Monday, November 30, 2009

New Gracie Mag Article

Here is the latest article from Gracie Mag:

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Alliance moves up in capoeira

by Marcelo Dunlop — November 29, 2009.

Athletes from Team Alliance will participate in the capoeira “baptism” to be held this Sunday, November 29, in Sao Paulo. Professor Ricardo Mesquita and Joseph Augusto “Gugu”, also Jiu-Jitsu athletes, will promote an integration event at the SESC Pompeia building starting at noon, under the supervision of Master Paulao.

One confirmed to be there is general Fabio Gurgel, who has been overseeing the work done by his brown belt Mesquita and world champions Luanna Alzuguir and Gabrielle Garcia – who practice capoeira in parallel with Jiu-Jitsu and will see their first promotion.

“I started practicing capoeira at the beginning of the year to help in my conditioning, and my teacher Mesquita, for being a Jiu-Jitsu player as well, knew how to direct our training and did an excellent job. I ended up getting involved and kept up my training, now I’m going to have my first promotion!” remarks Alzuguir.

Other fighters on the team and also capoeira practitioners, like Michael Langhi and Sergio Moraes, will also be present at the event, as will Bruno Malfacine, Leonardo Nogueira and Antonio Peinado.

Gurgel with Tiago Rocha

Team Alliance made the most of the end of the year not just with festivities, but to promote the students. In Uberlandia, Minas Gerais native Tiago Rocha received his black belt from Gurgel, in a seminar held by the general and Elan Santiago.

In Boise, Idaho, in the United States, it was Alexandre Gigi’s turn to promote his 60th black belt, Mitch Coats – the Master’s first American black belt.

Now in South Carolina, Romero Jacare closed out his annual seminar inaugurating Alliance Greenville, with professors Rafael Rosendo and Billy Fletcher – his latest black belt.

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