Alliance Jiu Jitsu
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|Country of origin||Brazil|
|Founder||Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti
|Current head||Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti, Fabio Gurgel|
|Arts taught||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts
|Official Site||Alliance Martial Arts|
Alliance (pronounced ah-lee-AHN-say from the Brazilian origin, but uh-LAHY-uhns in the American/English form) is one of the most prominent Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu associations and the current defending World team champion, having won the titles at the World Championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. They also won the World Championships back to back in 1998 and 1999. Alliance was founded by Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti and his students: Fabio Gurgel, Alexandre Paiva, and Fernando Gurgel. Alliance Global headquarters is in Atlanta, Georgia at the Alliance Martial Arts Academy, where "Jacare" is the head instructor. Fabio Gurgel, also known as the "General", is the co-leader of Alliance and the head instructor at Alliance Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Alexandre "Gigi" Paiva heads the third main Alliance academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In 2010, Alliance won all major competitions: European Championship, Pan American Championship, and the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship; an accomplishment which has never been achieved by any other team in history.
History of Alliance
Alliance was founded in 1993, by Romero Jacaré Cavalcanti, Fabio Gurgel, Alexandre Paiva and Fernando Gurgel.
- Eight times World Championship Team - 1998, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
- National Brazilian champion in 2011
- National Brazilian champion in 2009
- Two times champion rio open in 2008 and 2009
- European champion 2010, 2011 and 2013
Notable Alliance Black Belts
- Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti - Founder & one of six Rolls Gracie black belts
- Fabio "General" Gurgel - Founder & 4x IBJJF World Heavyweight Champion
- Alexandre "Gigi" Paiva - Founder & Head of Alliance in Rio de Janiero
- Fernando "Terere" Augusto - 2x IBJJF World Middleweight Champion
- Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles Maciel - 4x IBJJF World Featherweight Champion/2x No Gi World Champ
- Marcelo "Marcelinho" Garcia - 5x IBJJF World Middleweight Champion
- Sergio "Serginho" Moraes - 1x IBJJF World Middleweight Champion
- Felipe "Zicró" Neto - 2x Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Florida State Champion
- Rodrigo Damm
- Lucio Linhares
- Tarsis Humphreys - 1x IBJJF World Medium/Heavy Champion
- Lucas Lepri - 1x IBJJF World Lightweight Champion/2x No Gi World Champion
- Bruno Malfacine - 5x IBJJF World Roosterweight Champion
- Demian Maia
- Matt Larsen - Creator of the US Army Combatives Program