Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system
that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. The art was derived
from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century. It
teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger,
stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique—most notably by
applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi)
and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self defense. Sparring
(commonly referred to as 'rolling') and live drilling play a major role in training,
and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in
relation to progress and ascension through the grades/belts.
NORTHEAST BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU / TEAM ALLIANCE instructors Jesse Bruchac [bio] and Jim Bruchac [bio] are lifelong martial
artists. They both were awarded their BJJ black belts by Alliance founder Romero Jacare Cavalcanti. They continue to train Marcelo Garcia at his academy in NYC on a regular basis. This is done to both improve their own knowledge and ability and more importantly allow them to become better instructors. They also compete regularly and have won gold in over a dozen gi and nogi IBJJF International Opens from New York to Toronto as well as recent double gold in the Nogi Pan American Championship.
Jim Bruchac is the founder of Saratoga Kyokushin. Jesse co-founded Western
New York Mixed Martial Arts (WNYMMA) which has thrived and helped produce major BJJ
competitors and MMA talent. After WNYMMA became a part of Alliance Jim and
Jesse soon followed suit. They have both completed Phase 1 of the Alliance Instructor Course, Jesse has also completed Phase 2 of the Alliance Instructor Course. The fundamental techniques within the course act as the foundation for the entire BJJ
program at NEBJJ. While both Jim and Jesse have competed in and won
many BJJ competitions, they are most excited to bring the excellence of Alliance BJJ to
their home town and to help others discover the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu defined
whether it is to become a competitor, to get into better shape, or just to train in one of
the most exciting and effective martial arts and self defense systems in the world in a
fun and supportive environment.
Alliance Jiu Jitsu Arguably the most successful Jiu Jitsu team in recent history, the "Academia Alliance" has a brilliant list of achievements with 7 successive World team titles (from 2008 to 2014) to add to two previous World trophies achieved in the 1990's (98 & 99). Alliance was founded by
Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti and his students Fabio Gurgel, Alexandre Paiva and
Fernando Gurgel. Alliance Global headquarters is in Atlanta, Georgia at the
Alliance Martial Arts Academy, where "Jacare" is the head instructor. Fabio Gurgel,
also called the "General" is the co-leader of Alliance and the head instructor at
Alliance Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Alexandre "Gigi" Paiva heads the third
main Alliance academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Alliance won all major competitions
in 2010, winning the European Championship, Pan American Championship, and
the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the same year, an accomplishment which has
never been achieved by any other team in history.
Master Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti was born in 1952, beginning
his jiu-jitsu training at age eleven, and eventually joined the famous
Gracie school in Copacabana, Brazil, where he grew up. In 1982
he was awarded the rank of black belt from the legendary Rolls
Gracie, later opening his own school, and eventually forming
one of the most successful and respected teams in the world of
grappling: Alliance. With his students collectively, including the
likes of Fabio Gurgel, Alexandre Paiva, Leo Vieira, Roberto Traven,
Marcelo Garcia and Rodrigo Medieros, Alliance has won countless
championships.Today Jacare is a 7th degree black belt with his
operations based out of Atlanta Georgia. In 2005 he was inducted into the Grappling
Hall of Fame. There are representatives of the Alliance team stretching across the globe;
The United States, Canada, England, France, Greece, Croatia, and of course, Brazil. For more information on Alliance BJJ, visit
History of Alliance on BJJ Heroes
NEBJJ CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals (Adult & Teen)
With a strong focus on self-defense, our fundamental class incorporates the same jiu jitsu first taught at the original Gracie academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the 1960’s. The class is designed to prepare students for both self-defense, and sport jiu jitsu while at the same time improving cardiovascular endurance, balance, and coordination. Class format consists of the following; a light warm-up, 2-3 techniques are shown, and finally several drills are performed. The drills are our secret to successful teaching, and are equivalent to sparing for beginners, but are done with little resistance to reinforce proper technique. There is very little, to no full-contact sparring in the fundamental class. Our founders, Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti and Fabio Gurgel believe this is key in the evolution of beginning jiu jitsu students. Three month class, offered three times a week. If you ever wanted to learn basic Jiu-jitsu in a safe, family environment this is the class for you! For children ages 7-12 check out our Kyokushin kids classes which offer a combination of both Kyokushin and BJJ Fundamentals.
Intermediate-Advanced BJJ (Adult & Teen Restricted to rank)
Focused on the science of Brazilian jiu jitsu, this class is perfect for professional MMA fighters, hobbyists, and students who wish to focus on the sport/competition aspect of jiu jitsu. Classes include warm-ups, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques, positional specific training exercises, and free sparring. Theses classes are extremely important for developing the ability to apply the techniques you have learned on a fully resisting training partner. In order to prevent injuries, we focus on providing a safe, and friendly atmosphere. The Alliance system has been proven to be the premier teaching methodology in the world. Required apparel include a Judo or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi, a rash guard is optional but recommended, and mouth and groin protection.
No-Gi Jiu Jitsu (Adult & Teen)
Our no-gi class is perfect for grapplers of all levels. Focused on takedowns, arm-dags, high percentage submissions and precise guard passing; this class has a similar format as our advanced BJJ class. Required apparel include grappling or MMA shorts with no pockets. Short or long sleeve rash guard, and mouth and groin protection.
NEBJJ COMPETITION TEAM PHOTOS:
NAGA ALBANY 2015
NAGA LAKE GEORGE
Grapplers Quest World Championship Finals 2013
IBJJF New York Summer Open 2013
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NEBJJ RANKING HISTORY
The official database of the belts awarded atNEBJJ. Including names, dates, photos and more!
NEBJJ & SPECIAL GUESTS
In addition to our excellent in house instructors, several times each year we are visited by Alliance World Champions and special guest instructors to help us with our training .... see pics from past visits here.
WEEKLY TRAINING @ MGA NYC
We make regular trips to NYC to train at Marcelo Garcia/Alliance. NEBBJ Jiu-Jitsu students of all levels are welcome to join us on one of our trips down. Usually on a Monday or Wednesday.