What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, commonly known as the gentle art, is a martial art that involves self-defence and combat sports. It is generally practiced on the ground and uses grappling and submission techniques (often chokes and joint locks) to neutralise an opponent. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu employs the concept that a smaller, weaker person can defend against a bigger and stronger opponent through leverage and correct technique making this martial art suitable for all ages, shapes, sizes and both genders.
Why train BJJ?
- Improve strength, fitness and flexibility
- Increase self-confidence
- Learn self-defence
- Make new friends and have fun
- Develop anti-bullying skills for kids
Alexandre dos Santos is a Fourth Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under master Helio “Soneca” Moreira. He has a long history of competing and teaching at an international level. In 2010 he moved to Australia to help Carlos Vieira grow the Cia Paulista team in the region.
Alexandre dos Santos was born on the 12th of May, 1977 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started training at Neury Gomes’s academy in Vassouras – Rio de Janeiro, influenced by his good friend Carlos “Portugues” Vieira. He trained with master Neury until he received his blue belt, but moved to the ‘Gracie Leblon’ gym (Rio de Janeiro) where he was taught by Soneca.
Alexandre earned his purple and brown belt from Helio Soneca, but he divided his training between Soneca’s gym and his old academy in Vassouras (where he started also helping the class). In 2003 he received his black belt from the Oswaldo Fadda protégé.
In 2010 Alexandre dos Santos was invited by Carlos Vieira to come to Melbourne, Australia and help with the classes at Cia Paulista Australia.
In 2015 Alexandre fulfilled his life-long dream of opening his own academy which is located in North Melbourne.
Lineage 1st master: Mitsuyo Maeda > Luis França > Oswaldo Fadda > Neury Gomes> Alexandre Santos
Lineage 2nd master: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jnr. > Helio Soneca > Alexandre Santos
2017 Gold Medallist Melbourne International Pro Jiu Jitsu Championships
2017 Gold Medallist IBJJF Sydney Open
2016 Silver Medallist IBJJF Pan Pacific Championships
2015 Gold Medallist Melbourne Open (Weight and Open Weight divisions)
2013 Gold Medallist Melbourne Open
2011 Silver Medallist Pan Pacific Championships (Weight division)
2011 Bronze Medallist Pan Pacific Championship (Open Weight)
2011 Abu Dhabi Trials 3rd Place
2010 Bronze Medallist Pan Pacific Championships
Team/Association: Cia Paulista Australia (http://cpabjj.com.au/)