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:

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Everyone’s talking about Kyra Gracie!

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She’s got strength, the looks, brazilian jiu-jitsu and submission fighting skills, a pink kimono and the Gracie name.

The 2005 and 2007 ADCC champion and three times world champion, Kyra experienced a different sensation in 2009. Hitting the beam in weight and in the open class, the fighter left California with two silver medals in the bag.

By now, Kyra might be training harder then ever to get back on the highest place on the podium again in ADCC Barcelona 2009.

Good luck, go train hard and see you in Barcelona!

Penny Thomas

CONGRATULATIONS TO PENNY THOMAS!

penny thomasThe 2007 ADCC champion Penny Thomas was again at the highest place in the podium at the 2009 BJJ World Championship in Long Beach, California, USA. We are waiting to see her in action again in September at ADCC Barcelona 2009. Championship

South African Jiu-jitsu star Penny Thomas has been competitively involved in sports since she started Gymnastics at age 5. She was part of the SA Junior Olympic Team at 12 years old when she had to stop training to undergo spinal surgery. Penny went on to compete in a variety of sports, including swimming, sprinting and life-guarding. She started Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in South Africa more for the Self Defense aspects but after her first class, BJJ became a big part of Penny’s life – from traveling to Brazil each year to train and compete, to managing South Africa’s first Brazilian Jiu-jitsu out of her garage, to eventually resigning from her full time job as a software developer to go on tour and become South Africa’s first BJJ World Champion.

Penny believes that having a balanced life is the key to being healthy and she has always worked to maintain the academic and artistic aspects of her life. She has won awards for artwork she created, won an Advanced Mathematics Tournament and has had a successful 8 year career in software development.

Penny also believes that as a sportswoman, it’s important to maintain a feminine image, so she practices yoga regularly to maintain her flexibility and posture. She is also conscious about how she fuels her body and has been a vegetarian for the last 6 years. She also loves being outdoors in nature and in the ocean and trains Stand-Up Paddling and Capoeira for her cardio cross training.

source:www.pennyfighting.com

Check our videos to watch her rolling!