Bruno Alves, a student of Zé Radiola at Gracie Barra Pernambuco, was a finalist at the 2010 Rio Open, losing a hard-fought final against Luis Gustavo in the middleweight black belt division.
This year the promising Gracie Barra rep is targeting the title.
“I’ve competed a lot this year, at nearly all the championships, and I managed to make it to the podium in almost all of them. I ended up getting injured some weeks ago but, even so, I signed up. I couldn’t miss out on this one,” says Bruno.
“I’ve already checked the roster and it’s stacked. We’ll see what happens. I’m stoked just to be able to compete,” he adds.
Besides Bruno there are other stalwart Gracie Barra Pernambuco competitors signed up, like Willian Martins, José Ilson and Andre Galdino.