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This past weekend, on Saturday October 24th 2015, Over 120 people , including 10 Alliance Black Belts, came together to train some amazing Jiu-jitsu. Twisted Fitness (Madison, WI) and Evolution MMA (Chicago, IL), two power house Midwestern Academies, teamed up to put on an amazing seminar. Both Academies are Part of the 10x Reigning World Championship team known as Alliance. Alliance has proven itself over and over again to be the top competition Jiu-jitsu team in the entire world. The reason being, is the systems they have put in place to continue to create champions generation after generation. This seminar was to be a testament to everything the Alliance Academies have been working towards in the Midwest. Joined by The Alliance Academies from Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota, The Wisconsin and Illinois Academies had planned a weekend full of some amazing leadership and great training. To lead the way, they flew in Alliance Founder, Head Coach, and 7th Degree Red and Black belt, Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti. Jacare (Or Alligator in Portuguese) has been training BJJ for over 40 years and is responsible from bringing together some of the greatest minds in competition Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to form a powerhouse Team in Alliance. It was important for Jacare to bring his amazing leadership to this Seminar, as it was the first side outside of competition that all the team mates have had the chance to get together and share some team camaraderie and training. In Attendance to teach at the Seminar were two Multiple time Black Belt World Champions in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. First up to teach was Lightweight World Champions Lucas Lepri. Lucas is one of the winning-est lightweights in the History of BJJ. Lucas holds too many titles to recall, but has one Gold in the for Major Championships at Black belt, The World Championships, The Pan Ams, The Brazilian Nationals, and the European Championships. Lucas has won almost every Major GI and NOGI championship one can imagine. He is known not only for his for his unbelievable technical ability, but for the ease at which he can teach others these amazing techniques. Lucas has a very well rounded game, but is most likely known for his Guard Passing ability, which is an area where even many champions struggle. For the seminar, Lucas chose to address the Lasso Guard, which can be very frustrating to those that are stuck in it. Everyone in attendance was amazed at the ability Lucas had to dissect the Lasso Guard and break his opponents down to pass with ease. Then he focused on using the Kimura to defend the single leg off of the guard passes. After all that hard work it was time for a lunch break. After Lunch, Jacare Showed a few short films about the History of Alliance. Explaining how we have become such a dominant team over the years and our History and Lineage. This was a great time for Students new and old to hear or refresh their memories on the team’s amazing History from Helio and Rolls Gracie, all the way down the line. This information is always a great reminder of the History of our Sport and the Alliance Team. It definitely fired up the team for the second half of the day. For the Afternoon, Leonardo Nogueira took to the mats. Leonardo is also a Multiple time World Champion and has defeated some of the Biggest names in BJJ today, including Buchecha, Pe De Pano, Keenan Cornelius, and many more. Leo decided to focus on Defense to sweeping positions and then securing the pass. First Leo eased into it with showing some simple ways to defend the X-Guard Style sweeps and how to pass off of them. Next was the Single Leg X Guard, which has become a very popular style among competitors in recent years. Again Leonardo (Or Leo for Short) showed some easy ways to defend and pass that guard. Last was the Defense to the Lapel Lasso otherwise known as the Worm Guard. The Worm Guard was popularized by American Black belt standout Keenan Cornelius. Leo showed the ways in which he shut down the Worm Guard against Keenan in the World Championships. The day was wrapped up with Belt Promotions from Jacare. Jacare promoted Evan Heit from Michigan to Black Belt, which is always exciting to see. Jacare then ran a belt testing ceremony for some students from the Midwestern Schools. While Jacare tested 8 people, only 3 passed. He reminded the entire team how high the standards are to be any rank in the Alliance team and how hard one must work to attain a promotion. It was a great reminder to the team, that to become great, there is no replacement for hard work and that you can’t cheat the system. The entire building was filled with energy and as the seminar ended, the Midwest Alliance team could tell that great things are coming!