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Alexander Trans - The European BJJ Champion

Alexander Trans - The European BJJ Champion

1. Alexander Trans Details

Name Alexander Riis Hillgsoe Trans
Nickname N/A
Date of Birth 1989
Nationality  American
Born Denmark
Age 34 Years
College/University N/A
Profession Martial Artist
Last Fight 2023
Last Weigh in Ultra Heavyweight
Weight Class Division Pesadíssimo (over 221 lbs)
Height 6’4”
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fought Out of N/A
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Deep Half Guard
Belt Rank 2nd-Degree Black Belt
Awarded by Leonardo Vieira
Head Coach Leonardo Vieira
Lineage Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Alexander Trans
Team/Association GF Team

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2. Alexander Trans Biography

From the cold northern heights of Denmark came a giant of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world, Alexander Trans. He has become the most accomplished BJJ fighter with his devotion, hard work, and fierce passion for grappling. His numerous victories and titles, including the 7x IBJJF European Championship (3x in black belt division), Pan American Championship, Brasileiro (the first and only European male champion), and "Double Gold" at the IBJJF Worlds as a brown belt, have solidified his place in the history of BJJ. Furthermore, Alexander's journey is not just about winning titles; it's about his deep love and respect for the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and his dedication to sharing his thrilling passion with the upcoming grapplers.

2.1. Early Life and Introduction to Martial Arts

Alexander Trans, a renowned martial artist, was born in Denmark in 1989. At 13, he started his journey in martial arts by training in traditional Jiu-Jitsu. Although he was not a passionate grappler since his early life. However, after 2 years of training on the mat, he developed a deep interest in the diverse techniques of Jiu-Jitsu. As his interest in martial arts grew, he started to discover Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with more enthusiasm and became obsessed about it.

2.2. Trained At Arte Suave Gym

In 2009, Alexander's passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu led him to join the Arte Suave gym in Copenhagen, which was Checkmate Team's Headquarters. There, he trained under the guidance of Shimon Mochizuki, attended three training sessions per day, and even traveled to Brazil to train with the legendary figures of BJJ including Rico Vieira, Bob Esponja, and Leo Vieira.

2.3. Got Sponsorship

His grappling career really took off after he received sponsorships from Koral and Knockout Sports. These sponsorships were a big turning point for Trans, as they provided him with the financial support and resources he needed to take his training and competition to the next level.


With the support of Koral and Knockout Sports, Trans was able to compete in some of the biggest and most prestigious BJJ competitions, including the IBJJF World Championships and the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) World Championships. He was also able to train with some of the best BJJ athletes and coaches in the world, which helped him improve his skills and develop new techniques.

2.4. Won 9 Fights in Brown Belt Division

Alexander Trans was promoted to the brown belt because of his hard work and dedication. He felt inspired by the appreciation he received that leveled up his morale to do something out of the box. He made a remarkable performance at the 2011 World Championships by winning all nine fights without awarding a single point to his opponents. In that year, Alexander won all the fights despite losing to Fabricio Werdum at the ADCC and became the most efficient brown belt athlete. 

2.5. Earned Black Belt

Till November 2011, Alexander had achieved great on-mat success that helped him earn international recognition. Leo Vieira also recognized his outstanding efforts and accomplishments as a martial artist and awarded him the Black Belt.

2.6. Moved to GF Team

In 2015, Alexander Trans made a significant career move by joining GF Team, a well-respected Jiu-Jitsu academy known for producing top-tier martial arts athletes. His move allowed him to continue his training and compete at the highest level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was known as the “cream of the crop” in the world of grappling since 2018 due to his outstanding performances.

2.7. Knee Injury Stopped Him From Mat

Alexander Trans got a knee injury in 2015 that severely affected his training and competing routine and goals.

“I hurt my knee back in 2015 at Worlds and had to drop out of the final. I had my ACL and meniscus done that year, but I knew that I had more ligament damage that likely required surgery as well. I kept having issues with knee instability,”

(Alexander Trans)

However, he was cut off from the mat for almost two years due to the mistreatment of his knee injury at Brazil. He said:

“Somehow the surgeon convinced me to have another ACL reconstruction without addressing the other ligaments I had an issue with, and he ended up placing it in the wrong position. This made it impossible for me to even walk normally.”

(Alexander Trans)

Trans further explained in his interview that after painful surgery, he decided to take this matter into his own hand and tried to examine the root cause behind the worst knee pain that I had ever encountered.

“No one really understood what the problem was, so I ended up having to research on my own, reading through advanced medical articles on knee surgery techniques, to try and figure out what the problem could be. I had this theory that because the surgeon in Rio misdiagnosed the posterior sag in my knee as being an anterior sag, he had placed the ACL graft at an angle that was too steep, which turned out to be the case. I ended up doing a few surgeries to fix the problem, and spent about a year and a half where I was in a lot of pain and even just walking around the house was a battle.”

(Alexander Trans)

2.8. Lesson Learned From the Trans Injury

Alexander Trans's injury ordeal has taught valuable lessons to other grappling athletes who may be dealing with injuries. The biggest takeaway from Trans's story is that it's essential to listen to your body and respect its limits.


In case of injury, seeking immediate medical attention is crucial, and finding a qualified professional to handle the treatment is equally important.

2.9. Opened BJJ Academy in Texas, USA

“To me, competition is just a small part of Jiu-Jitsu, I enjoy being in the academy teaching and training with my friends even more. I really enjoy discovering new techniques and ways to deal with different situations on the mat, and I love helping others to do the same. That, and the friendships we make in the academy, I think that’s the most important thing.”

(Alexander Trans)

In 2020,  After several years of training and competing, Trans decided to open his own Jiu-Jitsu academy: Progresso Jiu-Jitsu in the United States, with the goal to promote Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a martial art and a tool for personal growth, self-defense, and development.

2.10. Instructor At Progresso Jiu-Jitsu

Alexander Trans now teaches young grapplers at Progresso Jiu-Jitsu. He started his teaching career from 2009 in a public school in Abu Dhabi and later joined the GF team headquarters. With years of training and experience, he has developed his skills and techniques in Jiu-Jitsu and is now a well-respected instructor in the field. Many students have achieved success in competitions and have developed a deep appreciation for the art of Jiu-Jitsu under his honest guidance.

2.11. Alexander Trans Dedicated All his Success to His Mentors

In an interview Alexander Trans said, when he looks back on his remarkable grappling career, he is filled with gratitude for the many individuals who have helped him along the way. From his coaches Leo Vieira and Ricardo Vieira to his training partners in Denmark and Brazil, including Chico Mendes and Helder Medeiros, Trans recognizes that his success has been a team effort. Their unwavering support and guidance have been instrumental in his development as a BJJ athlete and have helped him achieve his goals. Trans's accomplishments are a testament to the power of teamwork and the importance of having a strong support system in pursuit of one's dreams.

2.12. Life Achievements and Legacy

Alexander Trans is known for his humility, dedication, and love for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a skilled athlete and an accomplished Jiu-Jitsu instructor, having been a guest instructor at various seminars and events. He has won numerous competitions throughout his career and has proven himself to be a top-level competitor in the grappling sport. Despite his many achievements, Trans remains committed to his craft and continues to inspire others through his dedication and hard work.


Trans's passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is evident in his teaching and his commitment to personal growth and development. He emphasizes the importance of discipline, perseverance, and mental toughness in his training, and he always encourages his students to strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives. His dedication to martial arts and his desire to share his knowledge with others make him a true inspiration for aspiring martial artists.

3. Historical Fights of Alexander Trans

3.1. Alexander Trans Vs. Joao Cizezki

In one of the most thrilling bouts of the 2022 IBJJF World Championship, 2nd-degree black belt Alexander Trans faced off against Joao Cizezki in the absolute division. From the very beginning, it was clear that Trans was in top form as he started rolling his opponent like a seasoned pro, swiftly establishing a dominant position.


Despite Cizezki's best efforts to escape Trans' strong grip, the seasoned black belt nullified all of his opponent's attempts by smoothly transitioning into a half-guard. The crowd was on the edge of their seats as both fighters battled it out with intense focus and determination.


But ultimately, it was Trans who emerged victorious with a perfectly executed armbar that left Cizezki no choice but to tap out. The crowd erupted into a thunderous roar as Trans celebrated his hard-fought victory and secured his place in the history books as a true Jiu-Jitsu legend.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Round Weight Class
2022 IBJJF World Championship Joao Cizezki Win Submission(Armbar) Final Absolute Division

3.2. Alexander Trans Vs. Gabriel Araujo

The stage was set for an epic showdown at the IBJJF Final Championship of the ultra-heavyweight division as Alexander Trans faced off against Gabriel Araujo in the final round. Both grapplers brought their A-game, using their offensive and defensive skills to try and secure the title.


The fight began with Trans in a close guard position, quickly establishing control over Araujo. However, Araujo was not one to be easily defeated and managed to pass Tran’s powerful guard with incredible skill and technique.


But Trans was not to be deterred and quickly transitioned into a half-guard position, nullifying all of Araujo's attempts to gain a dominant position. The crowd was curious about the final result as both grapplers showcased their incredible athleticism and determination.


In the end, it was Trans who emerged victorious with a perfectly executed armbar submission, securing yet another major title in his renowned career. This memorable victory cemented his place as one of the greatest Jiu-Jitsu fighters ever.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Round Weight Class
2022 IBJJF World Championship Gabriel Araujo Win Submission(Armbar) Final Ultra- Heavyweight

3.3. Alexander Trans Vs. Keenan Cornelius

Alexander Trans and Keenan Cornelius faced off in an intense fight at the Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship of 2015 and showcased an outstanding performance. From the very beginning, it was clear that Trans was in top form, attacking with zeal and thrill that left his opponent reeling.


Trans quickly established control over Keenan with his captivating close guard, keeping his opponent on the defensive and constantly threatening with a triangle choke. Keenan, however, was not one to back down and used his own impressive offensive and defensive skills to try and turn the tide in his favor.


The two grapplers battled it out with incredible intensity, enthusiasm, and focus, leaving the crowd breathless with every move. In the end, Trans won the match by points after the time of the match had finished.


The victory solidified Tran's place as one of the greatest champions in the world of Jiu-Jitsu, showcasing his incredible athleticism, strategy, and determination.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Round Weight Class
2015 Abu Dhabi World Pro Open Class Championship Keenan Cornelius Win Points Semi-Final Absolute Division

4. Main Achievements

Year Event Medal
2010 IBJJF European Open Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2010 IBJJF World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2010 IBJJF Rio Open Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2010 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2011 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2011 IBJJF Pan American Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2011 IBJJF European Open Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2011 IBJJF World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2012 IBJJF European Open Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2012 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2012 IBJJF Pan American Championship Silver Silver Medal Icon
2012 IBJJF World Championship Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2013 IBJJF European Open Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2014 IBJJF European Open Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championship Silver Silver Medal Icon
2015 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship Silver Silver Medal Icon
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2016 Copa Pódio HW Grand Prix Silver Silver Medal Icon
2017 IBJJF Pan Championship Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2018 UAEJJF King of Mats Tournament Gold Gold Medal Icon

5. Main Achievements (Belts)

Year Event Belt Medal
2010 IBJJF European Open Championship Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon
2010 IBJJF World Championship Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon
2010 IBJJF Rio Open Championship Brown Gold Gold Medal Icon
2010 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Brown Gold Gold Medal Icon
2011 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Championship Brown Gold Gold Medal Icon
2011 IBJJF Pan American Championship Brown Gold Gold Medal Icon
2011 IBJJF European Open Championship Brown Gold Gold Medal Icon
2011 IBJJF World Championship Brown Gold Gold Medal Icon
2012 IBJJF European Open Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2012 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2012 IBJJF Pan American Championship Black Silver Silver Medal Icon
2012 IBJJF World Championship Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2013 IBJJF European Open Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2014 IBJJF European Open Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championship Black Silver Silver Medal Icon
2015 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship Black Silver Silver Medal Icon
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2016 Copa Pódio HW Grand Prix Black Silver Silver Medal Icon
2017 IBJJF Pan Championship Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2018 UAEJJF King of Mats Tournament Black Gold Gold Medal Icon

6. Accomplishments

Year Event Position
2010 IBJJF European Open Championship 1st
2010 IBJJF World Championship 1st
2010 IBJJF Rio Open Championship 1st
2010 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 1st
2011 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Championship 1st
2011 IBJJF Pan American Championship 1st
2011 IBJJF European Open Championship 1st
2011 IBJJF World Championship 1st
2012 IBJJF European Open Championship 1st
2012 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Championship 1st
2012 IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd
2012 IBJJF World Championship 3rd
2013 IBJJF European Open Championship 1st
2014 IBJJF European Open Championship 1st
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd
2015 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship 2nd
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship 1st
2016 Copa Pódio HW Grand Prix 2nd
2017 IBJJF Pan Championship 3rd
2018 UAEJJF King of Mats Tournament 1st

7. Alexander Trans Professional Record Breakdown

96 Matches 76 Wins 20 Losses
By Submission 30 2
By Points 35 11
By Advantage 7 4
By Decision 3 3
Other 1 0
By Penalty 0 0

8. Submission Method Breakdown

Submission Techniques 30 Wins 2 Loss
Choke  1 1
Kata Gatame 1 0
Dog Bar 1 0
Submission 2 0
Toe Hold 3 0
Armbar 6 0
Arm in Ezekiel 1 0
Cachecol Choke 1 0
Foot Lock 1 0
RNC  2 0
Choke from Back 4 1
Knee Bar 7 0

9. Fight History Alexander Trans

Year Event Opponent W/L Method Stage Weight
2011  ADCC Fabricio Werdum L Pts: 2x0 R1 99 kg
2012  European Open Championship Andre Campos W Pts: 0x0, Adv SF  
2012  European Open Championship  T. Gaia W Choke F 100 kg
2012  Pan American Championship Michael Schuss W Submission 4F 100 kg
2012  Pan American Championship R. Evangelista W Toe Hold SF 100 kg
2012  Pan American Championship Marcus Almeida L Pts: 2x0 F 100 kg
2012  World Pro Trials Unknown W Points SF 94 kg
2012  World Pro Trials Radek Turek W Pts: 2x0 F 94 kg     
2012  Brasileiro Championship Antonio Peinado W Points SF 100 kg
2012  Brasileiro Championship T. Gaia W Points F 100 kg
2012  World Championship Rodrigo Comprido W Pts: 2x2, Adv 4F 100 kg
2012  World Championship Leonardo Leite L Pts: 2x0 SF 100 kg
2012  ADCC EU Trials B. Georgy W RNC R1 99 kg
2012  ADCC EU Trials N/A W Points 4F 99 kg
2012  ADCC EU Trials Bence Gyorgy W Kneebar SF 99 kg
2012  ADCC EU Trials Michael Wysocki W Points F 99 kg
2013  European Open Championship Lucio Rodrigues W Points 4F ABS
2013  European Open Leo Nogueira L Pts: 4x0 SF ABS
2013  European Open Championship Vedran Ikic W Choke from back 4F 100 kg
2013  European Open Championship Leo Nogueira W Pts: 5x2 SF 100 kg
2013  European Open Championship  Rodrigo Cavaca W Pts: 3x0 F 100 kg
2013  World Championship Roberto Roberto W Referee Decision 4F 100 kg
2013  World Championship Marcus Almeida L Referee Decision SF 100 kg
2014  European Championship Thomas Johanssen W Foot Locker 4F ABS
2014  European Fabiano Leite W Adv SF ABS
2014  European Yuri Simoes W Armbar F ABS
2014  Pan American Championship Unknown W Submission R3 ABS
2014  Pan American Championship Keenan Cornelius W Pts: 3x2 4F ABS
2014  Pan American Championship Leandro Lo L Points SF ABS
2014  Pan American Championship Rafael Goulart W Choke from back 4F 100 kg
2014  Pan American Championship Leo D'Avila W Choke from back SF 100 kg
2014  Pan American Championship Andre Galvao L Adv F 100 kg
2014  World Pro Championship Otavio Sousa L Pts: 0x0, Adv R1 ABS
2014  World Pro Championship Rodrigo Cavaca W Pts: 0x0, Adv SF 100 kg
2014  World Pro Championship Marcus Almeida L Pts: 2x0 F 100 kg
2014  World Championship William Lima W Kneebar R2 ABS
2014  World Championship Murilo Santana W Pts: 6x2 RD 4 ABS
2014  World Championship Rodolfo Vieira L Choke 4F ABS
2014  World Championship Abraham Marte W Pts: 2x0 4F 100 kg
2014  World Championship Marcus Almeida L Choke from back F 100 kg
2015  Pan American Championship Morrys Ayala W N/A R2 ABS
2015  Pan American Championship Erberth Santos W Pts: 6x4 R3 ABS
2015  Pan American Championship Otavio Sousa W Points 4F ABS
2015  Pan American Championship Bernardo Faria L Pts: 2x0 SF ABS
2015  Pan American Championship Kitner Moura W Armbar 4F 100 kg
2015  Pan American Championship Luiz Panza W Pts: 6x2 SF 100 kg
2015  Pan American Championship James Puopolo W Kneebar F 100 kg
2015  World Pro Championship Pablo Anastacio W Armbar R1 95 kg
2015  World Pro Championship Rodrigo Cavaca W Pts: 2x0 4F 95 kg
2015  World Pro Championship Igor Silva W Toe hold SF 95 kg
2015  World Pro Championship Marcus Almeida L Pts: 2x0 F 95 kg
2015  World Pro Championship Unknown W Kneebar R1 ABS
2015  World Pro Championship Unknown W Armbar R3 ABS
2015  World Pro Championship Jackson Sousa W Toe hold 4F ABS
2015  World Pro Championship Keenan Cornelius W Pts: 2x0 SF ABS
2015  World Pro Championship Marcus Almeida L Pts: 0x0, Adv F ABS
2015  World Championship Gustavo Dias W Points R1 ABS
2015  World Championship Murilo Santana W Pts: 2x0 8F ABS
2015  World Championship Abraham Marte W Kneebar SF ABS
2015  World Championship T. Gaia W Kneebar 8F 100 kg
2015  World Championship Rodrigo Cavaca W Pts: 4x2 4F 100 kg
2016  World Pro Championship Roberto Abreu W Pts: 0x0, Adv R2 ABS
2016  World Pro Championship Andre Campos W Pts: 2x0 8F ABS
2016  World Pro Keenan Cornelius W Pts: 0x0, Adv 4F ABS
2016  World Pro Felipe Pena L Pts: 2x0 SF ABS
2016  World Pro Antonio Junior W Pts: 6x0 R1 94 kg
2016  World Champ. Joao Rocha L Referee Decision 4F 100 kg
2016  World Champ. Mahamed Aly W Pts: 4x0 R2 ABS
2016  World Champ. Felipe Pena L Pts: 2x0 8F ABS
2016  Copa Podio Braulio Estima W Pts: 6x0 SPF ABS
2016  Copa Podio Nelton Pontes W Pts: 6x0 RR 105 kg
2016  Copa Podio Rodrigo Cavaca W Pts: 2x0 RR 105 kg
2016  Copa Podio Gabriel Lucas W Pts: 9x0 RR 105 kg
2016  Copa Podio Diego Borges W Pts: 6x0 RR 105 kg
2016  Copa Podio F. Trovo W Pts: 2x0 SF 105 kg
2016  Copa Podio Leandro Lo L Pts: 2x0 F 105 kg
2017  Pan American Championship Carlos Farias W Pts: 9x0 R1 ABS
2017  Pan American Championship Tanner Rice W Pts: 2x0 8F ABS
2017  Pan American Championship Otavio Nalati W Pts: 2x0 4F 100 kg
2017  ACBJJ 5 Ricardo Feliciano W Dogbar 4F 95 kg
2017  ACBJJ 5 Joao Rocha W Referee Decision SF 95 kg
2017  ACBJJ 5 Luiz Panza L Referee Decision F 95 kg
2017  World Champ. Gustavo Dias L Pts: 2x2, Adv 8F 100 kg
2018  King of Mats Tanner Rice W Pts: 2x0 RR 110 kg
2018  King of Mats Helton Jose W Pts: 0x0, Adv RR 110 kg
2018  King of Mats Alexandre Souza W Injury SF 110 kg
2018  King of Mats Roberto Abreu W Choke from back F 110 kg
2021  Nashville Open Felipe Makoto W RNC R1 ABS
2021  Nashville Open Sam Wells W Kneebar 4F ABS
2021  Nashville Open Clay Mayfield W Cachecol choke SF ABS
2022  Nashville Open Gabriel Araujo W Kata Gatame F 100 kg
2022  Nashville Open Adolfo Suarez W Arm in Ezekiel 4F ABS
2022  Nashville Open Matheus Luna W Pts: 9x0 SF ABS
2022  Nashville Open Joao Cizeski W Armbar F ABS
2023  Atlanta WO Levi Moura W Armbar SF 100 kg
2023  Atlanta WO Salenco Coutinho W Referee Decision F 100 kg

10. Top Fight Links of Alexander Trans

Alexander Trans v Matheus Luna / Nashville Open 2022

Alexander Trans v Salenco Coutinho / Atlanta Winter Open 2023

Alexander Trans vs Rodrigo Cavaca BJJ Worlds Ultra Heavy 2015


Photo Credit: @alexandertrans

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