Monday, January 31, 2011

Alliance Wins Europeans!!

Here is a good article about our performance on

The European Open is now in the books and the powerhouse Alliance Team started the year where it finished 2010 with a win. Sergio Moraes won the Absolute and came in second to Braulio Estima in his medium-heavy weight category. Atos team closed out the Feather, while Aryzinho won his first major in the Super-feather in a huge upset over Bruno Malfacine. Alliance Double Lucas Lepri and Michel Langhi closed out the light weight while Claudio Calsans won the middle. Bernardo Rocha took the Heavy while Lucio Lagarto took the Super heavy. Brasa Teammates Rodrigo "Comprido" and Igor Silva closed out the Ultra heavy.

Ladies Results had Alliance double Gabi Garcia and Luanna Alzuguir once again close out the Absolute and won their respective categories. Oceane Talvard took the light feather, while Marina Medeiros won a tought category that included both Kyra Gracie & Leticia Ribeiro. Ida Hanson won the middle weight.

Photo courtesy Fabio Gurgel: Photo courtesy Fabio GurgelPhoto courtesy Fabio Gurgel

Complete results at
Academy results:
1- Alliance
2- Lloyd Irvin
3- Checkmat BJJ

1- Checkmat BJJ
2- Alliance
3- Brasa
Master and Seniors:
1- Checkmat BJJ
2- BJJ Revolution Team
3- Gracie Barra
1- Icon JJ Team
2- Checkmat BJJ
3- Nova União
1- Ilan Turjeman Academy
2- Rio Grappling Club
3- Brasa
Black Belt Male Adult
FIRST ary de melo farias Atos
SECOND bruno da silva falfacine Alliance
THIRD leando martins da silva Check Mat Bjj
THIRD ikuta makoto TRUST JJ
FIRST michael alexandre langhi Alliance
SECOND lucas lepri Alliance
THIRD jonathan torres Lloyd Irvin M.A Academy
THIRD toru nakayama Tri-Force
FIRST braulio de oliveira estima Gracie Barra
SECOND sergio ricardo de moraes Alliance
THIRD rodrigo fajardo Gracie Barra Europe
THIRD kleber de oliveira paulino Gracie Barra
FIRST bernardo augusto rocha de Alliance
SECOND leonardo pires nogueira Alliance
THIRD helvecio augusto penna neto De La Riva
THIRD igor araujo ferreira de castro Gracie Barra
FIRST sergio ricardo de moraes Alliance
SECOND claudio calasans Atos
THIRD bernardo faria Alliance
THIRD rodrigo cavaca Check Mat Bjj

FIRST Luana Alzuguir Alliance
SECOND Michelle Zonato Nicolini Check Mat Bjj
THIRD Beatriz de Oliveira Mesquita Gracie Humaita
THIRD Shanti A.D. Abelha Check Mat Bjj
FIRST Ida Josefin Hansson Check Mat Bjj
SECOND Priscilla Prandini Juni Check Mat Bjj
THIRD Rosalind Ferreira Gavião
THIRD Christina Jentsch Alliance
FIRST Gabrielle Lemos Garcia Alliance
FIRST Gabrielle Lemos Garcia Alliance
SECOND Luana Alzuguir Alliance
THIRD Beatriz de Oliveira Mesquita Gracie Humaita
THIRD Michelle Zonato Nicolini Check Mat Bjj

Now go train Jiu-Jitsu,

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Brown Belt European Results

So far we have two medals at the brown belt Jordon Schultz silver and

Diego Salomao Gold. Great work guys!!


1 – Roberto Souza – Bull terrier

2 – Jordon Schultz – Alliance

3 – Rafael Domingos – Brasa

3 – Wim Deputter – Brasa Europe


1 – Diego Salomao – Alliance

2 – Andre Campos – GB

3 – Paulo Victor Veloso – Luiz Paulo JJ

3 – Grzegorz Szatkows – Macaco Gold Team

Alliance is in the lead with 55 points!!!!

Team Lloyd Irvin is in second with 52 point.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Results from the European Open

Alliance is ahead of second place by 20 points at the end if day two!! So proud of all our teammates over there
Special shout out to Pedro Torres of Alliance Atlanta who works so hard and gets the results he deserves -featherweight European Champion!!!

Partial Results
Academy results:

1- Alliance - 40pts
2- Lloyd Irvin - 20pts
3- Cia Paulista - 18pts


SECONDAlexandre Marty NetoAlliance


THIRDLucas FigueiredoAlliance


SECONDHannu KarjalainenAlliance


THIRDMarco KnoebelAlliance



FIRSTPedro TorresAlliance

FIRSTVictor GenovesiAlliance


FIRSTJanne AutioAlliance


THIRDKarim Ait KhalifaAlliance


SECONDThiago XimenesAlliance

Monday, January 24, 2011

Kid Peligro Jiu-Jitsu News . . . Rubens Charles "Cobrinha" Interview

Rubens Charles Maciel "Cobrinha" 2009 Worlds all Photos (c) Kid Peligro

Many years ago during one of his visits then World Champion and Co-leader of "TT" academy Fernando "Terere" told me: "Kid, I have a new student that is going to be the next big thing! He is going to be a World Champion, his name is "Cobrinha". I was later that year introduced to "Cobrinha" in Rio during the Worlds. Well "Terere's" prediction turned out to be true, 4 times true as "Cobrinha" dominated the division and won the World title that many times along with several Pan and other titles.

"Cobrinha" had great fortune to train and learn from "Terere", then Fabio Gurgel and Alliance leader Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti. After spending 3 years int eh main Alliance Academy in Atlanta, "Cobrinha" is seeking new heights as he moved to L.A., California to open hi own academy. We caught up with Rubens Charles shortly after his arrival in LA..

KP- You were in Georgia with Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti for the last 3 years, what motivated you to move to California?

RC - As you stated, I was in Atlanta, Georgia with Romero Jacare for 3 years. I am very grateful to him for all he taught me in that time with him. In these 3 years i not only learned a lot of Jiu-Jitsu but also learned a lot about business. What motivated me to move was my lifetime desire to some day have my own academy. When the time was right I talked to "Jacare" and he was the first person to give me the encouragement to move forward and open my own place. He also knew that my academy in California would only strengthen the team even more.
KP- What do you believe was the best thing you learn from Jacare over these years?
RC- I learned so much in the time I shared and lived around him, as I said he not only taught me Jiu-Jitsu but he also shared a lot of his life's experiences with me and taught me how to deal with a lot of different aspects of life. Additionally he has a great teaching methodology so that the students can always be happy at the Academy.
KP- You couldn't have had better string of teachers, "Jacare" was the last one but before him Fabio Gurgel was your teacher after Fernando "Terere"
RC- I can tell you that I am a very lucky person, my first instructor was Mauro Pacifico in Sao Carlos, SP. I was with him until Brown belt. Then after competing in a tournament in Sao Paulo I received an invitation from "Terere" to stop by "TT" Academy which was in the Capitol Sao Paulo. I spoke with my master Mauro Pacifico and asked him his opinion. He was the first to encourage me to go there and to this day I remember his words: "You should go, if for some reason it doesn't work out we will be here to take you back with open arms". With that vote I went to train in Sao Paulo with Terere. "Terere" was a person that refined my game and my techniques but as you know there is always some room for improvement and to learn in any one's game we should never believe that our game is complete and we don't have to learn any more. 
After "Terere" I had the pleasure to learn from Fabio Gurgel. He was a person that every day, in practice he surprised me with his abilities, knowledge and above all his humility and open mindedness to learn new things. It is for those reasons that he is constantly evolving. With Fabio I learned that to be a good fighter you need more than just to have good attacks, he showed me that you need to have a good defense as well. Then after that I had the honor to train with Master "Jacare" the "master of the Wizards" (laughs). I learned so much from him and his life's experiences. It is rare to have a person with as many qualities and attributes as he does.

KP- And now you are in L.A., Southern California!
RC- I've been here a couple of weeks now. The Academy is located at 4929 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90036. My plan is to be ready for opening in early February and to have my first "Camp" in March. As soon as I have firm dates I will announce it in your column at and my facebook page. I want everyone to be on the lookout for the opportunity to come by and visit me and have a cup of coffee and chat and train.
KP- With all that is going on are you planning on competing int he Worlds this year?
RC- It is very unlikely that I will be able to compete in the Worlds this year, I have to take care and dedicate myself to my new Academy at the moment, but I am not ready to hang up my Gi just yet so you can expect "Cobrinha" to be compete in another Worlds or maybe even two (laughs) .
KP- And what about ADCC?
RC- ADCC is a different story, and I am planning to compete in it. You can count of having a "Cobrinha" well prepared and ready to fight for the ADCC title.
KP- And how do people contact you to come to the academy and for seminars?
RC- They can go to my website at or to my facebook page or email me at

Cobrinha banner: Cobrinha banner
KP- Anything else you want to add?
RC- I want to take this opportunity to thank Keiko Raça for always believing and supporting me. I want to thank you Kid and for this opportunity and the interview.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

New Blue Belt!

Raymond Dean. Congrats! Raymond travels all the way from Macon GA to train 3x a week. He also works on an oil rig in Brazil where he can't train but he studies jiu jitsu constantly.

Class Change: No more NoGi till the Pan Championships

Today, our Professor announced that Friday's nogi classes (noon and 6:30pm) will be Gi until the Pan Championship.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hotel for the Pan

We have been working hard on and off the mat to ensure our guys have a great tournament. I have been negotiating with the Hilton Hotel in Irvine CA to get us all discounts on rooms.

We have blocked booked rooms with 2 Double/Queen beds for $109 a night. This includes a full buffet breakfast (2) every morning and overnight parking.
*You will be allowed up to 4 people staying in the rooms but will still only receive 2 free breakfast and one parking spot  

For more info on the hotel follow the link

To make reservations please contact Reychel Arias and make sure you mention Alliance
Phone: 949.812.3722

Group Information
Group Name:
Alliance Martial Arts Center
Group Code:
Hotel Name:
Hotel Address:
18800 MacArthur Blvd.

Irvine, California

Zipcode - 92612

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Back to Training!!

After a long week of snow and ice Alliance is back in full swing. With 53 people in class everybody is making up for time lost earlier this week. Pan Ams is right around the corner, and everyone is training hard.

In addition, Gertjan Vergauwen left to go home to Belgium. Gert, also known as "Scooby" had been training with us for the past 2 months taking part in the Alliance exchange program. He will be competing in the Europeans, we all wish him the best of luck and hope to see him back in Atlanta soon.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Saturday Class

Due to weather changes the fundamentals class and regular class will be combined and start at Noon on Saturday. All levels are welcome. Beginning next week we will return to our normal schedule. Hope to see you all tomorrow.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Website!

Our staff has been developing a new website for months. Its finally done. If you see any bugs email us at

New features:
-Free DVD download
-Alliance USA School database
-Online Store
-Awesome picture of Romero "Jacare"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

We Are Open!!!

Despite the hazardous roads we still had a good turnout for tonight's class.
For this week only we will tentatively schedule the next few days of classes. For Thursday and Friday we will be having 2 GI classes, one at 12pm and the other at 6:30pm. We decided to make Friday's classes GI this week for those getting ready to compete in the up coming GI tournaments and didn't have a chance to train in the beginning of the week. 

As I said in the beginning of the post, this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change depending on the weather. We ask everyone to exercise caution and common sense if they choose to drive 

Wednesday Class Schedule

Open  today (1/12). For 12pm and 6:30pm classes. Both classes will be for everyone and will be taught by Jacare and there will be sparing at the end. The class will be ending early in the hopes that the roads will not be icy, but please be careful out there.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Open Mat tonight 6:30pm

Open Mat tonight at 6:30 pm. Come and roll and/or practice technique. There will be no formal instruction so bring technique to work on.

Please drive cautiously and defensively.

There are 2 lanes open on I285 E/W. Red indicates speeds less than 10mph.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Weather Update

Weather Update: Alliance will be closed Tuesday morning for the 7:00 am and Noon classes. We will try to open for the 6:30 and 7:30 pm classes, but this may not be possible. Major freeways are closed down.

ATL Snow Day!

All classes will be canceled Monday the 11th and Tuesday the 12th due to the snow and ice. We recommend everyone stay off the roads and enjoy the extra days off.

Keep watching this spot for more info

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Pan Training

We had another full house with everyone getting ready for the competition season.

I found some matches of guys you need to keep an eye on this year

Alec Baulding - Alliance Brown Belt 
                     - 2010 Purple Belt Pan + World Champion

Ian McPherson  - Alliance Black Belt
                        - 2009 World and 2x Pan Champion
                        - Placed at every Pan and World Championship in the
                          past 4 years

Jordon Schultz - Alliance Brown Belt
                       - 2010 Pan and World Champion

Pedro Torres - Alliance Purple Belt
                    - 2010 Pan Champion

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Europeans are a few weeks away

With our guys gearing up to defend our title as European Champions, I wanted to share a match from last year.
Paulo Sergio is one of Jacare's Black Belts and head of Alliance in France. He had an impressive performance at last years competition.
If you're in a hurry, don't worry. It's over quick

Thursday night class

With the training heating up for the Europeans and the Pan, we had a jam packed class tonight. 
Before working on specific situations, Jacare taught a common entry to the double unders pass

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pan Championship Training

With only 2 months to go Jacare has stepped up our training regiment to get everyone in shape for us to defend our title at the Pan Championships.

Today's training focused around passing the closed guard.
Adam vs Joey 

Jeff vs Gert

Cobrinha farewell speech

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Congratz to Darren McCall

NAGA World Championship in Dallas, Tx - December 18, 2010