Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro, the 2008 black belt open and
heavyweight division Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu family! We’ve done it again! We have a colossus of a show for you this time on The FightWorks Podcast, your home for BJJ audio news online.
Coming fresh off the 2008 BJJ Mundials, the main feature of our show this time is a long conversation with Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro. Yes, we’ve had Xande on the show in the past. The difference this time? All the questions were submitted by you, the Mighty 600,000!
We will also speak with Luca Atalla, the editor-in-chief of Gracie Magazine and get his thoughts on this year’s World Championships. Atalla has some commentary on this year’s BJJ Mundials, Roger Gracie, and much more!
EXCERPT OF CONVERSATION WITH LUCA ATALLA
The FightWorks Podcast: Okay we’re here with Luca Atalla, the editor in chief of Gracie Magazine and we’re here to talk about the Mundials. Luca how are you?
Luca Atalla: I’m fine!
The FightWorks Podcast: What were your opinions [about the Mundials]?
Luca Atalla: I have an opinion, not just about the Mundials, but about jiu-jitsu, and that is that it keeps evolving. The most important thing is the development of the martial arts. In my point of view the technique is always improving. The fighters who are coming in in first place are better than those of last year.
The FightWorks Podcast: So you’re saying that the guys who are winning the absolute division are a different class of jiu-jitsu fighter than three, four, or five years ago?
Luca Atalla: Surely. It’s easy for me to say that because I train as well, and I can say that if you stop a while, you lose it. You have to keep up to date. When you train, and when you fight at such a high level, it’s natural [to improve]. Not just in jiu-jitsu but in everything in life. If you just keep doing it, you’re going to get better. So that’s what’s happening with the top level fighters.
The FightWorks Podcast: Can you talk to our listeners about the finals match in the absolute division between Roger Gracie and Xande Ribeiro?
Luca Atalla: They are both great athletes. They’re both at the top level. From long ago Xande won the Pan-Americans, in 2000 or 2001, I don’t remember… in black belt, that is. So it’s been seven or eight years that he’s been in first place.