Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Night Class

We had another great turn our for Chris's Friday night class. As usual we started the class with some stretches to warm up then moved straight to the ground.

Chris demonstrates some attacks form the Mount



*Reminder: Next weeks Friday night class will be both GI and No-GI. Chris will continue to teach his regular class and Jacare will be coming in to give some extra tournament training for those competing in Mundial

Friday Lunch NoGi

Darren and Matt:










Mr. Bart and Phillipe:










Tracy and Jeff:










Julia and Mikki:










Ulli and Marc:










PS Dave and Pedro:












Affiliates remember we have a belt promotion party for Jacare at 7:30pm on Tuesday June 8th. We also have the Alliance Team Tournament on 22 May with the registration closing on 19 May. Finally we have the mudials camp from Monday to Sunday the week before the competition. So there are lots of important events on the horizon, and we would love to see everyone here!


Mundials Hotel Info:


Holiday Inn Long Beach

- $89 per night, includes 2 breakfasts per room and parking.

- Free airport shuttle, that will take you anywhere in a 5mile radius.

- Call 562-597-4401 and tell them you are on the "Alliance Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu" contract.

- Our sales contact is Janey.

- They have 10 rooms a night blocked out for us. You must register by May 17th.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

BJJ = Human Chess

Cool vid, thought I'd share
Enjoy:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Jacare gets a Tattoo


AWESOMENESS!!!

Mundials Hotel

Affiliates remember we have a belt promotion party for Jacare at 7:30pm on Tuesday June 8th. We also have the Alliance Team Tournament on 22 May with the registration closing on 19 May. Finally we have the mudials camp from Monday to Sunday the week before the competition. So there are lots of important events on the horizon, and we would love to see everyone here!


Hotel Info:


Holiday Inn Long Beach

- $89 per night, includes 2 breakfasts per room and parking.

- Free airport shuttle, that will take you anywhere in a 5mile radius.

- Call 562-597-4401 and tell them you are on the "Alliance Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu" contract.

- Our sales contact is Janey.

- They have 10 rooms a night blocked out for us. You must register by May 17th.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday Lunch Class

Affiliates remember we have a belt promotion party for Jacare at 7:30pm on Tuesday June 8th. We also have the Alliance Team Tournament on 22 May with the registration closing on 19 May. Finally we have the mudials camp from Monday to Sunday the week before the competition. So there are lots of important events on the horizon, and we would love to see everyone here!













Then we had a visitor with an interesting tattoo:



Next we went into a sidemount to full mount transition:

Monday, April 26, 2010

Arena1 interviews Fabio Gurgel: "I would really like to be able to help Tererê"

Thanks to Julia Forrester for the translation!

Four time world champion and leader of the Alliance team, Fabio Gurgel, who is a black belt under Romero Jacaré, is working hard for Alliance to win the much sought after "Grand Slam" of Jiu-Jitsu, with victories at the European, Pan, Brazilian and World Championships. In an interview conducted by ARENA1, the General discusses the successes of the team so far in 2010, the possible return of Fernando Tererê, and much more.

What did Romero Jacaré teach you as you were growing up, becoming a man?


Jacaré has always been an important role model for me. It's hard to isolate one thing in particular from the many that he has taught me throughout my life. He showed me a path in Jiu-Jitsu on which, in one way or another, I learned everything I know in life.

In 1990, you founded the Alliance school, and though you always wanted the best for your team, you passed through some difficult times, becoming acquainted with both sides of the coin. In light of this, do you think those learning experiences were critical to making Alliance what it is today, a reference point for all other Jiu-Jitsu teams in the world?

I don't know if Alliance is a reference point for all the other schools in the world -- If it is, I'm flattered -- but I think we always do serious work with a lot of love for our art. Our team is not only concerned with competition results and the care of our students and athletes, but also deeply committed to the development of the sport. Going through difficult times teaches you a lot, of course - primarily not to continue making the same mistakes - but apart from that we always work toward the truth, which in the end will always win.

How do you see Alliance now, after the split?

I see stronger and more unified team, but that doesn't guarantee anything, so we keep working to improve every day and we still have much evolution ahead of us.

Will we see Tererê reintegrated into Alliance?

Tererê is a very difficult and complicated subject. I hope that we can help him, but this doesn't have much to do with Alliance itself. The whole Jiu-Jitsu community is doing its part to help a hero of our sport. In my case, I have a special soft spot for him after all the years that we lived and fought together, and I would really like to be able to help him, but it's a process that requires time. If all goes well, it will be a huge victory for everyone, and especially for Jiu-Jitsu.


Would you, like Rickson, like to have a final fight in MMA?

No, I think my involvement in MMA had a time and purpose. I don't see myself fighting again.


Alliance today is considered one of the best teams in the world, which must mean a considerable increase in the number of athletes looking to join the team. How do you respond to this demand? Is Alliance a closed group?

Alliance is in no way a closed group. We remain an open school that tries to bring Jiu-Jitsu to everyone in the best way possible. Of course, already developed, professional athletes need to come and speak with us first. The spirit and unity of the team must be preserved, and sometimes when the character of the athlete doesn't fit he or she is not accepted. But this is the exception rather than the rule.

Of the Jiu-Jitsu fighters of your generation, you're the only one who continues to compete at the highest level, including the adult division. Comparing the old days of the championships to today's, what changes do you see in Jiu-Jitsu competition?

The biggest difference is in the pace of competition. Before, we had fewer competitors and the tournaments went more slowly. The rest periods between matches were quite long, but today everything has sped up. This means the level of physical preparation required is much greater, but those who train hard have no problem accompanying this evolution.

What do you expect from the rest of the 2010 season? You all have already conquered the European and the Pan, and to sweep the CBJJF calendar of competitions the Brazilian and World championships still remain. Is the team ready for this unprecedented feat?

Our plan as sketched out last year is to win what we call the "Grand Slam" of Jiu-Jitsu: the European, the Pan, the Brazilian and the World championships. We're already halfway there, but there is still much to be done, and we know it won't be easy. Our headquarters here, as in Atlanta, is firing on all cylinders to complete our objective. We will arrive as strong as is possible, and we will be in the fight - that's for sure. As for the results, that will depend on a number of factors. We'll see.

Jacare's Belt Promotion

Professor Jacare’s Belt Promotion Party


Date: Tuesday June 8th, 7:30pm (no class that night)

Where: Alliance Atlanta 6331 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, Ga 30328, followed by a caravan to Nori Nori for dinner, 200 yards North on Roswell Rd.

Jacare Podcast

#207: Alliance Wins Pans, Rafael Lovato Jr., Budo Jake

April 18, 2010

Alliance Brazilian jiu-jitsu Bruno Malfacine








Alliance’s Bruno Malfacine defeats Brasa’s Felipe Costa for the gold medal in the rooster weight division of the 2010 Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship.


The 2010 Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship is now in the books, and Alliance continues its winning streak. According to Alliance founder Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti, Alliance came in first place with 146 points, followed by Gracie Barra’s 44 points, and Gracie Humaita’s 21 points. Today on our show we will begin our conversation with Alliance founder “Jacare”, who proudly shares that the competitors just from his own school in Atlanta scored 55 points. We discuss the improving female competition team from Alliance with competitors like Luanna Alzuguir and Gabi Garcia, new stars like heavyweight and absolute champion Bernardo Faria, as well as the internal work Alliance does to keep its standards high.



http://www.thefightworkspodcast.com/podcasts/fightworkspodcastepisode207.mp3



Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday's Class

With Jacare and Cobrinha away teaching seminars, today's class was taught by Adam.
After the warm up we worked a few takedowns and the submissions from side control. Adam has a great wrestling base and is very explosives, he gave us a few attacking options depending on what your opponent does

3 Takedowns



3 Attacks from the Side

Alliance In- House Tournament



Jacare would like to formally invite all of our Association members to compete in the Alliance In-House Tournament. The tournament will be held at Tekniques BJJ & Fitness (Alliance Powder Springs) in Powder Springs, GA. This tournament will be exclusively for the Alliance team. Members of all skill levels are welcome; we will have multiple divisions and medals.

Price: $30 ($15 if you sign up for the entire Alliance Mundial’s Camp)

Date: 22 May (Saturday), Registration closes 19 May (Wednesday)

Times: Will be posted at allianceatlanta.blogspot.com 21 May (Friday)

Where: Tekniques Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Fitness (Alliance Powder Springs)

3405 Florence Circle

Powder Springs, GA 30127

Friday, April 23, 2010

An Interview with Jacare

An interview with Jacare from Tatame magazine, translation is forthcoming:


Aos 57 anos de idade, sendo mais de 45 dedicados à arte suave, Romero Jacaré passou por mais uma emoção nesta semana. Líder da Alliance nos Estados Unidos, Jacaré recebeu o sétimo grau da faixa-preta. “Querem me deixar velho (risos)”, brincou Romero, em conversa com a TATAME. Num bate-papo exclusivo, Jacaré falou sobre o crescimento da arte suave desde seu primeiro contato com o Jiu-Jitsu e mostrou confiança para o próximo Mundial da CBJJ. “Tudo indica que a gente vai ganhar de novo... Se eles bobearem, vamos meter uns cem pontos de vantagem”, afirmou o mestre, dedicando a conquista ao pai, Hermano Cavalcanti, que faleceu há um mês. “Ele foi o meu grande ídolo”, se emociona.

Qual foi a emoção de receber o sétimo grau na faixa-preta?

Para mim não muda nada... Eu fico lisonjeado. Aqui nos Estados Unidos só tem o Francisco Mansor, que é nono grau pelas regras da Federação, que eu respeito muito, e tem o Carlinhos (Gracie) e o Sérgio Penha. Ser igualado a esses dois mestres é uma grande honra para mim.

Como você vê as mudanças e o crescimento do Jiu-Jitsu desde quando você começou a praticar?

Eu vejo como um esporte que evoluiu muito desde a época quando eu comecei. Eu lutava no Melo Tênis Clube, no Montanha, nem cheguei a lutar no Tijuca, e os campeonatos eram muito pequenos, e hoje em dia existe uma explosão. O último campeonato Pan-Americano na Califórnia tinham três mil atletas em um ginásio espetacular, e com um público bastante razoável. Vejo como uma coisa que evoluiu e ainda tem muito a evoluir.

Como você vê o futuro da arte suave?

Eu prevejo um futuro brilhante, com um Jiu-Jitsu mais profissional, como já está acontecendo em Abu Dhabi. Há uma evolução grande, mas ainda há muito o que evoluir. Os Mundiais e Pan-Americanos ainda vão crescer muito mais, a organização está ótima. Espero que continuem premiando para que os atletas fiquem só no Jiu-Jitsu e desistam de fazer Vale-Tudo para pagar as contas.

Como você vê os resultados da Alliance atualmente?

A Alliance está em um momento muito bom. Depois de alguns anos a gente se reestruturou, o Fábio (Gurgel) está fazendo um trabalho fora de série no Brasil e eu estou fazendo um trabalho muito bom aqui nos Estados Unidos. Eu trouxe o (Rubens) Cobrinha para cá para me ajudar e temos uma equipe muito forte. No último Pan-Americano nós fizemos, só com os atletas de Atlanta, 55 pontos, sem contar o Cobrinha. Contando ele, seriam 64... Isso é mais do que toda Barra Gracie que, com toda a organização deles, fizeram 44 pontos, e a Gracie Humaitá 21. A Alliance fez 146 pontos no total. Estamos em um momento muito bom, estamos trabalhando muito para isso. Agora mesmo nesse final de semana eu vou dar um seminário em uma associação nova que eu fundei aqui. Estamos nos reestruturando. O Fábio acabou de dar um curso de professores no Brasil, vamos filmar o segundo módulo do DVD para o curso de professores quando ele vier aqui para o Mundial... O trabalho não para.

Qual o segredo da Alliance?

O segredo da Alliance é trabalho, na nossa equipe não existem estrelas. Estamos sempre pensando em ajudar o próximo.

A expectativa para o Mundial deste ano é abocanhar o título por equipes mais uma vez?

A expectativa é a melhor possível, os dois camps principais, de São Paulo e Atlanta, já estão treinando a todo vapor. O Fábio vai levar trinta do Brasil para a Califórnia e eu já tenho aqui uns trinta atletas em ponto de bala. Tudo indica que a gente vai ganhar de novo... Se eles bobearem, vamos meter uns cem pontos de vantagem.











From Kid Peligro at Adcombat.com:

Alliance Leader Romero "Jacare" gets his 7th Degree

Big congrats is in order for Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti for receiving his 7th degree from the IBJJF. Romero's lifetime dedication to the art and his students is recognized by his friends and peers. His right hand man Fabio Gurgel, the Alliance General stated: "
Congratulations master for all the years of dedication to the art of teaching. No one deserves it more. "

As a personal, long time friend I want to extend my congratulations to "Jacare" for all he has done for BJJ!



Wednesday, April 21, 2010

7th Degree for Jacare

Congratulations to Master Jacare for earning his 7th degree on his black belt! We are all lucky to train with him!

http://gma.graciemag.com/2010/04/jacare-turns-seven-at-58/

Jacare turns seven at 57

First school

Today is one of those days.

A day to honor one of Jiu-Jitsu’s masters.

Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti has received from the IBJJF the seventh degree in his black belt.

Born in 1952, the leader of World, European and Pan-American champion team Alliance must be proud of his life’s work.

A disciple of the legendary Rolls Gracie, Jacare began training when he was 16, in Rio de Janeiro.

In his class at the Gracie school were Carlos Gracie Jr, Crolin Gracie, Fabio Santos, Mauricio Gomes, the Machados, Rickson Gracie, to name a few.

Rolling with Gurgel

His first own school was Master and later he founded Alliance, with some of his black belts, such as Fabio Gurgel.

In the USA since 1995, Jacare lives in Atlanta since 1996, where he runs one of the most successfull BJJ schools in the country.

In 2009, Jacare had a scare with a heart problem that put him out of battle for sometime.

Fully recovered, Romero is again on full throttle to make Jiu-Jitsu and his team the best they can be.

For all that and for the example he is to everyone that knows him, we wish Jacare a huge congratulations for this achievevement.

For more info on Jacare, go to alliancebjj.com.

Wednesday Lunch Class

Today we did a Judo warmup:






















Followed by a way to break down a turtled opponent:

Mundials Is Coming!

Alliance Mundial Camp info:


Alliance Mundial Championships Training Camp

In an effort to retain our World Title we are once again hosting a Camp in preparation for the World Championships to be held in Long Beach CA, USA. The Camp will be held at the Sandy Springs location from Monday May 24th- Sunday May 30th.

Alliance’s Head Coach Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti will be overseeing his top students teaching multiple classes a day for an entire week. Professor Jacare will be assisted by the current 4x World and 4x Pan-Am Champion Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles. Also in attendance will be the Instructors and Students from all of our affiliations in the US, Canada, Brazil and Europe. The camp will be open to all students regardless of affiliation.

Our goal is to field the strongest team possible so we request that all of our Association Instructors send us a list of all their students that wish to compete as soon as possible

  • When: May 24th- 30th
  • Where: 6331 Roswell rd Atlanta GA 30328
  • Price: $300 For the Week ($200 for Alliance members) or $40 per session
  • More Info: Clinton at 404-843-0606 or clinton@alliancebjj.com
  • Website : www.alliancebjj.com

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday Evening Class

After a quiet week of recovery our class sizes are back to where they should be :)


After some throws and conditioning we worked some passing drills and then moved right into situational training

Diego!

Monday, April 19, 2010