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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Talking about Cyborg…

robcyborg.gNow ADCC has in the card two Cyborgs, they are not related but  it is not a big coincidence they have the same nickname since in the fight community there is quite many people called Cyborg, Hulk, Rubber, Machine … and not mentioning the Brazilians, who realy like to giveand use nicknames.

Talking about Cyborg, Roberto Abreu is changing his weight division from -99kg to +99kg, we should expect an even stronger Cyborg this year at ADCC.

See you very soon in Barcelona!

Rogent Lloret

rogent5Born in 1979
Home: Barcelona – Spain
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Fighting
Team: Gracie Barcelona & MMA Barcelona
Division: under over 99Kg

MMA Record: 7 – 1 – 0

Rogent Lloret was the first Spanish to be confirmed to the  ADCC BARCELONA 2009.

He is the most successful Spanish Grappler in the present moment, this black belt in BJJ from  Robin Gracie is the 2009 European champion, winner of the European selective for the ADCC professional world championship in BJJ and unbeaten in the M-1 Challenge, last week he was appointed to join the M1 GLOBAL and is fighting August 29th in San Diego, California against the dangerous rusian Aalexey Olynyk.

Besides being a great champion is a great person and humble warrior,  Rogent LLoret is bound to make history in BJJ, submission fighting and MMA for Spain.
He can be a good surprise for the local Catalans.
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The first Spanish to be confirmed to the  ADCC BARCELONA 2009 is Rogent LLoret. Congratulations!

The fighter is the most successful Spanish in the present moment, this black belt in BJJ from  Robin Gracie is the 2009 European champion, winner of the European selective for the ADCC professional world championship in BJJ and unbeaten in the M-1 Challenge.

Besides being a great champion is a great person and humble warrior. Rogent LLoret is bound to make history in BJJ, submission fighting and MMA for our country.
He can be a good surprise for the local Catalans.

Baret Yoshida

baret yoshidaNickname: The Finisher
Born in 1975
Home: San Diego CA – USA
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Fighting
Team: Undisputed
Division: under 65,9Kg

Baret has 13 years Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training and Coaching. A Black Belt under the world famous BJJ competitor and MMA fighter Egan Inoue from Grappling Unlimited, he also received his Purple Belt before that from Relson Gracie. He has competed and won in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since the mid-nineties. In 1996 he was crowned champion of the Uemura Cup. Baret is the 6 time Hawaii state BJJ Champion. This 3 time Grappling Unlimited Champion has also competed in the prestigious ADCC several times. He is the 2001 and 2003 ADCC Vice Champion.yoshida

El Local!

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El primero Español a estar confirmado al ADCC BARCELONA 2009 es Rogent LLoret, enhorabuena!!!

Es el luchador español en mejor forma física de la actualidad,  cinturón negro de BJJ de Robin Gracie y campeón europeo 2009. Ganó la selectiva europea para el mundial profesional ADCC de jiu-jitsu, invencible en el M-1 Challenge.

Además de ser un gran campeón, es una gran persona: humilde y guerrero sin par, Rogent LLoret está destinado a hacer historia dentro del BJJ, del submission fighting y de la MMA de nuestro pais.
Mucho entreno ahora para luchar con los mejores del mundo y ser una gran sorpresa para los que no lo conocen!

In English:

The first Spanish to be confirmed to the  ADCC BARCELONA 2009 is Rogent LLoret. Congratulations!

The fighter is the most successful Spanish in the present moment, this black belt in BJJ from  Robin Gracie is the 2009 European champion, winner of the European selective for the ADCC professional world championship in BJJ and unbeaten in the M-1 Challenge.

Besides being a great champion is a great person and humble warrior. Rogent LLoret is bound to make history in BJJ, submission fighting and MMA for our country.
He can be a good surprise for the local Catalans.

TOM DEBLASS USA EAST COAST WINNER!

tom deblassCongratulations Tom Deblass, we hope to see you having the same success in ADCC Barcelona as your master Ricardo Almeida had in previous editions!

“I am a Ricardo Almeida Black Belt. I own Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. My purpose on this earth is to touch as many lives as possible through Jiu-Jitsu, it is my calling. I have won Pan American, World, and National titles. I trust in God, believe in myself and am very thankful for the wonderful people I have surrounding me.” Tom Deblass

Tom DeBlass is a proud Black Belt student of Ricardo Almeida, a 3rd Degree Black Belt under Renzo Gracie. Tom began his martial arts career studying Tae-Kwon-Do at the young age of 6. In high school, his love of sports drew him to the track and field team, where he excelled as a county and state sectional long-jump champion. While attending Monmouth University, where he would eventually earn a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education, he decided to focus his attention on training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the world’s most effective martial art. The following year proved to be a major turning point for Tom when he met Bill Scott. Bill was studying under world renowned BJJ instructor, Ricardo Almeida, and brought Tom to the Ricardo Almedia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Since then Tom has been a loyal and devoted student to Ricardo Almeida and the rest of Team Renzo Gracie. In 2006, Tom was honored with the role of co-captain of the Ricardo Almeida Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition team.
Professor Tom DeBlass has established himself as one of the best adult American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors in the United States.  His competition record includes medals and championships in some of the world’s most prestigious Jiu-Jitsu competitions such as the Worlds, Nationals, and Pan American Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. Professor Tom and his staff have also managed to build one of the largest Jiu-Jitsu academies in New Jersey in both facility size (over 4,000 sq. feet) and student count (close to 250 students from all different walks of life). As an instructor, Professor Tom helps all individuals reach their goals and keeps classes non-competitive by offering separate classes for those looking to compete and those who do not. The academy’s environment is family-oriented and stress-free. The top priority of each instructor at Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is to make sure each student gets the individual attention they need in order to accomplish their goals while acquiring the knowledge of a sport that has changed the lives of so many.

source:  http://www.oceancountybjj.com

Ryan Hall

Winner of the ADCC West Coast Trials under 66kg

ryan hall“The first of two North American qualifiers for the 2009 ADCC World Championship was held at the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus in Carson, CA. The brackets were filled with accomplished black belts hoping to earn their spot in the world’s most prestigious no-gi tournament, the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Submission Wrestling World Championship.
In the under 66 kg Professional division, Ryan put on the most dominant performance of the tournament, submitting all of his opponents in rapid fashion without surrendering an offensive point.

Ryan finished Matt Betzold (Gracie Barra) in the first round with a triangle and Dustin Thornton (Undisputed) with a 50/50 heel hook in the quarter-final. In the semi-final, Ryan faced off against Matt Sanchez (Team Alpha), an extremely tough opponent who had defeated one of the favourites, Justin Rader (Lovato), in the previous round. Ryan was able to sweep, take the back, mount, and finish with an arm lock from the triangle to advance to the final. In the championship match, Ryan defeated Ryan Lang (Rickson Gracie) with a 50/50 heel hook to earn the opportunity to compete against the world’s best lightweight grapplers at the ADCC main event in Barcelona, Spain later this year.”

source: 5050bjj.com

Congratulations for the 3rd place at the IBJJ world tournament. We are waiting for you in Barcelona, Ryan!