today. He is also an incredible Jiu Jitsu fighter, a World Cup Champion and a Black belt from one of the best instructors in the business. This article explains his background and his path in the competitive world of martial arts.

Ricardo Arona

Ricardo Arona is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt from Ricardo Libório and Carlson Gracie lineage, Arona is also a submission wrestling legend, having won the ADCC (the world’s most prestigious grappling tournament) on 3 occasions, he has also led a successful MMA career (Mixed Martial Arts fighter) having fought some the biggest names of the sport in his time, fighters such as Fedor Emilianenko, Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio “Shogun”, Murilo “Ninja”, amongst many others in the now extinct Pride FC promotion.

Jean Jacques Machado

One of the legends of the sport, this BJJ Black Belt has competed and won against the very best fighters of his time. Today he resides in the United States and is an Instructor in the famous Machado Jiu Jitsu Academy

Alexandre Ribeiro

Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro is a 6x world Jiu Jitsu champion from the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu camp. Having been taught by some of the best coaches such as Royler Gracie and Vini Aieta as well as Xande’s own brother, the legendary Saulo Ribeiro. Xande Ribeiro (who is ranked #1 on BJJ Heroes’ Top 10 BJJ Fighters of All Time) also joined MMA in 2008 premiering in Japan’s organization Sengoku.

Renzo Gracie

One of the true martial arts legends, Renzo Gracie is a Jiu Jitsu black belt from the famous Gracie family who became also one of the pioneers of MMA. A fantastic coach that has produced several renowned black belts, Renzo primarily excelled as a competitor in the 1990’s winning important tournaments such as the ADCC (Abu Dabhi Combat Club) and several MMA fights in Japan, Brazil and US.

Marcelo Garcia

Marcelo Garcia also known as “Marcelinho“, is one of the most loved fighters in the BJJ community. With an entourage of fans throughout the grappling circuit earned by his Jiu Jitsu prowess and his amicable demeanor. Marcelo Garcia is considered by many as one of the All Time Best BJJ Fighters to have ever entered a mat, including by Rubber Guard guru Eddie Bravo, who considered Marcelo to be the BJJ “messiah“, after watching him in action.