Luanna Alzuguir

luannaBorn in 1985
Home: Brasil
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Alliance
Division: under 60 Kg

BJJ record:
3 x Brazilian Champion CBJJ
7 x State Champion FPJJ
World Champion Weight and Absolute 2007 BCJJE
World Vice Champion 2008 CBJJ
World Champion 2009 BCJJ

Luanna was one of the great names at BJJ world championship held in the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach California this year. She is the perfect example that hard work is the best way to get to the top. And in her case, on the way to the top was Kyra Gracie.
It is very difficult and at the same time very stimulating for an athlete, specially a fighter, when you one day in your career face an icon of your sport. Kyra Gracie is the biggest name on Bjj for women now, but Luanna Alzuguir had to face her not one but two times: First time they fought, Kyra won in a very close fight winning only by two points earned in a take down very contested by Luanna. After that Luanna knew that they were to face again and she trained harder and told to anyone that would listen that she was going to get to the top , and she would rematch Kyra, and she was going to win. Her chance came this year at CBJJ World Championship at the  light-weight division final. As expected, Luanna did a flawless fight and brought the balance back by bringing the score to 1 x 1. ADCC Barcelona 2009 is a good chance to one of this two fighter step ahead again.

Take a look on the video below to see the hard work Luanna is doing for ADCC Barcelona 2009:

Kyra Gracie

kyra adccComplete name: Kyra Gracie Guimarães
Born in 1985
Home: Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Renzo Gracie
Division: under 60 Kg
Instructor lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda – Carlos Gracie – Robson Gracie – Kyra Gracie

BJJ/ADCC record:
* 2x ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion (2005, 2007)
* 3x World BJJ Champion (2004,2006,2008)
* 5x Pan American BJJ Games Champion (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)
* 5x Brazilian BJJ Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004)
* 5x New York State BJJ Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
* 1x Asiatic BJJ Champion (2006)
Kyra x AkanoKyra x StaakKyra x Caoimhe McGill

Three times world champion, Kyra Gracie experimented a different sensation in 2009: Hitting the beam in weight and in open class, the fighter left California with two silver medals in the bag. She is one of the few Gracie women to achieve a black belt in BJJ, and is the first Gracie female to actively compete in the sport. She is currently living in the United States, where she is associated with the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York, and the Gracie Barra Academy in Lake Forest, California. She is also associated with the Gracie Barra Academy in Rio de Janeiro.
Kyra had an injury in the back last year. This is why she didn’t fight the Brazilian Championship, saving herself for the ADCC in September. She knows she’s going to meet tough fighters like Michelle Tavares and Hillary Williams.

About the BJJ World Championship 2009: “It isn’t just Luana Alzuguir that wants me. Everybody wants to beat me, right?”

Ina Steffensen

ina2Born in 1982

Home: Denmark

Style: Bjj and Submission Fighting

Team: Mascarenhas Team

Division: under 60 Kg

BJJ/ADCC record:
Stockholm Open Bjj 2008
Gold: Class -58,3

Danish Open Bjj 2008
Gold: Class -58,3
Silver: Open class

ADCC Danish tryout 2008
Gold: Class -55

ADCC European championship 2008
Gold: Class -55

Scandinavian Open Bjj 2008
Silver: Class -58,3

Kaisho cup Bjj 2009
Gold: Open class

Laurence Cousin

Laurence Cousin

Laurence Cousin

Nicknames: First Lady of BJJ, Lolotte, Lolo, Feefee…
Born in 1981
Home: Paris – France
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: NCU
Division: under 60 Kg

BJJ/ADCC record:
-Black belt since 2005 from Flavio Behring jiujitsu
-Undefeated in Europe
-European ADCC Trials Champion, Stockholm (Sweden) 2009
-Belgium ADCC Trials Champion, Charleroi (Belgium) 2006
-Double World Champion FILA (gi and no-gi), Switzerland 2008
-Four times Brussel International Grappling Champion (1, 4, 5 and 6)
-2nd place on the Arnold World Gracie Submission Championship – Ohio, USA 2004

CBJJ World Championships:
– World Champion Black Belt, 2007
– 2nd place in Black Belt, 2008
– 3rd place in Brown and Black Belt, 2005 (brown belt)
– 3rd place in Purple, Brown and Black Belt, 2003 (purple belt)
– 2nd place in team championship, 2003
– 5th place in Blue Belt, 2001

CBJJO World Cup :
– World Champion, 2005
– 3rd place in Purple, Brown and Black Belt 2003 (purple belt)
– 2nd place in team championship, 2003

Bio: Lolo started in Martial Arts at 8 years old. She had a very open minded Aikido teacher that introduced her to Judo, Karate and finally Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through seminars. Now Laurence trains at NCU, in Paris, with David Pierre Louis and François Laurent.  She’s a police officer but she trains every day (or night), working hard in physical conditioning. Cousin wants to fight Kyra Gracie again in ADCC 2009.

“I think girls are far more technical than men, however men find this very difficult to admit!! hahaha!”

Click here to see Laurence Cousin vs Sayaka Shioda.

Michelle Tavares

Michelle TavaresComplete name: Ana Michelle Tavares
Home: Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Nova União
Division: under 60 Kg

BJJ/ADCC record: ADCC 2009 South American Trials winner

MMA record: 7 – 2 – 0 (71% of victories by submission)

Bio: Michelle Tavares is a Jiu-jitsu black belt and a MMA fighter from Nova Uniao academy, having 5 of her 7 wins by submission. She was in the ADCC Trials at the Botafogo Gymnasium, in Rio de Janeiro and took the spot to represent Brasil in the traditional Submission tournament, defeating favorite Gracie Barra’s Bianca Andrade in the finals of under 60 Kg. Her triangle is really dangerous: chocking, arm-baring or inverted.

Megumi Fujii

Megumi FujiiNickname: Mega Megu
Born in 1974
Home: Okinawa – Japan
Style: MMA
Team: Abe Ani Combat Club
Division: under 60 Kg

BJJ/Sambo/Wrestling/ADCC record:
– ADCC 2009 Asia & South Pacific Trials winner
– 3rd place in 2005 ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
– 9 times All-Japan sambo champion
– All Japan Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion
– 2 times Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan American Games champion
– Ground Impact: “Queen of Jiu-Jitsu” professional Jiu-Jitsu tournament champion
– Professional Submission League: “LA Sub X” event winner and fastest submission

MMA record: 18 – 0 – 0 (83% of victories by submission)Megumi Fujii

Bio: Megumi is the most decorated female grappler in all of Japan and arguably pound-for-pound the best female fighter in the world. Known for her aggressive attacking style of wrestling, dynamic and explosive submissions punctuate her matches. Her most popular move is the Inazuma Toe Hold submission, dubbed the Megulock. Megumi also holds black belts in both Judo and Jiu-Jitsu, and was trained in MMA by Shooto veteran Hiroyuki Abe and PRIDE Fighting Championships alumni, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Josh Barnett. She has also trained several other female MMA fighters including current top fighter Hitomi Akano (Hiraiwa). 15 of her 18 victories in MMA were by submission.

Sayaka Shioda

sayaka shiodaHome: Japan
Style: Shooto
Team: Abe Ani Combat Club
Division: under 60 Kg
MMA record:  3 – 1 – 0

Bio: Sayaka Shioda is a skilled MMA fighter with 2 of her 3 wins by submission. In 2005 she won the G-Shooto with a beautiful reverse triangle choke against veteran Seri Saito. In ADCC 2007  she won the first place in under 55kg division. It will be interesting to watch Shioda putting her title against the incredible card ADCC has assembled for Barcelona.