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. 
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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,