Fabio Gurgel, Mauricio Shogun & Co. training Jiu-Jitsu at Alliance

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Mauricio Shogun Rua with Fabio Gurgel at Alliance Jiu-Jitsu academy, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Jair Lacerda/GRACIEMAG

Fabio Gurgel and Mauricio Rua having fun during Jiu-Jitsu training, in São Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Jair Lacerda/GRACIEMAG

Every week, Alliance academy in São Paulo has its Casual Friday, and not a soul in the gym wears a coat. Last Friday was a gala occasion, however, as a special guest put in an appearance—or reappearance. And GRACIEMAG.com was there to witness it. To everyone’s delight, Mauricio Shogun didn’t want to even hear about ceremony and dove right in, swapping sweeps and footlocks with the heavyweights at Fabio Gurgel’s academy, such as Antonio “Batista” Peinado and Tarsis Humphreys.

“Shogun’s a Jiu-Jitsu black belt. He knows his way around on the ground. Here at the gym we don’t have MMA-focused training but we have been making the most of this partnership, which began with Sérgio [Moraes] and André Dida at the ‘TUF’ house,” explains Gurgel. He too was caught hitting the No-Gi training hard, in preparation for his ADCC 2013 supermatch with Zé Mario Sperry.

“I really like working on Jiu-Jitsu, and I learned so much here at Alliance in such a short time. I can only thank Fabio and the rest,” Shogun said in praise.

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