Mysterious Gigi ready for International, as is all of Alliance

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The International Masters and Seniors is coming up July 22, aiming the spotlight on the great competitors of Jiu-Jitsu past. Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva is one of them. Since his day wowing the crowd in the adult dispute, he went on to become a marked presence in the veteran competition.

“When I compete I always go in to win, there’s no other way. But there’s something different about the International Masters: being able to see a gang that’s been competing for a long time. So there’s nostalgia to it. There’s still the desire to compete and win, but we see folks who had disappeared competing again and that’s really cool. And folks go there to watch those people,” he remarks to GRACIEMAG.com.

Alexandre Paiva and Master Romero Jacaré. Photo: Carlos Ozório

“It’s the desire to compete, the adrenaline. We think, ‘shoot, I don’t think I’m going to compete anymore. But once the competition’s over there’s the desire to compete again the very next week. It’s that desire to overcome, to test one’s self, to push the limits and get in shape. There are several factors that make us compete. I look to participate in other sports, like Hawaiian canoeing, among others. I do several activities, but Jiu-Jitsu’s my home.”

Gigi will compete at middleweight, but he prefers to keep the age group he will be in a mystery. There may be a surprise lurking there.

“I don’t know if I’m going in as a senior 1, senior 2 or even a master. I have yet to decide.”

Only one thing is certain: Alliance will go in with a strong team to try and dethrone Gracie Humaitá, which has been dominating the competition.

“The team is really big, with a contingent from Rio, São Paulo and all over the world. We’ve won this title before, but Gracie Humatá took it and doesn’t want to give it back. But this year we’re going to try and get it back. We’ll see!” he says in finishing.

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There are 14 comments for this article
  1. BJJ at 10:40 pm

    Gracie Barra is the current champion winning this tournament last year (2009) by teams.
    You guys should review & fix this article.

  2. John Tabor at 2:22 am

    Hey BJJ, thanks for the input. You’re right about who the current team champion being Gracie Barra. Thing is that the info presented is in a quote from Gigi himself, so fixing that would mean misquoting him or adding an asterix explaining… But I think what he meant was just that Gracie Humaita has been pretty dominant over the last few years, and he perhaps forgot who won it last time. I’ll run the issue by the others to see what we should do in this case. Thanks again!

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