Wednesday, July 30, 2008


12 Men to the Middle East
Carlao hires black belts to teach Jiu-Jitsu in the Emirates

At the entrance way to a flat in Ipanema, near where the writer and journalist Nelsinho Motta catches a cab, to go catch a bite somewhere, Adriano Ornellas still celebrates.

Former security to Brazilian musicians Zeze de Camargo, Luciano and Scheilla Carvalho, the BTT black belt was champion in the senior 1 black belt category yesterday, but this Monday he's happy for other reasons. He will be one of the Brazilians to, starting this September 10, move to Abu Dhabi to teach Jiu-Jitsu to children between the ages of 10 and 14, in 12 schools throughout the capital of the United Arab Emirates. "I always dreamed of making a living off Jiu-Jitsu. Now I have everything I need to fulfill this dream," says Ornellas.

The team, completed yesterday's afternoon and officially introduced to, is made up of Paulo Ricardo “Paulito”, Uira Sul, Ricardo Neira, Marcinho Lívio, Bernardo Cruz, Marcelo da Silva, Julio Cesar Gomes, Pedro Lott, Mohammad Jehad, Tiego Fernandes and Leandro Polônio – who will join up with Olavo Abreu, Suyan Queiroz, Ricardinho Brandão, Marcelo Motta and Sid Jacintho, who already live there.

The project was put together throught the partnership between Carlos Santos and Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed, brother to Sheikh Tahnoon and leader of the Emirates. "This 'School-Jitsu' partnership will be installed in the schools of the Abu Dhabi, with Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense classes, showing their educational, sporting and cultural qualities, with the aim of making Jiu-Jitsu a national sport in the country," says Carlao, leader of Emirates Team.

"We would like not only good athletes, but honest and proper instructors. We did some research and came up with these 12 names, who today signed a contract to teach class over there for two years, with a health care package for their families and decent salaries. They now are employees of the state - of Abu Dhabi. We want to work on making it to all the schools in the country, and Sheikh Mohammad even asked me to take three female black belt, to teach class to the girls. It's a project for 2009, I believe."
A Palestinian nationalized Brazilian, instructor Mohammad Jehad is the only one already with experience in teaching children in the Middle East: "Some of the customs are different, but kids are kids. This project is typical of a visionary statesman like Sheikh Mohammad, in the end Jiu-Jitsu will mold and influence the character of the youths for ever. And ten years from now we will reap the fruits in championships too."


Medals and emotions in Tijuca
Sergio Moraes, Vella and Kyra shine at Rio Open

After they shut out the absolute category on Saturday, Sergio Moraes and Gabriel Vella reigned supreme at black belt at the Rio International Open. On Sunday, the two Alliance athletes won the middleweight and ultra heavyweight categories. Fabio Gurgel's team also took the lightweight division, with Michael Langhi. Serginho commented on his good performance and confirmed his star status after the 2008 Worlds, when he surprised everyone by submitting Kron Gracie and taking the middleweight category by storm: "Thank the Lord I've been managing to get marvelous results this whole year. There's no such thing as being invincible, but what is important is to always be strong."

Saturday, July 19, 2008


This past Thursday we had a special guest at EMAC, Prof. Carlos Santos. Taking time from his vacation, he stopped by to watch class and answer a few questions with BJJ-ASIA. Having already interviewed Prof. Santos earlier this year, we took a few moments to catch up with what he's been working on.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008


The Rio International Open and the
International Masters and
Seniors tournament
take place on July 24 - 27
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Date: 30th & 31st August 2008
Venue: SAFRA Tampines. 1/A Tampines Street 92 Singapore 528882.

(10min from Changi International Airport Singapore)


1) White Belt (novice)

2) White Belt (advance)

3) Blue Belt

4) No GI (novice)

5) No GI (advance)

For more information, email

Friday, July 04, 2008


Disneyland Resort Paris BJJ Open -
26th to the 28th September 2008
Disneyland Resort Paris


Ali & Sons - Volkswagen sponsor

Abu Dhabi International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Cup.

Ali & Sons - Volkswagen sponsored the second major Jiu Jitsu championship being organised in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Over 150 competitors including 50 from the UAE pitted their skills against one another in the two-day Asian Jiu Jitsu Championship. The event was held at the UAE Wrestling and Judo Federation arena and nearly 30 countries were represented in what was one of the biggest Jiu Jitsu events at the Asian level.

Volkswagen Touareg, Volkswagen Passat, the new Volkswagen Eos and Volkswagen Mulitivan were on display with superb branding to further enhance the Volkswagen image amongst the elite locals and arab expatriates.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008



Brazilian Jiu Jitsu programs benefits

Better dealings with friends & family

Feel happier, healthier and more energetic

Great workout and fantastic stress relief

Enjoy camaraderie & positive atmosphere

Greater self-confidence with ability to protect themselves and loved ones


Carlao makes Middle East history
Black belt promotes first Arab woman purple belt

Representing the Gracie Magazine Association in the Middle East, Carlao Santos has sent in good news direct from the United Arab Emirates. The black belt has announced the promotion of the first Middle Eastern woman to earn her purple belt. The fighter answers to the name Ghalia Baggily, and has been part of the Dubai group since the beginning of activities in the city, in 2004.


Jiu-Jitsu to invade New York

IBJJF announces No-Gi Pan-Am
Another proof that Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t stop growing in the United States. Traditionally concentrated in California, the biggest gi events (Worlds and Pan-American) will now have the company of a “cousin” on the East Coast. The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJFF) has just announced the creation of the No-Gi Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

The competition is scheduled for the 4th of October, and will be held at the traditional New York City College.
The promoters’ expectation is for the no-gi Pan to attain the same success as the no-gi Worlds, whose second edition is set for the 9th and 10th of August, in Carson, California.
Stay tuned for more information on the No-Gi Pan-American

Tuesday, July 01, 2008