Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Alliance Seminar in Florida

Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti Seminar in Tallahassee
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the legendary 6th Degree Black Belt Jacare Cavalcanti, Head coach of the four times World Champion Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Team, and Felipe Neto, leader of the Alliance Tallahassee Team.

Date: 10/03/2009—Saturday

Time: 12:00PM—3:00PM

Alliance Jiu Jitsu of Tallahassee
2418 N. Monroe St. #150
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Contact person: (850) 422-7730 Felipe Neto zicro2002@hotmail

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Lunch Class

Today we started with the legendary Jacare Yoga warm ups:

This was followed by a half-guard sweep:

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Lunch Class

Today we started with Jacare explaining different theories on stand up grappling:

This was followed by Jacare teaching a double leg takedown:

Then we went into a quick guillotine:

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thursday Lunch Class

For warm ups today we did a series of running takedown drills:

This was followed by Jacare teaching the Brabo choke:

- Jacare is in Ed's half-guard and takes out Ed's far lapel.

- Jacare brings the lapel behind Ed's head. Grabbing the lapel with his right hand.

- Jacare moves his knee into Ed's belly.

- Jacare curves his left hand around and grabs the lapel behind Ed's head.

- Jacare then grabs the other side of the same lapel with his left hand.

- Jacare brings his weight forward to finish the technique.

A video of the technique:

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wednesday Night's Class

We had another full house Wednesday Night. With Cobrinha out of town Jacare has been running the classes and has been drilling us on the fundamentals.
Tonights technique focused on escaping the back into half guard then reversing the situation and coming on top.

Jacare starts the technique with Kevin on his back. It is important to note that Jacare is protecting his neck by controlling Kevin's choking arm and looking in towards the elbow.

To begin his escape Jacare posts on his his right foot and moves towards his left. He keeps the foot posted so Kevin can't throw him to the other side

Once on the side, Jacare steps over Kevin's left leg and works to put his shoulders on the floor. Jacare is careful to trap Kevin's leg underneath his body so Kevin can't throw him to the other side... Notice a theme?

Once Kevin realizes he is about to loose the back he tries to come on top and Mount. When Jacare feels Kevin move, he forces Kevin's leg in between his and swims his Right arm inside to trap Kevin in the half guard.

With the position secured, Jacare sets up his sweep. Jacare controls Kevin's belt with his right hand and Kevin's knee with his left. Jacare moves his hips forward getting Kevin to shift his weight back

When Jacare feels Kevin leaning back he rolls back to the otherside and comes on top.

Once on top Jacare traps Kevin's leg in between his to avoid being triangled

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday Lunch Class

Today we started with my personal favorite, yoga-ish warmups:

After the warmups Jacare showed a finish for a single leg takedown, followed by a defense for single leg takedowns.

A video of the move:

A defense:


Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday Lunch Class

Today we warmed up with self-defense techniques. We began with an untrained opponent trying to tackle you by grabbing your legs.

-Bobby is lined up to tackle Jacare

- Jacare meets Bobby's rush. Jacare places both hands on the shoulders.

- Jacare steps back with his right leg, getting ready to knee Bobby.

- Jacare drives the knee into Bobby's face.

- Jacare lands the knee flush.

A Video of the move:

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Lunch Class

Today Class started with Master Jacare's yoga warm-ups. Everyone felt great afterwords. This was followed by Cobrinha teaching the defense for a heel-hook.

- Ed goes for the heel-hook on Cobrinha. He hooks Cobrinha's right leg with his left. Ed also pushes Cobrinha's left leg with his right, this raises Cobrinha's right heel off the ground.

- After Cobrinha's right heel is up Ed hooks it with his left arm, getting the heel in the crook of the elbow.

- Ed gets the heel in the elbow of his left arm and drives his right arm across Cobrinha's lower leg. Ed then starts to rotate the leg to the right to put pressure on Cobrinha's knee. Cobrinha spins with the move and starts to push off with his free leg.

- Cobrinha continues to spin and press being aware of possible knee bars and Achilles locks.

- Almost there.

- Freedom.

A demonstration of the defense:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tuesday Lunch Class

We warmed up drilling throws.

After this Jacare taught an armbar, demonstrated here:

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday Lunch Class

Today for warm ups we did takedown drills.

Warm ups where followed by the Gi section drilling a guard pass:

- Jacare is in Eric's open guard. Jacare grabs the lapel and pulls it towards him. He also pushes down on Eric's knee driving it through his legs. Jacare has his right foot close to Eric's butt. Jacare has his right elbow blocking Eric's leg.

- Jacare drives his right knee over Eric's right leg and keeps his weight low so Eric can not get his left leg through.

- Jacare drives his right elbow into Eric's right armpit and prepares to drive his shin down Eric's left leg. Jacare grabs Eric's right arm and pulls up.

- Jacare pushes his right leg down Eric's and pulls up with his left hand. Jacare now has his leg cleared.

- Jacare walks his legs back towards Eric's and establishes side control.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday Lunch Class

Today we did a series of different takedown drills.

This was followed by a no-gi guard pass.

- Cobrinha has the beginnings of a knee through pass on Rafa. Rafa is posting

- Cobrinha swims his left arm through.

- After the army swim Cobrinha shifts his hips and drives his left hand around Rafa's head.

- As Rafa tries to reach for an underhook with his left hand Cobrinha underhooks Rafa's shoulder with his right hand hand goes under the head with his left.

- Cobrinha then drives his right leg down Rafa's half guard completing the pass.

A video of the move:

Our Guest

For the past few days we have had the honor of one of Master Jacare's original blackbelts Octavio Couto coming in to train with us. Professor Couto recieved his black belt from Master Jacare in 1996 in Rio De Janeiro at the Second Alliance Team Tournament. Professor Couto invited everyone passing through Los Angeles to train with him. He can be reached at ocoutojr@gmail.com or on Facebook.

Professor Couto admiring Master Jacare's new health.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Beginner Class Recap

Today's beginner class opened up with Otavio's drills. He focused the class on recomposing the guard.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New Guest Instructor

One of the things that I love about our school is the wealth of talent that is constantly dropping in to train with us. I honestly believe that the reason why we are head and shoulders above the other schools in Atlanta is because we are constantly bringing in high level instructors that allows us to understand Jiu-Jitsu from their perspective. We all get better when we are constantly being exposed to the latest techniques and new variations on traditional moves.
We are fortunate to have visiting us from California one of Jacare's black belts Otavio Couto. Otavio was part of the second wave of students that Jacare promoted to Black Belt, he has an incredible understanding of Jiu-Jitsu and was kind enough to share some interesting variations he has created from the double under pass.

When controlling the Dubble Unders, Otavio like to control the collar palm up. He explained to the class that this helps keep the elbow tucked in to your opponents hip making it harder for him to push up on your arm and escape

Another key point was the fact that he never releases his grip on the lapel as he passes. Traditionally we have always released this grip and pulled up on the back of your opponents pants to assist the pass, but if you keep control of the lapel it traps his hip and allows for greater control of the situation

Wednesday Lunch Class

Today we started with takedown drills:

After our warm up we split into Gi and NoGi sections. The Gi section focused on a half-guard sweep.

- The bottom man grabs Jacare's knee with his right hand and pushes with his left.

- A better view of the grips.

- The legs are moved in a sweeping pendulum motion bringing Jacare over.

A video of the move:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Apoio Terere-HELP TERERE

Fans or friends of Fernando Augosto known to all as TERERE. Terere was one of BJJs most influential competitors as well as the most entertaining.

Terere grew up in the slums of Cantagalo in Rio De Janeiro and studied Jiu-jitsu under famed professors Alexandre Paiva of the Alliance Team. Terere received his black belt in 2000 and his amazing legacy began with some of the worlds most amazing matches in BJJ history! One would only have to watch Mundials 2004 to understand that statement.

Unfortunately in 2004 Terere was incarcerated while coming home from a trip to the United States. Having no money the members of the BJJ community, comprised of his true friends and fans, grouped together to pay to get Terere a lawyer and have him released from prison.

After aproximately 3 months in prison, he was released and returned to Brazil.

Since than Terere has had so many ups and downs outside of the tatame and has made a couple attempts to return to competition, but everyone can see that he is still a shadow of his former self.

Recently Tereres family announced that they were in desperate need to help him by sending him to a private health clinic to help battle his depression and illness he now faces. Team mate and world famous Grappler MARCELO GARCIA has created a fund where people can send moneys to, which Marcelo will in turn send to Tereres family in order to help them put him in a proper clinic. Also, FIGHT PLANET will be selling t-shirts with TEREREs picture that says "VOLTA TERERE" which means "Come Back Terere". All of the profits from the t-shirts will be sent to the same fund made by Marcelo Garcia as well.

If you are a fan of TERERE, a fan of Jiu-jitsu, please help this cause. Even if you cannot afford to help out with a donation of purchase of a t-shirt, please let others know about whats happening. I will be posting all updates here for everyone to see.
Thank You

-Whoop TERERE!!!

Contact Info

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tuesday Lunch Class

Today we split into two groups Gi and NoGi. Both Groups focused on drills.

Saturday, September 5, 2009


1. There will be no classes on Monday the 7th of September

2. Don't forget about the Alliance Kids BBQ on September 10th at 11:30am in East Roswell Park. Alliance Kids Jiu-Jitsu is having there end of summer party/BBQ. There will be tons of food and fun. Everyone is invited so come out and support the Alliance Kids. There will be a potluck, the point of contact is dorispage3@gmail.com

hope to see everyone there.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Lunch Class

Today we did a series of drills for our nogi guard. Demonstrated is a way to break an opponent's grips on your ankles.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thursday Lunch Class Gi Technique

Today Jacare taught how to take the back from a turtled opponent.

- Jacare take's his opponent's back with the seatbelt grip.

- Jacare drives over his right shoulder, driving his right knee into his opponent's.

- Jacare takes the back and scoots his hips to the rear, Jacare then puts in his left hook, keeping his knees close to the body at all times.

- Jacare gets his hook in. Jacare then drives his left knee up to his opponent's head. Jacare drives his opponent to the the left side.

- After ending up on the left side Jacare opens the left lapel with his left hand. Jacare then drives his right hand around the neck. Jacare's left hand then grabs the far lapel. Jacare is now set up to finish the choke.