|BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ 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 its ranking system.
Since its inception in 1914, its parent art of Judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is not solely a martial art: it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life
Born in 1952, Jacare´ began his BJJ training at 11 years old. At the age of 16, he joined the famous Gracie School in Copacabana where he grew up. Jacare´ and the Gracies lived in the same neighborhood, so, he got to met all of them. He was in the same BJJ class as Carlos Gracie Jr., Crolin Gracie, Fabio Santos, Mauricio Gomes, the Machados, Rickson Gracie, and many others.
After competing extensively from 1972 to 1985 and working as an assistant instructor at the Gracie School, Jacare´ opened his first school in Ipenema, Brazil. He soon became one of the most respected instructors in Brazil, going on to found and coach the the famous powerhouse Alliance Team. Among many important titles the Alliance Team has won is seven World Championships (1998/1999/2008/2009/2010/2011/2012). The Alliance is home to world class fighters like Fabio Gurgel (four time World Champion), Marcelo Garcia, Malfacine, Terere, Bernardo Faria, Gabi Garcia, Luanna Alzuguir, Fernando Gurgel, Gigi, Felipe Neto, Cobrinha, Lucas Lepri, Tarsis Humphries, Micheal Lungi, Soluco, Ian McPherson, Rafael Rosenda, Chris Moriarty, Babs, Sergio Moraes, Batista, Diogo, Vlad Williams, Ed Kennedy and many others.
Jacare attended school in New York in the 70′s and came to love this country like his own, so, he moved backed to the US with his family in 1995 and opened his first American school in Miami, FL. He later moved to Atlanta in late 1996 and quickly established a very successful school. He developed a very solid team with competitors like Bull Shaw, Elijah Gardner, Ron Miller, Jason Miller, Ryan Ellison, Damien Stely, Jeff Joslin, Pat Harvey, Kenny McClendon, Chad LeBrun, and many others. Jacare`s school is now the main school in the Southeast US for BJJ, self-defense, and mixed martial arts (MMA).
Respected and recognized for his outstanding technique and expertise in training competitive fighters for over twenty years, Jacare´, in association with Matt Larson, was chosen by the Army Rangers in Fort Benning, GA. and several Law Enforcement Agencies as their main instructor. He makes his system very easy to learn and his classes are fun and exciting where everyone is treated like family. Jacare´ says BJJ has made him a better person by teaching him patience, respect, and confidence.