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Match of the Week: Fernando Augusto da Silva “Terere” vs. Marcelo Garcia

    Today’s Match of the Week features two of Alliance’s top all-time Champions… Fernando Augusto da Silva (better known as Terere) vs. Marcelo Garcia. Terere’s rollercoaster career started in Morro do Cantagalo (a major slum in Rio de Janeiro) with a social project lead by Roberto Traven and Alexandre Paiva. For some kids, this community project helped them momentarily escape from the realities of … Continue reading


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Position of the Month: Mount Escapes WK#1

  Now that you have been exposed to some attacks from the mount, this month we are going to focus on escaping the position. The mount is one of the most common positions in both sport Jiu Jitsu and MMA; however is can be one of the most difficult positions to escape from if you have poor technique. In the first video from Robert Lovi, … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Robson Moura

Today’s Pioneers of the Sport features five time black belt world champion Robson Moura. Moura started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at age 10 in 1988 and achieved his black belt at age 18. He holds the record for the largest gap between years of winning gold at black belt, achieving gold in 1997 and most recently in 2007. He also is tied with Marcelo Garcia, Royler Gracie, … Continue reading


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Match of the Week: Mendes vs. Rocha

 Today we feature a great match between Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes (Soul Fighters) and Tiago Rocha (Alliance). This highly competitive bout took place in the finals of the 2010 Rio Open. Tanquinho, received his Black Belt in 2004 after training for seven years under famed 9th degree Red Belt Francisco Mansur. In 2005, Augusto along with his brother Bruno left Kioto to form Renovacao BJJ and … Continue reading


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Position of the Month: Mount Attacks Wk #4 (Cross Choke)

  Today, we feature one of the most varied techniques in Jiu Jitsu… the cross choke from the mount. So, staying with our mission, we scoured the internet to find the best clips for this choke. The first clip is a lesson from Trumpet Dan. Dan is a consummate student of Roger Gracie’s. His breakdown of Roger’s cross choke is second to only the man … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Saulo Ribeiro

  Today’s Pioneers of the Sport features fourth degree black belt and five time world champion Saulo Ribeiro. Considered one of the best BJJ competitors of all time, Ribeiro received his BB from Royler Gracie on November 27th, 1995. He went on to win his first of five world titles in 1997… and he rest is history. In the below match, Saulo takes on Fabio … Continue reading


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Position of the Month: Mount Attacks Wk #3 (Dave “Rock” Jacobs)

  To our US readers, Happy Thanksgiving. To our international readers, happy Thursday? Today’s lesson comes from Dave “Rock” Jacobs, the head of Fairfax Jiu Jitsu in Herndon, Virginia. Through our journeys, we had the pleasure of meeting and working with Dave on numerous occasions. “Rock” as he is lovingly called, is one of the most humble and welcoming individuals in the east coast BJJ … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Antonio “Nino” Schembri

I’m ultra excited about this one! For today’s Pioneers of the Sport, we feature one of the most notable names in BJJ during the late 90’s early 2000’s… Antonio “Nino” Schembri! Nino is probably one of my favorite BJJ’ers during this time period; his relentless aggressive style shaped generations of super flexible competitors and champions alike. Additionally, one can argue that Nino is the true … Continue reading


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Before They Were Stars: Nick Diaz

Before his meteoric rise to MMA stardom, he was a phenomenal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Through his MMA career, this Cesar Gracie Black Belt… Continue reading


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Position of the Month: Mount Attacks Wk #2 (Vinny Magalhães)

    Today we feature two techniques from the 2011 ADCC 99+ kilos champion, Vinicius de Magalhães. The first move is your basic arm bar from the s-mount; however, this no-gi wiz adds a twist to help you counter your opponent’s defense. The second move is a mounted gogo-plata that some call the Maga-Plata or the Aoki-Plata. Magalhães recently used this mounted gogo to help … Continue reading


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