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Match of the Week: Roger Gracie vs. Saulo Ribeiro (2005)

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Today’s “Match of the Week” features a classic battle of two “old school” methodical competitors, Roger Gracie vs. Saulo Ribeiro. This match took place in the semi-finals of the absolute division of the 2005 Mundials in the TIJUCA TENIS CLUBE. Spoiler alert… After losing this match, Saulo knelt on the mat, folded his belt and gave it to Roger, symbolizing his kimono’s retirement. However, the … Continue reading

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

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    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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Before They Were Stars: Marcelo Garcia

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    “Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.” – General Douglas MacArthur     There is no other person in our beloved sport that exemplifies the above quote … Continue reading

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Young Guns: Francisco “Sinistro” Iturralde

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Today, we feature yet another member of the Alliance team. It seems that in addition to having a huge stable of world champion black belts, this mega-team’s breadth reaches to all different belt levels. In the below interview, we talk to purple belt world champion Francisco “Sinistro” Iturralde. Sinistro hails from a place where BJJ is still in its infancy. While Ecuador is geographically close … Continue reading

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Young Guns: Ronaldo Candido – 2011 Brown Belt Mundial Champ

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Today, we feature Ronaldo Candido of Atos, who has made 2011 into his breakout year! This year Candido won four major titles in two different belt classes! First he won the Pans as a Purple belt. Then just six weeks later, Candido went on to win at the Brazilian Nationals as a fresh Brown Belt. Not wasting any time, Candido then went straight on to … Continue reading

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Pioneers of the Sport: Caio Terra

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  I usually hate starting off a thought by quoting Merriam-Webster, but in this case it is appropriate to do so… Merriam-Webster defines Pioneer as “a person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method or technical development.” Caio Terra exemplifies this notion of opening new thought. While his impact to BJJ may not … Continue reading

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Pioneers of the Sport: Royler Gracie vs. Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (1997)

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Pioneers of the Sport: Royler Gracie vs. Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (1997) In this week’s “Pioneers of the Sport” we feature two of the most dominating fighters in the Pena (Featherweight) division during the late ‘90s through the mid 2000’s… Royler Gracie (Gracie Humaita) and Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (Nova União)! Receiving his black belt early that year, Shaolin at 18 years old was a huge underdog … Continue reading

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