Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro, the 2008 black belt open and
heavyweight division Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion.
This week on the audio home of Brazilian jiu-jitsu on the internet we have two segments in our show. In the first we speak with Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro, one of BJJ’s toughest competitors in history who now runs the University of Jiu-Jitsu in San Diego alongside his brother Saulo Ribeiro. Xande has just completed production on a new instructional DVD series, and appears to be gearing up for more projects where he can share his jiu-jitsu with the world. Xande’s site is xande.tv.
We also jump on the phone with two black belts from Oklahoma City, Rafael Lovato Jr and Justin Rader. In November the two traveled from Oklahoma to Los Angeles for the 2010 No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship. Lovato, a seasoned black belt competitor, came home with the gold medal in heavyweight division after an encounter with his old foe Roberto “Tussa” Alencar and Rader defeated Carlos “Esquisito” Holanda by referee decision to win the featherweight black belt division in his first event as a black belt! More on Lovato can be found at OKBJJ.com and lovatojr.com.
Justin Rader and Rafael Lovato Jr.. Photo courtesy Lovato.