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 Third Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under master Helio Soneca. 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 Helio 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.
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
- Bahia State Champion
- Alfa Barra Champion
- Melbourne International Gold Medallist (2013)
- Pan Pacific Championship Bronze Medallist Open Weight (2011)
- Pan Pacific Championship Silver Medallist (2011)
- Pan Pacific Bronze Medallist (2010)
- Abu Dhabi Trials 3rd Place (Sydney 2010)
- Weight Division: Middle weight 82.3kg/181.5lbs
Team/Association: Cia Paulista Australia (http://cpabjj.com.au/)