About Us2019-11-14T15:06:56-06:00

About Us

Welcome to Alliance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Minneapolis, Home to the 12x World Championship Team!

Alliance was founded in 1993 by Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti, Fabio Gurgel and Alexandre Paiva. Alliance is recognized as one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Schools in the world; known not only for their technicality and quality, but also for their professionalism. Alliance has made hundreds of World Champions, over 25 of them at the black belt level.

At Alliance Jiu Jitsu, we believe that martial arts training can help every child and adult develop the mental and physical skills they need to succeed in life. Martial Arts isn’t just about self-defense like so many believe. At Alliance Jiu Jitsu, it’s all about self-confidence, improved focus, physical strength, and positive social interaction. Alliance Jiu Jitsu teaches our members to set goals, work hard, and follow-through, all the while having fun and making friends in a safe and professional environment.

Alliance MN is headed by black belt instructor and competitor Damian Hirtz. Damian is proud to be a pioneer in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the upper Midwest and looks forward to sharing the benefits of the art with people from all walks of life.

Welcome to Minnesota’s premier source for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Welcome to Alliance.

Major Titles Won:

World Jiu Jitsu Championship

  • Men’s World Champion – 98/99/ 08/09/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/19
  • Women’s World Champion – 00/09/10/11/12/13/14/15/18/19
  • World Champion Juvenile – 07/09/18/19

Pan American Jiu Jitsu Championship

  • Champion male – 08/10/11/12/13/15/16

  • Champion female – 11/12/13/14/15
  • Champion Masters – 06/07/08

European Championship

  • Champion male – 10/11/13/14/15
  • Champion female – 07/14
  • Champion master – 09

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship

  • Champion male – 09/11/13/14/15/16/19
  • Champion female – 10/11/12/13/14/15/16
  • Champion Masters – 12/13
  • Champion juvenile – 09/19

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for me to receive belts in Jiu Jitsu?2019-10-02T17:27:25-06:00

Jiu Jitsu has 2 grading methods depending on the age of the student. Up to 15 years old the student receives the belts yellow, orange and green. From 16 and onward the belts are colored blue, purple, brown and black. At our academy we have a defined grading system where you prepare yourself for your belt exam with a determined amount of completed classes which varies from belt to belt.

What are the risks of injury in Jiu Jitsu?2019-10-02T17:26:49-06:00

Safety is imperative at our gym, however accidents can happen like in any other activity. In Jiu Jitsu injuries are usually self inflicted due to the individual performing a technique incorrectly, but our instructors pay close attention and with each repetition the risk declines making Jiu Jitsu an extremely safe sport.

I’m out of shape and want to lose weight, is this possible in Jiu Jitsu?2019-10-02T17:26:40-06:00

Training jiu jitsu will help improve your physical condition in a fun and dynamic way. While performing the techniques you use your entire body while gaining flexibility and strength as well as burning calories and losing weight.

Can anyone train Jiu Jitsu?2019-10-02T17:28:54-06:00

Yes. Jiu jitsu is a martial art based on using leverage which allows the weaker and lighter individual to beat the stronger and heavier opponent. For this reason jiu jitsu is recommended for everyone regardless of your physical condition, age or size.


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