Fabio Gurgel (left) celebrates with Alliance’s Bruno Malfacine at the 2011 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship in Long Beach, California.
The 2011 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship is behind us, and once again it served us well. We have confirmed who the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu athletes on the planet are, and all of us are even more inspired to go hit the mats and train more jiu-jitsu! With 2,300 competitors from all over the world (including the debut of Team Mongolia!), the event was the largest ever and by all accounts was a huge success.
Today on The FightWorks Podcast we will step back and reflect on the event with two important personalities from the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community.
Fabio “The General” Gurgel is one of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu‘s leaders alongside founder “Jacare” Cavalcanti. Alliance is the most successful jiu-jitsu team in recent years (possibly of all time) and by winning the most team points at the 2011 BJJ Worlds, achieved the unprecedented “Grand Slam” of jiu-jitsu competition: they won the team trophies at the European Championship, the Brazilian National Championship (also known as the “Brasileiros”), the Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship, and now the World Championship. Fabio joins us to discuss the historic rampage Alliance has been on and possibly uncover the secret to their success.
Luca Atalla‘s perch at his editorial desk as editor-in-chief and founder of Gracie Magazine and time on the mats as a Gracie Barra black belt have given him a rare exposure to the development of jiu-jitsu over the years. Not only has Atalla reported on every BJJ World Championship, he even competed in the very first “Mundials” back in 1996. We will discuss last weekend’s jiu-jitsu stars and bright prospects, and compare this event to the early years of our sport’s competition scene.