The most successful Jiu-Jitsu team in the history of the sport, the Academia Alliance has a brilliant list of achievements with 9 successive World titles as a team (from 2008 to 2016) to add to two previous World trophies achieved in the 1990’s (98 & 99). The academy suffered from internal problems at the turn of the century, seeing most of it’s black belt team leaving to form rival organizations. This event had Alliance spending a few years in the sidelines of the World IBJJF podium, but being the colossus it proved to be, the team came back to life with the “General” Fabio Gurgel, Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva and Romero Cavalcanti as the leaders of the group. Since it’s rebirth as a force in the sport, Alliance Jiu-Jitsu has set the standard within the new age of professionalized BJJ through talent, hard work strong logistics.
Alliance BJJ History
Romero Cavalcanti, famously known by his war name: Jacaré, trained for may years with Rolls Gracie, earning his black belt from this BJJ legend. After his master’s death Jacaré spent some time training alongside Rickson Gracie, before leaving the Gracie Academy in the 1980’s to form his own team. This team, named Jacare Jiu-Jitsu, formed remendous talent proving that Romero Cavalcanti was an elite coach. As time went by, a few of Jacare’s top black belts left the club to progress as coaches themselves, a natural path for most BJJ black belts.
The competitions at the time were dominated mainly by the Carlson Gracie team and the Gracie Team. As Cavalcanti had few chances to rival against big academies such as the aforementioned, he decided to join forces with his former students and this way pose a threat to the podium steps at the bigger tournaments. It was then that Alliance Jiu-Jitsu was formed, having has its founders: Romero Jacare, Fabio Gurgel, Fernando Gurgel and Alexandre Paiva.