Last Saturday a heaping helping of emotions and surprises were served up at the Alliance academy branch in the Leblon neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, where Alexandre Paiva is in command.
It was a sunny day but “Gigi’s” students put off going to the beach, to put on their gis. The dojo was packed for a special reason: Romero Jacaré, a red-and-black belt, founder of the team and mentor to Paiva and Fabio Gurgel, was there for a rare visit.
Jacaré explained the six-time world championship-winning team’s guidelines and delved deep into the subject of making it to back mount. The troop trained to exhaustion for approximately two hours. Romero hid nothing, as can be seen in the video below, and taught his great tricks and techniques – the same ones that panned out with champions like Rubens Cobrinha and Marcelo Garcia and so many others.
But there was still emotion in store on the day. Alexandre Paiva promoted his nephew Lucas to purple belt and his son Victor Paiva, who has been standing out at Alliance lately, to brown belt.
Learn from Jacaré and check out the emotions in the video and photos below: