#207: Alliance Wins Pans, Rafael Lovato Jr., Budo Jake

by Caleb on April 18, 2010

Alliance Brazilian jiu-jitsu Bruno Malfacine
Alliance’s Bruno Malfacine defeats Brasa’s Felipe Costa for the gold medal in the rooster weight division of the 2010 Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

The 2010 Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship is now in the books, and Alliance continues its winning streak. According to Alliance founder Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti, Alliance came in first place with 146 points, followed by Gracie Barra’s 44 points, and Gracie Humaita’s 21 points. Today on our show we will begin our conversation with Alliance founder “Jacare”, who proudly shares that the competitors just from his own school in Atlanta scored 55 points. We discuss the improving female competition team from Alliance with competitors like Luanna Alzuguir and Gabi Garcia, new stars like heavyweight and absolute champion Bernardo Faria, as well as the internal work Alliance does to keep its standards high.

We’ll also speak with the highest performing American competitor at the Pan Jiu-Jitsu, Rafael Lovato Jr. Lovato earned the second place in the heavyweight division. We will hear what it was like facing Faria, about some more recent techniques seen in tournaments, as well as Lovato’s overall impression of the tournament.

Our third interviewee is Budo Jake, who visits to discuss how Budo decided what to show during their live web stream on Sunday during the finals.

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Brazilian Jiu-jitsu fighters
2010 Pan Jiu-Jitsu heavyweight champions from left to right: Joao Assis (Checkmat, 3rd place), Leo Iturralde (Alliance Atlanta, 3rd place), Bernardo Faria (Alliance, 1st place), Rafael Lovato Jr (Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu, second place).

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Matt Mako May 4, 2010 at 6:03 am

I just heard the discussion of requiring people to be promoted after a set amount of time.

In essence the discussion turned to sandbagging.

I do not believe that the IBJJF should mandate belt promotions.

But if the issue is sand bagging, then the issue is a tournament issue.

If people compete at a certain point, it should become evident that someone is taking too long at say blue belt.

Standing at the podium 4 years running at blue belt should disqualify one from competing at blue belt,

Matt Mako

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