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Rodolfo Vieira: GF Team

Rodolfo Vieira is one of the top competitors in Jiu Jitsu’s Pesado weight division. A black belt under the illustrious Master Julio Cesar and fighting out of GF Team (Grappling Fight Team) in Rio de Janeiro, Rodolfo became an overnight sensation in 2009 after he won the World Pro Cup North Brazilian trials as a brown belt, being imediately labelled “black belt hunter” by the BJJ’s media. He has since been awarded his black belt and became one of the top fighters of his division winning several important tournaments.

Rodolfo Vieira vs Ruben Charles

Rodolfo Vieira in Detail

Name: Rodolfo Vieira Srour

Nickname: “Caçador dos Faixas Pretas” Translated “The Black Belt Hunter”. The nickname was given after Rodolfo won the World Pro Cup Trials in the Brown/Black Belt Division, wining against several fights against Black Belts when he was still a Brown Belt.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Luis Franca > Oswaldo Fadda > Moacir Salomão > Julio Cesar Pereira > Rodolfo Vieira
Main Achievements:

  • 2x World Champion (2011 weight & absolute);
  • 2x World Pro Cup Champion (2011 weight & absolute);
  • 2x Pan American Champion (2011 weight and absolute);
  • 3x Rio Open Champion (2009, 2010 weight & absolute);
  • World Champion (2008 Brown Belt Absolute Division);
  • 4x Brazilian National Champion (2007 and 2008 weight and absolute – blue and purple);
  • 3x World Pro Cup Trial Winner (2009, 2011 weight and absolute)

Rodolfo Vieira vs Diogo Araujo (2011)

Notable BJJ Figures defeated by Rodolfo Vieira:

Weight Category: Peso Pesado – Heavyweight (94kg-207lbs).

Favourite Technique: Cross Choke from the Back.

Rudolfo Vieira Association/Team BJJ: GFT (Grappling Fight Team) – Former Universidade Gama Filho.

Rodolfo Vieira vs Mario Reis (2010)

Rodolfo Vieira Merchandise:

Rodolfo Vieira Biography

Rodolfo Vieira was born on the 25th of September, 1989 in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. He started his training in Jiu Jitsu to help him lose weight when he was 13 years old with coaches Arlans Maia and Bruno Souza. Rodolfo trained and competed for the pair achieving blue belt at the academy. He then changed to Universidade Gama filho (that is now called GFTeam – Grapple Fight Team) and stayed there being awarded his black belt by the Grappling Fight Team leader and head coach Mestre Julio Cesar Pereira.

Rodolfo Vieira became an overnight sensation in the world of Jiu Jitsu in 2009 after winning the World Pro Cup Brazilian Trials in combined division of brown & black belt, conquering the 1st spot as a brown belt against high level black belts with tons of experience in top tournaments. He repeated the deed in January 2011, this time as an established black belt winning his weight and the open weight division in the Brazilian trials of the World Pro Cup and also winning the finals in Abu Dhabi. That same years he also conquered the Pan American championships in his weight and the absolute weight divisions.

Rodolfo Vieira’s Run at the World Jiu Jitsu Championships 2011

Rodolfo Vieira

Absolute Rodolfo Vieira Matt Jubera Triangle 1st
Absolute Rodolfo Vieira Claudio Calasans Armbar 2nd
Absolute Rodolfo Vieira Sergio Moraes Points (8×0) 1/4 Finals
Absolute Rodolfo Vieira Buchecha Armbar Semi Finals
Absolute Rodolfo Vieira Bernardo Faria Points (9×0) Final
Pesado Rodolfo Vieira Dustin Denes 26×0 2nd
Pesado Rodolfo Vieira Gybson Sá Armbar 1/4 Finals
Pesado Rodolfo Vieira Rafael Lovato Points (20×2) Semi Final
Pesado Rodolfo Vieira Bernardo Faria Points (3×0) Final

Rodolfo Vieira vs Claudio Calasans (2010)

Rodolfo Srour x Antonio Peinado

History of Jiu Jitsu: Oswaldo Fadda, Luis Franca, Wendel Alexander, Nova União and Non Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Nova Uniao Wendell Alexander

Nova Uniao is the product of the combination of two of the most storied lineages in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools in the world. It has been home to multiple World Champions in both grappling and Mixed Martial Arts. From Vitor “Shaolin” Riberio, B.J. Penn, Robson Moura, Leonardo Santos, to Jose Aldo the gym has played host to generations of talent and success.

Andre Pederneiras Shooto

Andre Pederneiras was one of the founders and was a black belt under the great Carlson Gracie, the first Gracie to teach the full range of Jiu-Jitsu techniques to students outside the Gracie family. The co-founder of Nova Uniao was Wendell Alexander, who is a key member of one of the most unique lineages in all of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Alexander is one of the few men who can claim a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lineage that is clear of any Gracie. Unlike the vast majority of BJJ players who trace their instructors back through Carlos Gracie, Alexander’s black belt traces directly back to Mitsuyo Maeda. Maeda taught his Kodokan Judo, blended with some catch wrestling he had learned while traveling Europe, to several students in Brazil, most famously Carlos Gracie. One of Maeda’s first students was Luis Franca, a man who sadly little is written.

Wendell Alexander



In 1937, Franca took a student of his own, and while Helio Gracie was learning Jiu-Jitsu for the first time so was young Oswaldo Fadda. Fadda would earn his black belt in 1942 and began to given lessons on the outskirts of Rio. By this time the Gracie family had the made the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu well known but many of their prices for instruction were steep and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was a martial art of the middle and upper class. Fadda taught his lessons in public areas, opening techniques to lower classes for no charge.  In 1950, Fadda and his students finally were able to open their own academy just outside of Rio. The school specialized on footlocks before the rise of Luta Livre made the techniques commonplace in Brazilian grappling.

In 1951, Fadda challenged the Gracie Academy in Rio through the Globo Journal famously stating “We wish to challenge the Gracies, we respect them like the formidable adversaries they are but we do not fear them. We have 20 pupils ready for the dispute.” Helio invited Fadda and his students to a competition at the Gracie Academy. Fadda’s students defeated Helio’s, many of them using foot locks though one Fadda student did choke a Gracie student unconscious. While the Gracie’s scoffed at the use of footlocks, referring to it as a “suburban technique”, they declared Fadda’s victory as a sign that Jiu-Jitsu belonged to everyone.

Oswaldo Fadda

The Globo covered the event and gave Fadda excellent press and new students flocked to his academy, as well as tough man challengers. Over the years Fadda and his students defeated all comers. Fadda would earn the fabled 9th degree rank of red belt, the highest honor bestowed to a non-Gracie. One of Fadda’s students, Sebastiao Ricardo would become instructor to Wendell Alexander. Alexander began training at the age of 4 in 1970 under Geraldo Flores.  Alexander went from toddler to purple belt under Flores, but when Flores moved away Alexander turned to Sebastiao Ricardo. Alexander worked hard under Ricardo, and earned his black belt in 1986. Sebastiao asked Alexander to take over his academy. And when Alexander accepted Sebastiao disappeared, and has not been seen since. Alexander proved an able teacher, if a tentative competitor.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s there was not much in the way of competition and Alexander by his own admission did not have to the energy to seek out the elite competition. That said he did win gold at the first IBJJF Pan Ams in 1996 in the Masters (30-35 years old) Black Belt division. Despite not having a competitive fire himself, Alexander’s academy in the late 1990s had many successful students in the younger age groups and lower belt divisions. It was during his time coaching that he met Andre Pederneiras, who also had a very young and talented group of students, but neither of their schools could compete with the sheer weight of numbers of the major teams like Gracie Barra and Alliance. In 1995 they decided to merge their academies in order to compete in the quickly evolving world of sport jiu-jitsu. Together they opened the Nova Uniao Jiu-Jitsu Academy, which combined the very decorated lineages of Carlson Gracie and Oswaldo Fadda to great effect. Some of the school’s first successes were Robson Moura who would become regarded as one of the best BJJ players ever and guiding the young B.J. Penn to become the first American to win a World Championship in 2000.

One of Alexander’s students that would emerge in the 2000s was Leonardo Santos. Santos, like his teacher, started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 4 and while Santos enjoyed playing soccer as a youth he was raised in a Jiu-Jitsu family and felt obligated to train.

Santos would grow up under the tutelage of Alexander and become one of the most technical, dynamic and greatest BJJ Lightweights of all time. Santos would medal at IBJJF Worlds in 2000 and 2001, but he became discontented with the IBJFF and declared he would only compete for cash prizes. Santos would then join a rival organization that would become the Confederation of Sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CBJJE) that tried to attract top talent by offering cash prizes.

Leo Santos

Santos would go undefeated for five years on the World Cup circuit and won the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 CBJJO World Cups.

Santos also became involved in the ADCC Submission Grappling Championships in 2005 and entered into a very competitive field that included Renzo Grace, Georges St. Pierre, Jake Shields, Shinya Aoki, Pablo Popovitch and Marcelo Gracia.

Santos defeated future UFC Champion Georges St. Pierre in the quarterfinals…

After ADCCs Santos took a break from competitive grappling to help his brother Wagnney Fabiano open an academy and then Santos shifted his focus to MMA.

Fighters like Leo Santos, Wendell Alexander, Oswaldo Fadda and others like Marcelo Pereira who trace their lineages back to Mitsuyo Maeda with no Gracie present keep Luis Franca’s lineage alive today. It remains an important and under valued aspect of a martial art that is so dominated by one family and this lineage is proof that Jiu-Jitsu indeed belongs to everyone.


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