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TussaRoberto “Tussa” Alencar

Black Belt 2nd degree

Professor Roberto “Tussa” Alencar is the head instructor of Gracie Barra New Mexico. With over 16 years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, professor “TUSSA” has been teaching since he was a purple belt 10 years ago. Having a lot of enthusiasm, professionalism, and determination he is growing a huge army of Jiu –Jitsu practitioners across New Mexico. Besides his career as a professor, Roberto Alencar has earned many titles as a competitor including 3 time NO GI world champion, 2009 NO GI absolute division World Champion, Pan American Champion, World Runner-up two time Brazilian national champion.

Main Achievements:

  • 4x World Nogi Champion (2012, 2009, 2008, 2007)
  • Pan American Champion (2009, 2013)
  • World Silver Medallist (2007)
  • Pan American Silver Medallist (2008)
  • Brazilian National Open Weight Silver Medallist (2004 brown)
  • 2x World Bronze Medallist (2010, 2008)
  • 2x Pan American Bronze Medallist (2010, 2007)

RafaelRafael “Barata” De Freitas

Black Belt

Professor Rafael de Freitas, also known by his nickname “Barata”, is best-known for his creation of a shoulder lock submission named by his teammates as the: Baratoplata. Professor Rafael “Barata” has over 13 years of training. Technique is a major focus in his teaching and training philosophy. His positive personality and strict dedication make him a fierce competitor. He is a Black Belt Pan American Champion, A No Gi World Champion, and took Third Place at the World Championships as a Black Belt. He is also undefeated in his professional career in MMA and considered one of the best in the world in the 125 pound division. His charisma and witty personality help him to win over the hearts of his students and fans alike.

Main Achievements:

  • Pan American Champion (2011)
  • World Nogi Champion (2007 brown)
  • World Nogi Silver Medallist (2008, 2013)
  • American National No Gi Silver Medallist (2010)
  • Las VegasOpen Silver Medallist (2010)
  • Pan American Silver Medallist (2007 brown)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2010)
  • World Nogi Bronze Medallist (2010, 2009)
  • 5-0 Professional Mixed Martial Arts record

Don OrtegaDon Ortega

Black Belt

After graduating from Adams State College Don Ortega Started training Jiu Jitsu in 2003. Studying under Alberto Crane and Draculino, Don found a new passion. In the summer of 2004 Ortega made his MMA debut by defeating UFC veteran Brad Gumm. The following year Ortega returned to Adams State College to finish his final year of wrestling eligibility. With a rekindled fire for competition Ortega claimed 7th place at Division II NCAA National Championships earning All-American. Ortega then returned to Jiu-Jitsu winning titles in the Gi and No Gi divisions. Most notably, he won the 2007 FILA World Championships in Antalya, Turkey, the ADCC Trials in 2009, and the 2008 IBJJF World Championships. Ortega became the first American to win the brown belt middle heavy division in the IBJJF’s history of the tournament. Ortega trains daily and teaches at Gracie Barra NM.

Main Acheivements:

  • World Nogi Bronze Medalist (2013)
  • 2x ADCC Veteran (Barcelona 2009, UK 2011)
  • 2008 IBJJF World Champion – Brown Belt
  • 2007 FILA World Grappling Champion
  • 2011 ADCC West Coast Trials – Runner-up
  • 2010 ADDC East Coast Trials – Runner-up
  • 2009 ADCC trials Champion
  • 2007 FILA World Grappling Champion
  • 2007 World Team Trials National Champion
  • 2007 IBJJF Pan American Champion – Purple Belt
  • 2006 IBJJF Pan American Champion – Blue Belt
  • 2005 NCAA Division II All-American
  • 2 Time NCAA National Qualifier
  • 1-0 Professional Mixed Martial Arts record
  • New Mexico State Wrestling Champion

Wesley KingWesley King

Born and raised in Las Cruces New Mexico, Wesley King Started training Jiu Jitsu with Jacob Benitez at Gracie Barra Las Cruces. Wesley showed a toughness that has made him a formidable competitor as well as coach.

Wesley moved moved to Albuquerque to train and was such a great technician, motivator, and hard worker he was asked to take over the kids program as well as teaching some adult fundamentals classes. Through his hard work  and dedication, Wes has grown the kids and adult programs to an all time high.

Notable Accomplishments:

  • US Open Champion 2011
  • Abu Dhabi Pro Trials 2011 2nd place
  • Abu Dhabi Pro Trials 2013 3rd place (Brown/Black division)
  • Arizona State Champion 2012 (beat UFC fighter Jamie Varner in the final)
  • World Nogi Bronze Medalist  2013 (Brown Belt)

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