Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday Lunch Class

Today we warmed up with a spider guard pass:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday Lunch Class

The guys are drilling:

A triangle drill:

An Arm Drag Drill:

Monday, June 28, 2010

A Sweep

Today we had the 2010 Purple Belt PanAm champion, Pedro Torres, teach us a butterfly guard sweep:

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday Class

Today we warmed up with some movement drills, and then went into some armbar variations from butterfly guard:

Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Lunch NoGi

Professor Cobrinha led class today:

We warmed up with some pummeling:

Then we went into a choke:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Blue Belts and Wed Lunch Class

Matt and Brant earned there bluebelts:

Wed class focused on a large amount of mat drills for warm-ups:

Mount to Armbar drill:

Guard passing and recomposing drill:

Knee on belly drill:

Monday, June 21, 2010

New Blue Belt

Big congratz to Jennifer Ipek who joins the growing group of female Blue Belts. Well deserved Jen, keep it up

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tarsis News

Some news from and if you get a chance check out:

Tarsis’s turn: “I didn’t fight well, but it was my day!”

by Carlos Eduardo Ozório — June 16, 2010.

Photo: Alicia Anthony

Tarsis Humphreys was one of the standouts at the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship early this June in California. He only dropped out of the absolute in the semifinals, after losing to three-time divisional champion Roger Gracie. At weight (medium heavyweight) Tarsis had an excellent run, winning the division after beating Rômulo Barral in the gran finale.

The intriguing part of the Alliance representative’s career is the fact that, despite having achieved great results in the past, he had been trying and not succeeding in winning a world championship ever since he was a blue belt. The curse has been broken and Tarsis had a chat with

Tarsis gets back mount in absolute division. Photo: Ivan Trindade

What is your assessment of your Worlds campaign?

Sincerely, I thought I fought poorly, but I made it to the final and came out on top. It all went well; it was my day! I trained a lot for this championship and nobody wanted this title more than I did.

What’s your take on the move that led to your win over Rômulo Barral in the medium heavyweight final? Was it a submission or an injury?

I went for the kneebar, he tried to escape and spun the wrong way. The hold was in tight, causing his knee to twist. That’s when he was obliged to call it quits.

Tarsis sinks grips on Roger Gracie. Photo: Ivan Trindade

What do you think of your match with Roger in the absolute?

Not good, I didn’t manage to do anything. He really is good. He’s heavy and knows what to do at the right time. He’s doing great.

What do you think of Roger’s performance at the Worlds?

He did a great job and had an unprecedented achievement in Jiu-Jitsu: he’s the first three-time absolute world champ. I think he’s an excellent competitor, has a very effective game. In my opinion he’s the best competitor at present.

What’s your agenda look like for this year?

I want to compete a lot more. I’m in the United States and I’ll teach some seminars here. Anyone interested can get in touch with my by email at And there’s more news coming up soon

Another Blog...

Brant, one of our students here, has a blog that I have found very interesting. It is all about functional strength and conditioning. There is tons of great information. So if you get a chance check it out:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Belts and Beatings

Congratulations to Phillipe and Carl who received their Blue belts today.

As advertised - Alec walks the line

Monday, June 14, 2010

Alec's Walking

For those that haven't heard, Alec Baulding got his Brown Belt last week. As I'm sure you have noticed, whenever anyone graduates Alec is the guy at the end of the line who does a flying spinning swing to get the most velocity when whipping the person graduating. It doesen't matter if you are man, woman or child Alec goes full force. It is because of this that we would like EVERYONE to be here tomorrow night when Alec walks the line for the last time in his BJJ career.
Don't miss this opportunity to get some back

World Champions Again! (And More news)

Since we won the world championships again (the 5th time/third consecutive time) there has been a lot of news about us. Grappling weekly did a nice spread about Jacare's new degree: and they also did an interview with him, shown below:

10. - What is the recipe of success to create a world champion jiu-jitsu team?
Jacare – Hard work, dedication,love what you do, know what you are doing and ad the talented guys to do the job.

9. – Out of all of the millions of jiu-jitsu matches you have seen in your lifetime, which match sticks out and remains in your heart as the best you have seen or the most special match for you?

Jacare – Oh man now you got me, I saw so many good matches but of course i will always remember the ones when I got my guys involved. Telo x Carlson Jr, Gurgel x Arona, Gurgel x Amaury, some MMA matches in Atlanta when I moved here, etc..

8. – After creating so many champions after years and years, what drives you to keep going on?

Jacare – First I love what I do, I teach everyday, I think about jiu jitsu 26 hours a day 8 days a week, 390 days a year, this is what i do I don’t change my job for nothing in the world.

7. – Acai or Brazilian BBQ. Which was Brazil’s best contribution to North American food society?


6. – Explain why you think the GI game makes better No Gi grapplers than just people who train straight up No Gi?

Jacare – Training with the gi make your game much better, without the gi is easier to get away with many things but with the gi no way Jose.

5. – You once said a long time ago that Nino had an amazing jiu-jitsu game to watch. Which competitor, Non Alliance, do you think stands out technically in today’s sport?

Jacare – Roger Gracie, Barral,Braulio Estima, Xande and so many others jiu jistu evolved so much that you have a lot good guys.

4. – Your favourite BJJ Kimono of all time?

Jacare – Keiko of course! Gera is my good friend and hook me up all the time hahaha!

3. – At what point do you stray away from the “Gracie Basics” to teach sport oriented techniques to your students? After Blue Belt, after 6 months? Or do you start them off learning the sport right away?

Jacare – Right away in my classes we teach spot jiu-jitsu, self defense, throws and take downs, everything that can make the student understand our way of teaching this wonderful art.

2. – What’s your favorite technique to teach? What’s your least favorite technique to teach?

Jacare – I love to teach them all.

1. – If you never got involved with Jiu-jitsu, where would you be today?

Jacare – Thanks God it never happened.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Automatic External Defibrillator

Cardiac Death Prevention


Ed was nice enough to donate a device to the school. This device is for when people's heart's stop working properly. The key is if they faint/pass out and they are not breathing. The videos below explain when and how to use this device. Please watch these, it could save a life.

What is a automatic defibrillator?

When do you use this device?

How do you use it?

Rolls Gracie

Below is a video of Jacare's Master, Rolls Gracie, rolling in the 70s.

2010 IBJJF World Championships

The Alliance Blog Team (Bart and Clinton) want to congratulate the Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Team (everyone else) on winning there 5th world championship! Alliance won in 1998, 1999, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Go Alliance!

This link is a nice collection of photos from the worlds and Jacare's promotion:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Lunch NoGi

Today we had a good turn out. We focused on stand-up.

The whole class:

Colin and Patrick:

Cobrinha instructing Ed and Jordon:

Friday is ladies night at Alliance:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thursday Lunch Class

Today we worked on a sit-up guard sweep:

News on Jacare

an article from (portugese edition)

Alliance has won their fifth world championship. Gracie Barra took second and CheckMat placed third.

It was definitely an unforgettable World Championship. Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti received his 7th degree red and black belt (coral belt) from the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation. This achievement put Jacare in the spotlight; and the crowd responded with thunderous applause. Also receiving the red and black belt where Sergio Penha and Maurição Gomes, father of Roger Gracie. After more than 31 years as a black belt Jacare received his official promotion notification from the IBJJF prior to the World Championships. Tuesday evening Professor Cavalcanti received the new belt at his academy in Atlanta, Ga; in a moving ceremony. We here at Gracie Mag are sure Rolls Gracie, Jacare’s Master, would be proud. Congratulations to all, and long live Master Jacare.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Night of Celebration

Last night we received word for the IBJJF that our instructor Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti was to receive his Red and Black Belt (7th degree).
After winning the World Championships last weekend, this was truly a night of celebration.

To make the presentation, Jacare's first black belts, Fabio Gurgel and Alexandre "Gigi" Piva flew in from Brazil to honor their Master.

In a nice roll reversal Fabio awards Jacare with his new Red and Black Belt

Jacare and his new belt

A testament to his character, Jacare decides to share the spotlight and had a few promotion of his own to hand out

April Robinson receives her Brown Belt

After his phenomenal performance at he Pan and the Worlds Alec Baulding received his Brown

After years of dedication and battling a serious ailment Keven Moran reached the top of the mountain and was awarded his Black Belt

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Jordan Schultz vs Ronis Gracie - The important part ;)

Tuesday Lunch Class

Today we had the honor of Alexandre Paiva and Fabio Gurgel coming to train with us. Even thought it was only days after the world championships (which we won) we are already back training hard!

Ursula and Cobrinha:

Fabio and Jordan:

Alexandre and Gary:

The leaders of Alliance:

The teachers:

Jiujitsu royalty:

Monday, June 7, 2010

Jacare's Belt Promotion


Jacare's promotion ceremony and party will begin at 7:30 pm Tuesday, 08 June 2010 at Alliance. After the ceremony we will all be going to:

Sal Grosso Brazilian Steakhouse
1927 Powers Ferry Road Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 850-1540

We where able to get a discount, it will cost $25. I promised the guy we will have a big party since he is giving us a huge discount, so come out!. We need to be at Sal Grosso before 9pm, no later. We would love to see everyone at the ceremony and at dinner.

Monday Lunch Class

We have everyone out in California so Chris was nice enough to teach today. We started with theories on stand up grip fighting:

Followed by putting the theory into practice; as shown by Tracy and Chris grip fighting:

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Alec vs. Goliath

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Absolute Black Belt Brackets set

Chave 1
Frost Murray


Bruno Bastos

Nova União

Sebastian Munoz


Jeff Meszaros

N. Vancouver

Roger Gracie

Gracie Barra

Petrus Mello

Wild Bufallo

Oka Kouchirov

Oka Team

Diego Herzog

Gracie Florianopolis

Tarsis Humphreys


Chave 2
Marco Giudice

Barbosa JJ

Rodrigo Cavaca

Check Mat

Ben Baxter

Ribeiro JJ

Uematsu Naoya

Cross Point

Gabriel Vella

Gracie Elite

Leonel Marra


Michael Wilson

Peter De Been

Roberto Abreu

Nova União

Rafael Lovato Jr


Chave 3
Paulo Azambuja

C. Gracie Team

Alexandre de Souza

G. Floripa

Irik Akihisa


Matt Baker

Jean Jaques Machado

Alexandre Ribeiro


Chris Lovato

Paragon JJ

Flavio Meier


Nivaldo Oliveira

Check Mat

Antônio Braga Neto

Evolve Gordo

Chave 4
Leonardo Neves

C. Mat

Alexandro Ceconi

Gracie Elite

João Moncayo

Pablo Popovitch

Karel Pravec

Renzo Gracie

Rômulo Barral


Andrew Duderrai

Dark Horse

Jordan Rivas


Murilo Santana

Barbosa JJ

Bernardo Faria


Mundial Results - Purple Belt Champions

After dominating the Pan, Alliance Purple Belts don't disappoint at the Mundial.

Alec Baulding - Alliance Kids Instructor and Purple Belt Middle Weight Champion.

Jordan Schultz - The hardest working man in Alliance Atlanta tapped Ronnis Gracie to win Light Weight Gold.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Free World's Webstream:

The above URL is a free streaming webcast of the world championships.

Some News from Graciemag:

Play for the fans, General!

by Marcelo Dunlop — June 4, 2010.

You don’t question a decision made by the general, especially when the general in question is a respected winner, and a hard nut to crack at that.

But when the general is Fabio Gurgel, the leader of Alliance, his decisions influence the entire Jiu-Jitsu fan population. Pointing out the two Alliance representatives in the absolute black belt contest to start Saturday is in the hands of Gurgel and Romero Jacaré.

That’s where the choice influences fans’ lives a great deal. We cross our fingers in hopes of seeing Marcelo Garcia riding a giant’s back in the absolute.

Alliance’s selection would tend towards the heavier ones, though. Tarsis Humphreys and Bernardo Fario are the likely picks, as they are in supreme form and in competition rhythm. Gurgel and Jacaré know how to make their picks, of course.

But the fans, and this here reporter, and the thousands of spectators watching over would get a lot more excited if they were to see Marcelinho in his weight class and the absolute. And that is our request, asking forgiveness in advance and bracing for any backlash from the General (probably in the comments section below, as Gurgel is an avid reader):

Play for the fans, General. Call up Sergeant Garcia for the platoon on the frontlines. We guarantee the folks in Long Beach will not be disappointed.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thursday Lunch Class

We had a light class today, starting with Ed's "Old Man" warmups:

Next Ed showed was grip fighting into a single leg takedown:

Alliance Mundial Play by Play

For all the Alliance Mundial action as it happens go to:

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

News in preparation for the World Championships:

The team is ready to go! Alliance is looking very strong for the upcoming World Championships. Jacare has pushed the team very hard in preparation and all the hard work will pay off. Some of the jiujitsu news websites have taken notice, as shown below:


Alliance is ready for the Worlds, is the World ready for Alliance?

After a huge win in the Pan and a near win in the Brazilian National Titles Alliance leader Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti declares his team ready for the Worlds: "We've just finished our preparation for the Worlds and I can attest that our team is ready for WAR! We've never trained this hard for a competition. Our Atlanta based team will be comprised of 30 athletes. IN the alst Pan this group accounted for 9 Golds! This year, we have a balance attack for the Worlds, all our team will come strong and ready to compete. I have total confidence that we will have a great performance".

Alliance team have several bases where they draw their firepower from, Atlanta of course with leader "Jacare", Sao Paulo and Rio with the "General" Gurgel and Gigi, Europe and now New York with Marcelo Garcia and Fabio Clemente. Although they prepare in different cities, they fight a Alliance Team and their strength is amongst other things their cohesiveness and team spirit! Romero is proud of that and continues: "Fabio arrives on Wednesday with his "Tropa de elite" (Elite troops) and I know their training camp was tremendous. In New York Marcelo Garcia and Clemente along with Serginho Moraes their troops are also ready. We have affiliates all over the world, Franjinha's Paragon brings front line fighters and everyone from around the World is coming ready and prepared. The Eagle is hungry for titles, after the near miss in Brazil we are going for broke this time!"

Now the big question is: "Is the World ready for Alliance?"

Alliance Martial Arts Center is located at:

6331 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA 30328
For info check out:


“The cream of the crop will be at this year’s Worlds”

by Marcelo Dunlop — June 1, 2010.


That statement was made by Master Romero Jacaré on his way to the brackets setting session for the 2010 Worlds, to kick off this Thursday.

Driving on the highway from Los Angeles to Irvine, the master brought up the fact he was on a mountain road and the connection could break up. But didn’t miss a thing.

The best of what the headmaster of Alliance had to say can be found below.

Cobrinha’s fifth
“Cobrinha to me has a great shot at winning his fifth world championship in a row as a featherweight; an unprecedented achievement. He lost to Rafael(Mendes) just now at the Brazilian Nationals in a bout that was decided in the details, 4 to 2 on points. But I believe he’s more confident now, with Rafa’s game in his head, and he spent a month training with Alliance in Brazil. And Cobrinha has a good head on his shoulders, he doesn’t let things get to him, doesn’t feel pressured. That’s why I feel he has a great chance of winning and is a favorite.”

Absolute brown
“My money in the absolute brown belt is on Ian (McPherson) from Atlanta, for what he has been winning for quite some time now. But we have others in the mix, and some other surprises. It’s worth remembering that only brown belts who make it to the winners’ stand get in the absolute, so a lot of tough guys will fall along the way. But we have Dave Kohl, a super heavyweight under Franjinha, and Gustavo Goulart, who’s been winning everything.

Cream of the crop
To me this Worlds will have the cream of the crop in the sport, and each year the level gets even higher. In the brown belt division, for example, we may see the best matches of the tournament, like our Michel Langhi against Ary Farias (Atos). Imagine what that match would be like. And then there’s Gustavo Goulart and Lucas Rocha (Gracie Barra). It will go off.

Kayron in the black belt middleweight group
“I don’t see Kayron as a surprise when he won the Pan. Even less experienced as a black belt than Sergio Moraes, he’s been competing since he was a kid. He can’t be seen as a surprise and he has the same chances as all the rest, as does Abmar Barbosa.”

Last training session in Atlanta
“The 30th was the last day of hard training for the Worlds. We’re taking a team of 30 athletes from Atlanta, all really well trained and ready to defend our team title. Not we just need to gets things in place here in California – hotel, academy… the final details. With the arrival of Fabio (Gurgel) and Gigi (Paiva) from Brazil, as well as the teachers everywhere else in the world, we’re solid, very motivated and confident.”

World Championships Time

A recap from the 2009 tournament: