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The History of Checkmat

Bigger organizations in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu usually give birth to smaller teams after black belts decide to pave their own paths. This is the case with Checkmat. Checkmat was formed by the Viera Brothers, Leo Vieira and Rico Vieira. This happened when the brothers decided to split from Brasa Clube de Jiu-Jitsu. This happened in 2008 …

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Alliance Jiu Jitsu History 

Alliance is one of the most successful teams in both competitions and in the number of affiliations worldwide. Alliance is known for winning the World Championship team trophy for 8 consecutive years from 2008 to 2015 and on top of that, they also had two World Championship team titles in the 1990s from 1998 to …

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The History of ATOS Jiu-Jitsu

ATOS became one of the most dominant teams in BJJ’s competition scenes regardless if it’s in big tournaments held in the US or Asia. With a focus towards competition, ATOS in the 2010s was a force with the likes of Mendes brothers, Bruno Frazato, Andre Galvao, and Claudio Calasans. The team was founded by Andre …

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Nathalia Santoro – Fitness Model, Bodybuilder & Gordon Ryan’s Girlfriend/Sister?

Nathalia Santoro aka Sonny as she’s known by on Instagram is a fitness model, bodybuilder and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt under John Danaher. Aside from all of this, she is probably most known in the BJJ community as Gordon Ryan’s girlfriend. Santoro currently resides in Puerto Rico after moving from New Jersey with Gordon, …

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Gracie Barra: A History

Gracie Barra proved that it is possible to bring BJJ as a martial arts to everyone. As a team and a business, it proved that BJJ gyms can be family-oriented and have kids and working individuals enjoy the gentle art. Though Gracie Barra is one of the most popular teams in the BJJ world, it …

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Rubens ‘Cobrinha’ Charles

Rubens Charles also known as Cobrinha is among the top featherweights, if not considered as one of the greatest BJJ competitors of all-time. Not only did he win the IBJJF Grand Slam winning all the major tournaments, but he also won ADCC that year. His accomplishment being dubbed as Super Grand Slam, Cobrinha is the …

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Andre Galvao

Andre Galvao is the leader of one of the most successful BJJ organizations in the world, Atos. He is also an accomplished competitor himself winning ADCC World Championship multiple times as well as the IBJJF World Championship. Though he says that he is currently retired from competing, many are still wondering if he is going …

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Adam Wardzinski

Adam Wardzinski is the Polish Checkmat standout, and a butterfly wizard who is known for his unique game. Apart from his butterfly game, he is also known for his half guard tactics that catch high-level opponents off-guard. Adam Wardzinski has already faced some of the big names in his division. Adam Wardzinski is also one …

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