The World Nogi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship is a prestigious Nogi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) tournament hosted annually by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. The tournament has been held at California State University in Long Beach, California, United States, since its creation in 2007.
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The Pan-American Championship, often referred to colloquially as the “Pan Ams”, is the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament held in North America. The event which is held annually by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
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Leonardo Dalla is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt competitor and instructor. He was medalist in several major Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions, such as the World Championship, Pan American Championship gi and no-gi, and Brazilian National Championship. Leo Dalla was born in 1974, growing up in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. Dalla started training in 1987 at age of 13, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil becoming the very first student to receive a Black Belt under Master Jorge Pereira in June 1993.
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 from 2008-2016. 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.
Keenan Kai-James Cornelius is an American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner known for his competitive achievements, most notably including what has been dubbed a grand slam in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, having won double gold medals at four major tournaments – the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Pan-American Championship, European Open Championship, and Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship – at his given belt rank
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu ranking system is a means of signifying a practitioner’s increasing levels of technical knowledge and practical skill within the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Colored belts that are worn as part of the uniform are awarded to the practitioner. While the ranking system’s structure shares its origins with the Judo ranking system and that of all colored martial arts belts, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ranking system grew to incorporate unique aspects and themes. The system has minor differences from Judo in areas such as a division between youths and adults and the issuance of stripes and degrees. Some distinct differences have become synonymous with the art, such as a marked informality in promotional criteria, a focus on a competitive demonstration of skill, and a conservative approach to promotion.
Ulysses Gomez (Los Angeles, May 25, 1983) is a Mexican American mixed martial artist who competes in the flyweight and bantamweight divisions. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, Gomez has mostly fought in PFC and Tachi Palace Fights and is also known for his grappling career.
Ryan Christopher Hall is an American black belt and instructor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and a professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is known for a number of competitive achievements, ranging from Mundial and ADCC victories to dozens of Grapplers Quest championships. He is the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 22. Hall has published a number of instructional DVD sets, including one with an emphasis on the triangle choke, a signature technique used in his competitive career.
Neiman Gracie Stambowsky (born December 12, 1988) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner currently competing in the Middleweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional MMA competitor since 2013, he has also previously fought for the World Series of Fighting.
Kiichi Kunimoto (国本 起一, Kunimoto Kiichi, born May 1, 1981) is a Japanese mixed martial artist, who currently competes in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2006, he has also competed for Pancrase.