Bruno F. Fernandes

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Bruno F. Fernandes
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Bruno F. Fernandes
Born (1978-04-06) April 6, 1978 (age 40)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
NationalityBrazilian
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
TeamGracie Barra
Rank     4th degree black belt
OccupationBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu teacher, entrepreneur, researcher
Notable studentsGeorges St. Pierre, Vince Mattei
Fateh Belkalem, Rodolphe Beaulieu
Thierry Quenneville
Bruno F. Fernandes
BJJ competition
Bruno F. Fernandes in competition
Medal record
Representing  Brazil
Grappling
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
World Championship[1]
Silver medal – second place 2002 United States Middleweight
Bronze medal – third place 2001 United States Middleweight
Gold medal – first place 2000 United States Middleweight
Silver medal – second place 1999 United States Middleweight
Gold medal – first place 1998 United States Middleweight
Silver medal – second place 1997 United States Middleweight
Pan American Championship
Gold medal – first place 2014 United States Middleweight
Bronze medal – third place 2008 United States Middleweight
Gold medal – first place 1998 United States Open category
Gold medal – first place 1998 United States Middleweight
Gold medal – first place 1997 United States Middleweight
Nogi Pan American Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2013 United States Middleweight
Bronze medal – third place 2012 United States Middleweight
Brazilian Championships[1]
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Brazil Middleweight
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Brazil Middleweight
Gold medal – first place 1997 Brazil Middleweight
Silver medal – second place 1997 Brazil Open category
Gold medal – first place 1996 Brazil Middleweight
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Brazil Middleweight
Australian Championships[2]
Gold medal – first place 2013 Australia

Bruno Franco Fernandes (born April 6, 1978) is a Brazilian ophthalmologist and martial arts teacher (4th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black belt) based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

In 2010, he founded Gracie Barra (GB) Montreal, a school of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and became President of GB Wear Canada.[3] He is also the regional Director of Gracie Barra Association for Quebec, Canada.[4] During his martial arts career, he won multiple World Championship titles and received many awards and recognitions in international Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments such as the Mundials (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships), Pan-American Championships, and Brazilian Nationals, as well as in local state- and city-sponsored cups.[5][6]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Fernandes won 2 medals at the IBJJF world championships as an adult black belt—a bronze in 2001 and a silver in 2002. From an early age, Bruno Fernandes has participated regularly in world, regional, national, state and city championships. A collection of his tournament successes are listed below.[1]

Notable students[edit]

As Founder and Head instructor of the Montreal branch of Gracie Barra, Bruno Fernandes has been teaching to many students the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is assisted by BJJ practitioners, MMA fighters and conditioning coaches including Ivan Menjivar[7] and Olivier Aubin-Mercier.[8]

- Georges St-Pierre, a MMA fighter and world champion, is a student of Fernandes. He was awarded a Black Belt in 2008 and a related first stripe in 2011.[9][10][11]
- Rodolphe Beaulieu was awarded a Black Belt in 2011 after training with Bruno F Fernandes from 2006.[11]

Local championships[edit]

  • 2013: IBJJ Montreal Open middleweight Champion (age: 35).[12]
  • 2013: IBJJ Montreal Open category, Absolute Champion (age: 35).[12]
  • 2013: Australian National Championship, Champion (age: 35).
  • 2000: São Paulo State Championship, Open category, Third place (age: 22).
  • 2000: São Paulo State Championship, middleweight, Champion (age: 22).
  • 1997: Rio de Janeiro State Championship, middleweight, Third place (age: 19).
  • 1996: Rio de Janeiro State Championship, middleweight, Champion (age: 18).
  • 1994: Rio de Janeiro State Championship, middle-heavyweight, Champion (age: 16).
  • 1991: Rio de Janeiro State Championship, middle-heavyweight, Champion (age: 13).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "IBJJF Championships results". Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  2. ^ "2013 Australian Champions Cup" (PDF). Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  3. ^ Gracie Barra Association. "Bruno Fernandes: Jiu Jitsu's Renaissance Man". Gracie Barra Association. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  4. ^ Deb Blyth (April 28, 2010). "Catching up with Bruno Fernandes". Graciemag. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  5. ^ Deb Blyth (December 16, 2009). "If you can't spare one hour of your day to do something you love, there really is something wrong in your life". Gracie Mag. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  6. ^ "Montreal Diary: UFC gives Brazilian jiu-jitsu a boost". Montreal Gazette. November 8, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  7. ^ Hunt, Loretta (21 February 2013). "After years in and out of MMA, Ivan Menjivar finally eyeing title shot". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  8. ^ Forest, Marie-Claude. "Sur les traces de Georges St-Pierre". Canoe. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Bruno Fernandes talks GSP and Gracie Barra expansion in Canada". JITS. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  10. ^ Myers, Tommy. "Georges St. Pierre earns Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Bruno Fernandes". MMA mania. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  11. ^ a b Dunlop, Marcelo. "trying-moment"/ "GSP marks operation, honored at GB during "trying moment"". Gracie Magazine. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  12. ^ a b Ivan Trindade (November 17, 2013). "Montreal Open: Bruno Fernandes wins black belt open class, other results". Gracie Mag. Retrieved January 31, 2014.