Our Founder Felipe
Felipe began competing early in his Jiu-Jitsu training, at the age of 17. He has competed extensively in Brazil and the US. Felipe was promoted to black belt on January 20, 1998 in the Alliance headquarters in Atlanta, where he worked as assistant instructor for 2 years under Professor Jacar√© Cavalcanti. It was a well deserved promotion. Those who train with Zicro know that he is not only an excellent trainer with a vast knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu, but also a good friend, and a great person to be associated and train with.
Felipe has been keeping the tradition of his professor since Alliance was found in 1993, at the Master Academy in Ipanema Rio de Janero Brazil. At the time Felipe was 21 and purple Belt competitor. Through out the years Felipe has trained and developed his jiu jitsu skills with his team mates: Alexandre "Gigi" Paiva, Fernando Gurgel, Ricardo "Franjinha" Miller, Leonardo Vieira, Ricardo Vieira, Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros, Paulo Sergio Santos, Felipe Costa, Eduardo "Jamel√£o" Concei√ß√£o, Marcelo "Telo" Mendes, Octavio "Ratinho" Couto and many others...
Felipe now is a 4th degree Black Belt, and like most of the Alliance Black Belt instructors, did not forget who he was once he walked out the doors of the academy. Felipe's Students will attest to the fact that he will do anything he can to help you, whether it be in training or in personal life. He truly cares about his students and the members of his Jiu-Jitsu team.
Felipe is very strong for his size and is a very technical fighter. He has the ability to fight from the top, bottom, or any other position. He is excellent at passing the guard and possesses very strong side mount control. Felipe always fights for the finish, and never just to score points. The finish is what matters.
His philosophy on Jiu-Jitsu is "Always train hard, believe in yourself, and never get discouraged or give up. Keep your head up and always look ahead and focus on your goals."