#229: Xande Ribeiro, Rafael Lovato Jr., and Justin Rader

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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.

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Justin Rader and Rafael Lovato Jr.. Photo courtesy Lovato.

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One Reply to “#229: Xande Ribeiro, Rafael Lovato Jr., and Justin Rader”

  1. Are other athletes annoyed by bastardizations of bjj rules at tournaments and how much do they desire consistency in the rules?
    I was looking forward to traveling to a tournament until I read their rules and decided not to participate. 3 poins for AVOIDING guard? If I don’t show up for the tournament do I get 3 points for avoiding guard?
    Gi top but no pants and shoes allowed?
    Progressive scoring was listed with this example “if you are in you opponents guard and sweep them to side control you will get pass points, sweep points, and side, side control points” what the hell is that?
    I look to compete anywhere I can, but developing a game for so many goofy sets of rules is not fun to me. I think in part this due to some people who focus on MMA dabling in bjj?

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