Fabio Gurgel, the leader of Alliance in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
This weekend the 2010 Pan Jiu-Jitsu Tournament is underway in Irvine, California. The Pan, formerly referred to as the Pan-Ams, is widely regarded as one of the most important Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions held anywhere in the world. As of this writing, none of the champions have been decided yet but yesterday was full of very high-end talent. We will reflect on some of the action with Alliance Jiu-Jitsu’s Fabio “The General” Gurgel, the Sao Paulo-based instructor who is responsible for some of the most dominant jiu-jitsu competitors today.
The majority of our show today is a conversation with Antonio Antonioli, a brown belt in jiu-jitsu from Porto Alegre, Brazil. Most of us have an idea of what we think Brazilian jiu-jitsu is, and we know what our personal experience in jiu-jitsu is like, but not many of us have experienced jiu-jitsu from Brazil itself. Antonioli will give us a glimpse into the everyday way jiu-jitsu is felt by the multitudes back in the nest of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Antonio Antonioli (left) demonstrates a half guard position with Alex Brandao.