Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fight for your belt tournament!

Email with questions.

Good Luck!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

IBJJF Rules in English and Portuguese



  • In 50/50 guard, when attempting a sweep, the athlete takes the opponent down and unlocks his/her legs in an attempt to achieve top position but is unable to complete the sweep movement.
HAHAHA, no more stalling in 50/50 and trying to rack up advantages

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Help us renovate our new location

Please "like" Empower-Green and follow their Twitter. These are the guy's that are helping us renovate our new school. For every person that likes their site they will discount $1 on our renovation cost. 
Please follow the link and click at the bottom of the page  (Make sure you are signed into your accounts before clicking)

Alliance Holiday Schedule

We will be closing Friday and Saturday on the Christmas and New Year weekends. We will be having our regular full schedule Monday through Thursday both weeks.

Days Closed

Week 1
Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th

Week 2
Friday 30th, Saturday 31st

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What we have to look forward to in 2012 :)

Lucas Lepri Coming to ATL Permanently

Article from

Alliance HQ in Atlanta announces that World Champion Lucas Lepri will be the Instructor at their new Facility opening early 2012 in Atlanta.
Big Georgia Welcome to another Jiu Jitsu World Champ.
Lepri’s dosier is lengthy as he brings his winning ways to Georgia:
2011 World No Gi Black Belt Lightweight CHAMPION-IBJJF
2011 Pan American No Gi Black Belt Lightweight CHAMPION-IBJJF
2011 Pan American Black Belt Lightweight CHAMPION-IBJJF
2011 European Championship Black Belt Lightweight CHAMPION-IBJJF
2011 Abu Dhabi Trial Black belt 74kg CHAMPION
2010 No-Gi Worlds Black Belt Lightweight CHAMPION-IBJJF
2010 No-Gi Pan American Black Belt Middleweight CHAMPION-IBJJF
2010 World Championships Black Belt Lightweight 3rd Place-IBJJF
2010 Pan American Black Belt Lightweight CHAMPION-IBJJF
2010 Long Island Pride Black Belt Open Class CHAMPION
2010 European Championships Black Belt Lightweight CHAMPION-IBJJF
2009 No-Gi Worlds Black Belt Lightweight CHAMPION-IBJJF
2009 Pan American Black Belt Lightweight CHAMPION-IBJJF
2009 No-Gi Pan American Black Belt Lightweight CHAMPION-IBJJF
2009 Long Island Pride Black Belt Open Class CHAMPION
2009 New York Open International Black Belt Lightweight and Open Class CHAMPION-IBJJF
2009 World Pro cup ( Brazil) Black Belt Lightweight CHAMPION
2008 No-Gi Worlds Black Belt Middleweight 2nd Place-IBJJF
2008 Worlds Black Belt Lightweight 2nd Place-IBJJF
2008 Pan American Black Belt Lightweight 2nd Place-IBJJF
2008 Grapplers Quest Pro Division Lightweight CHAMPION
2008 Grapplers Quest Copa Atlantica Black Belt Lightweight CHAMPION
2008 Pan-Am Black Belt Lightweight 2nd place-IBJJF
2007 Worlds BlackBelt Lightweight CHAMPION-IBJJF
2007 Mundial in Brazil CBJJE Black Belt Lightweight and Open Class CHAMPION-
2007 Sao Paulo state Black Belt Lightweight CHAMPION
2007 DEEP X No-Gi (Japao) Superfight CHAMPION
2007 Team Brazilian Black Belt CHAMPION-IBJJF

Friday, December 2, 2011

Inside BJJ Article - Ask Cobrinha

Original Article -

Rubens Charles, also known as “Cobrinha” – Little Snake – is a 5 time World Jiu Jitsu Champion with the longuest reign in the featherweigh division’s history. This Brazilian competitor from the town of Londrina, is famed for his agressive game inside the matted arena, but he is also an acomplished instructor as he has shown teaching at Team Alliance’s HQ in Atlanta.
From BJJHeroes

Ask the Nail,
I rolled with Cobrinha at a seminar a year or two ago. When I was defending his backmount attacks, it felt like his hands were teleporting through my hands to get at my neck and finish me…over, and over again. What grip fighting strategies do you use to defend the backmount?
From JRockwell

I will address both situations. Most Jiu-Jitsu players don’t have great back attacks or back takes. I drill that position so that I can take the back even if they only turn away from me a little bit. When someone thinks they can get away, I am already on their back. Some people can take the back but they don’t know how to maintain so that for me is the key. To take the back, people can get there but to maintain is different. It is harder to do but there are a lot of drills we can do to help. One thing I will tell you is that I make the opponent send negative information to their mind. I do this by having such a good seat belt hold that they feel they are in danger. When my seatbelt is on, it’s tight. Then they panic. They try to escape but they cannot and they panic and that’s when I go to their collar.
In regards to defending, you need to trap their arm that goes under your armpit with your elbow and then the one over your shoulder, you need to grab the sleeve while you look towards that side. Then you can escape to the same side as the under arm.
Good Luck!

What is a good strategy against bigger/stronger opponents? Can you provide  some examples of sequences of techniques you use to carry out the strategies?
From ChiTownBJJ

One thing about training with bigger opponents is you have to be flexible. With larger, stronger guys I play open guard. Spider guard is a great option to maintain the space so you don’t get smashed. Place your feet on the biceps and hold the collar. Try to get omaplatas or sweep. If I can submit, then great. If I can’t, I just sweep and try to maintain the top position. You just have to play smart. The big guys don’t usually choose to put their back on the floor with smaller guys. But if you are smaller, taking them down could be hard or dangerous so play smart and play guard. Just make sure you have a good guard.

BJJ Advice,
When is it a good time to use the 50/50 guard? What are some good strategies to use it effectively?
From SleepBomb,

I used to use the 50/50 a long time ago to sweep and get in a better position but some people now are taking advantage of this position to stall the game. 50/50 for me now is like a virus. What do we do with a virus? We kill it. That’s what we should do with the 50/50. If we love jiu jitsu, that would be the best plan. If it was taught with a purpose other than to manipulate the competition game, it would be good to use. But because competitors today are using it the wrong way, it is no longer a part of my game.
Keep  Training,

Inside BJJ,
What was his [Cobrinha's] gameplan going into the Jeff Glover fight this year in ADCC? He shut him down and I want to know what he was thinking?
From Stubbsy

My goal when I step on the mat is to finish. It doesnt matter who I’m going to face. With Jeff Glover it was no different. When i was fighting him, I was just trying to get into a better position to finish the fight. I dont like to have a gameplan with anyone because if I plan something and the gameplan doesnt work, I’ll be in trouble, causing me to send the negative information to my mind. I try to have a complete game and take what my opponent gives to me instead.
Thank You,

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Testimonial From Out of Town Guest


I just wanted to drop a quick line before I fly out, back home to Toronto, to thank you for the training last night.  The atmosphere alone makes me want to extend my visit for another week just to train.  But on top of that I was able to learn from Master Cavalcanti which was an incredible and humbling experience.  Everyone on the mat was exceptionally nice and welcoming, and each roll was challenging in itself.

Thank you again, and see you on the mat’s soon!

Kyle Pindar

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Schedule

We will be closing the Gym Thursday and Friday in celebration of the thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen for the 12pm class on Saturday.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Lucas Lepri Seminar

Preregister online, or by calling the gym before November 30th to save $20!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Alliance Rio

Lucas Lepri Seminar Dec 4th

Lucas Lepri will be doing a Seminar at Alliance Atlanta Main Gym on Dec 4th. Lucas Lepri is a World Champion Black Belt. Lucas is known for being incredibly Technical and an Amazing teacher. The seminar is $50, preregister today and reserve your spot. This seminar will fill up quick!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Alliance School in Naples Flordia!

Today we welcome Giancarlo Russo Battistini into the Alliance Jiu Jitsu Association. Alliance BJJ of Naples became realized as a result of Giancarlo's passion for the teachings of jiu-jitsu. Gian has a vast background in many martial arts such as tae kwon do, judo and Brazilian capoeira. Throughout his journey it became very clear that jiu-jitsu was his calling. Gian had a dream to make it possible for others to learn the great techniques and philosophy of jiu-jitsu. The Alliance BJJ Naples mission is to share with it's students the jiu-jitsu teachings, techniques and lifestyle.

If you are in the area please visit the school:

Alliance Jiu Jitsu of Naples

Giancarlo Russo Battistini

1269 Airport Pulling Road

Naples, FL 34104

(239) 404-0398

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Alliance ATL Girls Dominating GQ

Congrats to Shereen Fons and Sera Kim for closing out their weight class and finishing 1st and 3rd respectively in the open division.

World Champions once more!

Congrats to Alliance Black Belts Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles and Lucas Lepri for once again winning the No GI Worlds 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Painting Gift for Jacare

Bobby VanHuynh's girlfriend painted this amazing piece of art for Professor Jacare's birthday. Thank You Ivy!!

Alliance Indonesia Video of Training in Atlanta

Sunday, October 30, 2011

South Carolina BJJ Open Results

Jordon Wallace won the advanced, open-weight division taking the cash prize with two submissions. Want to learn some cool moves? Take a personal training session with Alliance Atlanta's most active competitor email him now at

Congrats to Austin Broach for placing First in Men's feather weight blue belt gi division. He also competed in the open division where he had a hard fought match with a 200lb purple belt.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Alliance Apparel

With the winter weather rolling in, we are stocking hooded sweat shirts at our store.

Jacare requires all Alliance Jiu-Jitsu students to wear our patch on the back of their GI. We now have embroidered patches in red, blue as well as black

If you'd like to purchase any items please see our managers or visit our online store

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A week with Fabio Gurgel

 We have been truly blessed to have had a week of training with the The General Fabio Gurgel. We have all benefited from having two masters on the mat watching over our training. 

Fabio has been available to us, sharing his expertise and giving us a new incite to our training, teaching and Jiu-Jitsu as a whole.

Thank you for your time, we hope to have you back soon!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ian McPherson

Friday, October 21, 2011

Schedule for Saturday October 22nd

We look forward to seeing everyone. Please spread the word.

Schedule for Saturday October 22nd:
11:00am to 12:00pm - Fundamentals class and Belt testing
12:00pm to 1:30pm - Regular Class
2:00pm to 2:45pm - Black Belt Graduation
3:00pm to 6:00pm - Instructors course Phase II

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Phase II With Fabio Gurgel

Alliance Atlanta is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the General Fabio Gurgel who will be in town teaching the second Phase of our Instructors Course.

Jacare's first black belt and co-founder of our team Fabio is a 4x World Champion and still actively competes. As a present to himself on his 40th birthday Fabio entered the European Championship's Adult division, and won!

Fabio will be with us from the 21st- 27th teaching and training. There are still a few spots available for the course so if you'd like to attend and have completed Phase I please contact the school (404) 843 - 0606

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Phase I course complete!

Congratulations to all the attendees!

Jacare Talks about NAGA, IBJJF, Alliance Online

Friday, October 7, 2011

New Belts in Croatia

Dear Professor
Training with Fabio was great, he is a great men and a coach and i hope it was nice to him as well it was to us.He gave the belts to Ilija and me and we are very happy and proud because of that.Now that i am your black belt i will try further to justify your trust and make our team even better.
Please when you find some time send us the certificates.I hope you are good and will be able to travel soon so you can visit us.
Thank you for everything you did for me

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Phase 1 This Weekend

With Phase 1 starting on Saturday we still have 3 spots available. For last minute registration please call the school at 404-843-0606