Three Jiu-Jitsu black belt champions who have earned a new title

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Three Jiu-Jitsu black belts have been promoted to a new role: Dad. These GMA members have accomplished many titles on the competition mats, built successful academies and have now begun their new endeavors of fatherhood with their first child/children.

Bruno Bastos expects boy in September

Already named Joao Lucas Bastos, this GMA member from Texas is expecting his first son with new wife Petya. Due in September, this child will be avid for learning martial arts as mom is also a black belt but in Judo. One of Nova Uniao’s leaders in the U.S., Bruno is very excited for the newest team member.

Mat parents. Photo: Personal Archive

Romulo Barral expects girl in November

Gracie Barra’s Romulo Barral is an avid competitor with more than a handful of world champion titles but now he’s up for a new type of goal: being a father. Romulo and wife Janaina announced their pregnancy while celebrating their anniversary with another wedding. The two are expecting a girl later in the year as their first child. With their female program growing steadily at their Gracie Barra Northridge academy, their new addition will soon add to the bunch.

Romulo and Janaina expecting a girl. Photo: Personal Archive

Marcelo Garcia expects twins at the end of the year

After accomplishing the most prestigious titles in Jiu-Jitsu, Marcelo has turned his focus to his students after winning his last ADCC title in 2011. Today, he focuses on wife Tatiana’s pregnancy as they plan for two children later this year. One child is confirmed as a boy, the other will be determined next week. The couple met through Jiu-Jitsu when Marcelo was given aid in registering for a tournament by then competitive superstar Tatiana. She is also a black belt under Alliance leader Fabio Gurgel and while they say that Jiu-Jitsu will not be mandatory, the talent will certainly be passed down regardless. As Marcelo always says, “two-on-one.”

Marcelo and Tatiani Garcia announce the twins at their recent belt ceremony. Photo: Gilmatic

Congratulations to our expecting GMA members who have had new doors open in their lives. The future generation of Jiu-Jitsu legends are coming!


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