Monday, February 28, 2011

News from the UK

We received news from our Affiliate Instructor Lee Bown about his guys competing in the  UK Premier BJJ Championships in Bristol. He had some awesome results, so congratz to all his guys!

Hi Jacare,

Hope you are well and everything is ok in Atlanta.

On Sat 26th Feb it was the UK Premier BJJ Championships in Bristol and most of the UK's top BJJ academies had entered.

We had some good results and everybody fought really well, here are our results.

Purple medium/heavy - Lee Bown - Gold
Purple light - Ste Burton - silver

...Blue super heavy - Rick Brown - silver
Blue light feather - Jack Young - Gold

White light - Abdel Faouri - silver (Alliance Notts)
White rooster - Joe Young - Gold

See you all soon, take care, Lee bown

News from our Affiliate in WI

We just received some updates from our Affiliate Instructor Mark Plavcan, he sent a few of his guys to compete in the IBJJF tournament in Chicago this last weekend.

Hello Guys, 
I hope the Seminar in Des Plains, IL went well and that our new affiliate is a good fit for us.  I just wanted to send you a few photos and results from this weekend at the IBJJF in Chicago so you could post them on the website.  Again, I can't thank you guys enough for everything Alliance has done for the team.  Everyone is just feeling so much better about their BJJ and I have seen such great improvements in their competition abilities.  Hopefully you can put this up on your site!  Thanks!

Andy "shaggy" Acker-  First Place - Men's Purple belt 194.5lbs (middle heavy)  All but one win by submission.

Robbie Cunningham-  First Place - Men's white belt 167 lbs (light weight)  All wins by submission

Andrew Pirsch-  3rd place - Men's White belt 154 lbs (feather weight) 

Attached are pictures of the podiums if you want to use them.  They should be labeled accordingly. 

Thanks again for everything.  I will see you guys at Pan Ams Camp. 

Mark Plavcan

Jacare back from New York!!

Jacare is back at the gym after a full week working on the new Alliance Online training program. Alliance Online is going to revolutionize the way people train and help all its members push their jiu jitsu to the next level. Today Jacare demonstrated one of the techniques that will be featured on the site in class. Jacare is putting everyone to train hard now that there are only 4 weeks remaining until Pan Ams.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011


We at Alliance offer our sincere condolences for the sudden loss of Alliance Black Belt- Luis "Sucuri" Togno. He passed away yesterday due to injuries received from a car crash. We can only imagine what a shock it must be to his family. We do know that he was very highly respected throughout the Jiu-Jitsu community, and his good works changed the lives of many. No comfort is quite enough to replace the loss.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Learn three positions taught at Alliance Bragança Paulista - Graciemag Article

Article from:

Boi at Brazilian Team Nationals / Photo: Carlos Ozório
One of the black belts at the forefront at Alliance, Fabiano Boi, has been temporarily sidelined due to injury. Nevertheless, while he waits to get back into action, Boi carries on teaching class at Alliance Bragança Paulista.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Jacare Interview by Kid Peligro


Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti Interview

 Romero Jacare

Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti needs no introduction, one of the few Rolls Gracie Black belts, Romero founded and leads of one of the winning-est team in history of BJJ Alliance team. But his journey to success was not easy, after taking the World's team titles twice, Romero face health issues and team splits that would leave most humans defeated and dejected. But the man they call "Jacare" doesn't know those words, he, with the help of his students and team members re-built Alliance into the most dominant team in BJJ in hte last 3 years. Let's hear from alliance leader Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti

KP- Your are one of the few Rolls Gracie's Black Belts, what did you admire most about him?

RJ- Above all, Rolls was a fantastic human being. As an instructor he was an innovator, that in his short life was able to caused a tremendous impact in Jiu-Jitsu. His influence lived beyond his lifetime. He was so courageous and determined I am very grateful for everything I learned from him not only in Jiu-Jitsu but also on how to become a better human being.

KP- What did you learn from him that was mos t important to you?

RJ- Of course a lot of of Jiu-Jitsu, but he also taught me how to enjoy teaching and discovering what I wanted to do with life. To have perseverance to always fight to win and conquer all my goals. To never give up and to pursue my dreams so they came true.

KP- How was losing your master?
RJ- It was one of the saddest days of my life. He was very young when left us. I was depressed and without a sense of direction for quite some time. But the Lord knows what it does and perhaps Rolls was too good for this World that is so cruel and inhumane. He was an angel that came to this Earth to do good, may God have him in a good place.

KP- What made you overcome this depression?
RJ- Nothing, for quite sometime, I wasn't even training. I did a triathlon  Ironman in Hawaii, running, swimming and biking for long hours so I could get my mind away from the loss. But little by little I started to regain my strength and one day I started going Rickson's Academy to train. Soon after that I opened my own Academy Jacare Jiu Jitsu in Ipanema, that then became Master with Fabio Gurgel and eventually Alliance. The rest is history as you all know it

KP- Your Team Alliance has dominated the BJJ Circuit for the last 3 years. Last year it was almost perfect only losing the Brazilian titles by 1 point. What is the reason for this success?
RJ- Primarily a lot of work by all members of the team. I don't do anything alone, I have Fabio and Gigi and many others that believed in our project and stayed with us to help achieve this success. We threw away the bad apples from the pack so they wouldn't spoil the rest, and just like a Phoenix, we were reborn from our ashes. The Eagle is once again flying high, and that was our answer to everyone

KP- You have graduated dozens of Black Belts, in your view which ones stand out as athletes?
RJ- Over the years there were many and there are still many to come. I have so many World Champions, National and Pan champions that it would be unfair for me to name just a few. I don't want to forget some names and have them mad at me, you know age creeps up and the mind begins to fail Hahahahaha.

KP- And as instructor?
RJ- The same answer, there were so many, but without a doubt the most important one are the ones I graduated to succeed in life as well. The ones that got ahead and became better human beings, unfortunately some already came with defects and I couldn't help them, so they are roaming aimlessly around the World but luckily there were few of those .

KP- A few years back your tema split up, there were two teams created from that split Checkmat & Brasa, what caused that?
RJ- THe split was caused by a few younger athletes that wanted to compete in an event that paid money, but this was in direct conflict with some of our objectives and the older team leaders that were in charge of the team in Brazil. i was away in the US and I listened to their arguments and tried to mediate but I remained where I've always been . I can tell that with time I made the right decision, Checkmat was created by Leo and Ricardinho, they work hrd and have correct ideals. The other team no one hears about any more, and they were always fighting amongst themselves more than they trained .

KP- and how did that affect you personally?
RJ- Nothing changed for me. I was saddened but I've always believed in my potential as an instructor. I founded my first team by myself, Jacare Jiu Jitsu, and even with a small group of students the team was able to come in ahead of many of the bigger teams at the time. So I knew that it was just a matter of time, of course those were difficult moments but I am determined and I owe that to my family northern roots and to Rolls with whom I learned never to give up.

KP- and how did you overcome that and got the team strong again?
RJ- With the help of Fabio and Gigi primarily, those two continued  believing and working and little by little we were able to grow the team into what it is today. Today I can assure you that we have a solid team, well organized, with many talents and we are still working very hard to continue this success. We have affiliates all over the World all united and humble, we all share the same ideals and we all know that the star that shines the brightest is our team star.

KP- What is the secret of Alliance's success?
RJ- Unity, hard work, sincerity, honesty, science and love that we apply to study the art and the dedication of all our instructors and athletes to always better themselves.

KP- What do you believe is most important for an instructor to teach a student?
RJ- The highest morals values of us human beings, sincerity, the fight for our ideals, because without work and dedication we cannot achieve anything in life or in fighting. and what Rickson calls the Invisible Jiu-Jitsu, this is the true Jiu-Jitsu that teaches us how to succeed in life.

KP- Did I miss anything you want to discuss?
RJ- I think I've said enough to write a book hhahahaha!! But to finalise this my dear friend. It is always a pleasure to speak with such an intelligent person as yourself, one that has the true feeling for our art and that helps us spread the word of our work and our efforts, I am an Apostle of Jiu-Jitsu and I wish the Lord give me strength to continue my mission of teaching and spreading our message of peace. I thank my father and my mother for the values they instilled in me, and my wife and daughter for always being by my side

Now go train Jiu-Jitsu,

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New Merchandise In Stock

The Elite Gi's are here! Everyone that Pre-Ordered please speak to Jordon or Clinton about picking them up

Alliance Sublimated Rashguards are available in all sizes. Get one today because they won't be around for too long

Anyone interested in merchandise please contact any of the Managers at 404-843-0606 or

Alliance Pan Camp Registration Is Open

Pre-Pay before march 5th for the 2011 Pan training camp in our online store and Save 50 greenbacks!! Come train at the best school in the USA.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Graciemag interview with Lucas Lepri

Lucas Lepri (Alliance) kicked off the season with some big wins. First he won the European Open, closing out with Michael Langhi. Then last weekend he drove from New York to New Jersey and earned a ticket to Abu Dhabi for himself, winning the World Pro tryouts.
And it was no easy ride, as he tells

What did you think of the European Open?

The 2011 European Open weas high level, just as high as the Worlds. Everyone in it was good. And there was something else: before the Euro Open I stopped by Athens to teach a seminar, and when I arrived in Lisbon I was three kilos over weight (laughs). I had to lose it all on the day! I faced Helder “Bob Esponja” in the first match; he’s tough, I’d faced him a few times before. It was a hard match, I was weak, but my second was better: I ended up facing Jonathan Torres and everything went according to plan. Thank God I managed to win the two matches to close out the final with Michael.

Is the plan to double up like that all year?

That’s always the plan. If it’s possible, we’ll close out every event we’re in together. Michael is a great friend and incredible athlete. I admire what he does a lot!

What’s cooking now?

I’m going to continue training in New York with my students and friends. I’m heading to Atlanta for a training camp for the Pan with Master Romero Jacaré. It’ll be great to learn from the master and train with the whole elite squad at Alliance Atlanta. Then, right after the Pan, I’ll head to Abu Dhabi, since last weekend I won the under-74-kg qualifiers in New Jersey. I had three matches and faced JT in the final again. I’m really glad to have participated in the event and taken a student, Chris Visentin, with me. He won the purple belt absolute. It’s worth reminding readers not that anyone can participate in the World Pro main event. The tryouts are just meant to reward the winners with free travel and board.

So you’re training at full steam now. Who are the opponents who may get in your way this season?

I can name a number of up-and-coming lightweights. Really talented new guys come up in the division every year. I can always mention Celso (Venicius), Durinho, Augusto Tanquinho, JT, but there are a lot of athletes who may surprise us. That’s why I dedicate my training to all types of opponent. Article - Cobrinha in CA

Cobrinha To Open Alliance in Hollywood, CA! would like to wish Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles  much success in his new venture of opening his first gym that will be based in Hollywood, California. We would like to thank him for all his help in the almost 4 years he was based in our city.
It is rare that you come across such a high level world class athlete that is willing to go beyond the class room in helping anyone who loves the sport of Jiu Jitsu reach their goals, and his contributions in the Georgia Jiu Jitsu community will be sorely missed .
While based at the Atlanta Alliance Academy and together with Alliance founder and head instructor Jacare, he helped the Academy and its students attain a huge amount of success and growth locally and internationally in the short time that he was here.
With a lot of hard work and sacrifice, his move to California will not only be helping grow and strengthen the Alliance team for it will be the first official Alliance Academy in L.A , but he also will be realizing one of his life’s biggest dreams of opening and owning his own Academy! It is with that we wish him a huge amount of success and respect in his new venture.
For anyone wanting to train or contact Cobrinha, his school will be located at 4929 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90036.
So make sure if you are on vacation, or need a tune up before the Pan AM’s or Mundials, dont hesitate to stop in and show some Georgia support and get your roll on the one of the best in the world.
All the Best Cobrinha. Thank you for everything and it was a great honor to train under you.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pedro Torres and Jordon Schultz represented Atlanta at the European Championship!

The first weekend of February 2011 kicked off the first major Jiu Jitsu tournament of the year with the European Championship which was held in Lisbon ,Portugal, from Feb 4-6.

The European Championship is the most prestigious and largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament held in Europe by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation,and it has been held there since January of 2004.

This tournament really sets the stage for all the world Jiu Jitsu teams as they move forward towards the goal of competing at the Pan Am’s and World Championships in California later this year.

Two stand out Atlanta athletes made the long journey to Lisbon in search of the Gold. would like to give a huge congratulations to Atlanta’s Alliance Jiu Jitsu competitors Pedro Torres and Jordan Schultz!

Pedro Torres earned the Gold Medal in the Purple Belt Featherweight Division. Pedro not only won all 5 of his matches to get to the top of the podium, but ended each of his 5 matches by submission.

Secondly we would like to congratulate Jordon Schultz on placing second in the highly contested Lightweight brown belt division. Jordon won the world championships purple belt division in 2010 and recieved his brown belt soon after. This was his first major tournament competing at the brown belt level and managed to secure the silver medal in Lisbon.

Congratulations to both athletes on such excellent results!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Congratz Lucas Lepri

Big congratz to Alliance Black Belt Lucas Lepri winning a stacked division at the Abu Dhabi Pro trials this last weekend

74 Kg
Lucas Lepri – Alliance
Jonathan “JT” Torres – Lloyd Irvin
Juan Barrantes – Renzo Gracie
Jonatas Gurgel – ATT

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Alliance Pan Training Camp + Lucas Lepri Seminar

 In an effort to win the Pan and earn the Grand Slam of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu we are once again hosting a camp in preparation for the upcoming competition to be held in Irvine CA, USA. The camp will be held at the Sandy Springs (Atlanta) location from the 14th-19th of March. On Saturday the camp will be concluded with a seminar hosted by former World, 2x Pan and recently crowned 2x European light weight champion Lucas Lepri.

Alliance’s Head Coach and 7th degree Black Belt Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti will be overseeing his top students and teaching 2 classes a day for an entire week. 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 fill 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: March 14th -19th  
  • Where: 6331 Roswell Rd Atlanta GA 30328
  • Price: $299 (seminar included) or $40 per session 
  • Seminar only: $80
  • More Info: 404-843-0606 or
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011