Alex Paz, known as Alex “Negão” is a Brazilian Jiu Jiitsu black belt under Murilo Bustamante and Ricardo Libório, as well as a multiple time World and Brazilian National Championship Medallist.His early career in jiu jitsu was closely followed by the famous Carlson Gracie, who awarded Alex his blue and purple belts.
Alex has won a number of major competitions including World Champion (2001 brown belt weight and absolute) and Brazilian National Champion across 3 consecutive years and weights.
While in Abu Dhabi, Alex was also assigned to the UAE’s National Jiu Jitsu Team (2010), where he helped develop athlete’s such as Taleb Saleh Al Kirbi, Faisal Al Kitbe and numerous others. In 2014, with the creation of the United Arab Emirates Jiu Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) Alex was nominated head of the refereeing board, a function he also fulfilled at the Jiu Jitsu Asian Union (JJAU) and the Jiu Jitsu International Federation (JJIF). Alex’s passion is not only for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but also for the art of grappling and mixed martial arts. His experience in both of these sports greatly contributes to the wholistic approach to training at Clube de Lutas.
As well as a passion for coaching, Alex also has a strong competitive record in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:
World Pro Gold Medal (2013 Weight Division and Open Weight Masters)
- 2019 March IBJJF Sydney Open Gi Champion
- 2019 March IBJJF Sydney Open No Gi Champion
- European Championship IBJJF 2011 Champion
- Submission Wrestling Champion 2002 Florida
- ADCC Sao Paulo Bronze Metal (2003)
- Pan American Champion IBJJF 1999
- World Champion (2001 weight + absolute)
- Brazilian National Champion (2001, 1999, 1998 absolute)
- World Championship Runner-up (2000 absolute)
- Brazilian National Teams Runner-up (2000, 1998)
- World Championship 3rd Place (2000)
- Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (1998, 1996)
- MMA Champion Gladiator Korea 2002
- MMA Champion AFC – 2001 – EUA
- MMA Champion Hooknshoot – 2000 – EUA