Your Turn to Interview Xande Ribeiro, BJJ World Champion

by Caleb on June 10, 2008

Xande Ribeiro AlexandreXande Ribeiro (Gracie Humaita) won the 2008 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships in the Absolute Division and in the Heavyweight division on Sunday.

What’s that mean to you? Well Xande lives here in San Diego and I have arranged an interview with him later this week, and I thought you may have a question you’d like to ask him!

If there’s anything you’d like to know from Xande about BJJ, his history, what his plans are for the future, let me know, and I will work it into the interview, which will be heard on this coming Sunday’s episode of The FightWorks Podcast.

Don’t miss this chance to ask the champion your question!

Email your questions to me at the address shown on the right side of this page before Thursday!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

ninjamurf June 10, 2008 at 10:40 am

I got one…a couple actually. Is he going to stick with BJJ (defend his title) or switch to MMA a la Roger and the rest? (Jacare, Marcelo, Drysdale, etc.) It almost seems like most of the big names are going into MMA and sort of leaving “competition” BJJ behind. I can’t really blame them as there is a TON of money to be made by these guys if they can make the transition, especially considering that there is almost ZERO dollars in BJJ. What did Xande get for the Mundials? A shiny medal and a big check for $0? I understand that it’s the biggest tournament in the world and it’s a huge honor but still! Does he think that the Mundials, PanAms, and the other tournaments will lose their “prestige factor” in the future due to the exodus of the top guys to MMA?

Radamez June 10, 2008 at 12:52 pm

who did he train judo with ?
flavio canto or jim izuni ?
did he train in hawaii like he did in 2006?
what was preparation like ?

Martin June 10, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Same as the above question. Dose he plan to stick around or move to MMA?

CJJScout June 11, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Talk about the difference between living and training in the US vs. Brazil.

Andrew Banks June 11, 2008 at 9:13 pm

ABout his new school: Are his students going to be University of Jiu-jitsu students or “Ribeiro” students. meaning, is UJJ a hole new project? And looking at their schedule it looks melow aka not many classes. what are his expectations for his new students and his future as an instructor? are they looking for quality or quantity? san diego has alot of BJJ, what makes there BJJ better then other avail? (i’m moving to SD next year). In addition, what is jiu-jitsu meaning to him after all these years of compitition and his thoughts on self-defense of BJJ as many of the schools dont teach anymore (they only teach sport BJJ!). How does he portray the art to his students..old, young, gifted, untalented.. in the end, what does he want to be remembered for? (selfish question–any more super fights comming up like PSL or Black-belt pro-ams? ) thanXX

emanuel santiago June 15, 2008 at 11:39 am

will the uijj students always compete under the gracie hamaita flag? and does he know what organization he will be fighting in if he goes to mma? i think he should just go to the ufc so he can submit anderson silva and the go to dream

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