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Walter "King Lobão" Faustino
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King Lobão: The Rise of Jiu Jitsu in Angola

Their capital, Luanda, is home to a small number of BJJ athletes, but a surprisingly large number of highly organized events. All of it is thanks to a man named King Lobão. He’s made some major moves in the BJJ industry, that over unnoticed by the majority of the BJJ community.

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Manny Ray Gonzales Defund Racist Jiu Jitsu
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Manny Ray Gonzales Enrages Sacramento BJJ Community with Racist Remarks.

Manny Ray Gonzales has become quite the case study of what racism in jiu-jitsu looks like. The situation started after losing a 12-year-old competitor, who felt that it was time to move on to a new gym with new challenges. This is a painful part of the natural lifecycle of an athlete and a coach, and Manny did not adjust well.

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Mestre Imbo Bison Tample Jiujitsu
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Mario Stefan Talks About Jiu-Jitsu Traditional in Angola

Mario Stefan is a black belt in Angolan jiu-jitsu tradicional, a special form of the Arte Suave that takes its name due to the use of “traditional” standing attacks and the incorporation of weapons. Otherwise, it’s far from what any of us would consider traditional in the normal sense.

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Projects & Parole Reform: Alexandre Ribeiro Lays the BluePrint

In Rio’s peripheral communities, social projects have shown an increasing impact on reducing recidivism rates by providing alternative options to people who need it the most.Terere Kids Project instructor Alexandre Ribeiro, known as Buda, is a perfect example of how social projects can provide successful transition programs for convicted felons.

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Terere Kids Project: From the Favela to Oxford

In 2018, Gabriele Paone could often be spotted rolling through the favela with Alexandre “Buda” Ribeiro and the rest of the crew from Terere Kids Project. TKP is a small project, but thanks to its namesake, 5x World Champion Fernando Terere, it has a huge international presence. If you search social projects and/or jiu-jitsu, you’re likely to stumble onto the small project located at the base of the Cantagalo favela in Ipanema.

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