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Professor Alexandre Ogawa

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He carries deeply in his core our vision, values and principles. He is a co-founder and Instructor of Gracie Barra Aclimacao, which is one of the first GB schools in the biggest city of Brazil, Sao Paulo. The school has strong and well-known programs for women self-defense and anti-bullying for children and also coaches a number of competitors with great results in both national and international tournaments in the sport and potential champions.

As a Professor, Alexandre leads by example with kindness and care. He has a Strong moral authority built upon his positive, cooperative, and constructive attitude towards his students and instructors. He understands his importance on students’ lives as a role model, as well as his responsibility in bringing out the best each person has within.

As a high performance athlete and competitor, Prof. Alexandre values the lessons that have long been taught by sport Jiu-Jitsu competitions: the pursuit of excellence through personal development and teamwork, ethical and responsible behavior on and off the mats, leadership and strength of character, and sportsmanship – respect for one’s opponents, acceptance of victory with humility, and acknowledgement of defeat with grace. He has had excellent results in State, National, and International competitions and is always giving his best to surpass himself.

In addition, Prof. Alexandre has a rare ability to recognize potential instructors and a personal belief that knowledge must be passed on to enable other people to not only keep Master Carlos Gracie Jr.´s legacy alive but to give them the opportunity, tools, and support to discover their own teaching talent and passion for this profession and life style. He inspires his instructors to be as good role models as he is and he strengthens their growth and development as Jiu-Jitsu practitioners and instructors.

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