Luanna Alzuguir - IBJJF Hall of Famer and Founder of AVIV JJ School

Luanna Alzuguir - IBJJF Hall of Famer and Founder of AVIV JJ School

1. Luanna Alzuguir’s Details

Name  Luanna Alzuguir Marton Moraes
Nickname  N/A
Born  Sao Paulo, Brazil
Age  37 Years
Date of Birth  16-8-1985
Weight  61-kg (134 lbs)
Weight Division Lightweight
Last Weigh in N/A
Height  N/A
Foundational Style  BJJ
Career Disclosed Earnings  N/A
College University  Anhembi Morumbi University
Rank 4th Degree Black Belt
Head Coach  Marco Barbosa
Last Fight  F2W 162
Favorite Technique Open Guard
Lineage  Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Rickson Gracie -> Marcelo Behring -> Waldomiro Perez -> Roberto Godoi -> Marco Barbosa -> Luanna Alzuguir
Team Association  Alliance Jiu-Jitsu

2. Luanna Alzuguir’s Biography

Luanna Alzuguir was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 16th August 1985. She represents Alliance in the international grappling circuit. She is one of the top-ranking athletes in BJJ. She won various major championships like World Gi and No-Gi, Pans, European Open, and CBJJ Brazilian Nationals. 

2.1. Started Training at an Early Age

Luanna was a sports kid from her early childhood. Her mother wanted to enroll her daughters in martial arts. Luanna got an opportunity to join Jiu-Jitsu when a gym was opened near her house. That was a golden chance for Luanna to join the gym and start learning martial arts. 

2.2. First Competition at the Age of 9

In 1994, Luanna appeared in a “Paulista” trial, in Sao Paulo at the age of 9. It was her first coach, Marcelo Mathias who gave her the opportunity to compete and win a medal in that tournament. That was the first medal of Luanna’s BJJ career. Luanna achieved her Orange Belt under Marcelo Mathias.

2.3. Moved to Godoi Training Center

Luanna was not fully satisfied with the training regime of Marcelo’s gym. She decided to pursue Jiu-Jitsu with more devotion and wanted to train under more competitive training partners. At that time, Luanna heard about the famous training center under Godoi/ Macaco.

She went there and started her training with coach Celso Brito. Under the distinctive training of Celso Brito, Luanna Alzuguir was promoted to Blue Belt.  

2.4. Shifted Her Focus Towards Journalism

Luanna was distracted from Jiu-Jitsu when Jorge “Macaco” Patino and Roberto Godoi got into an argument and their partnership was terminated. Luanna was disappointed when she did not find any consistent way to navigate through her grappling martial art career.

All these circumstances discouraged and demotivated her to continue Jiu-Jitsu training. After leaving Jiu-Jitsu, she was diverted toward journalism. 

2.5. Resumed Jiu-Jitsu

Luanna had a thirst for Jiu-Jitsu but due to inconvenient circumstances, she was discouraged. She got a chance to resume her Jiu-Jitsu career when there was a very competitive opportunity  to join her university team. She joined the Anhembi Morumbi University’s Jiu-Jitsu team.

During her university competitions, she met Marco Barbosa (who was also her former team member from Macaco/ Godoi). He invited Luanna to join their team as big tournaments were about to happen. Luanna took this opportunity and joined their team. She resumed her Jiu-Jitsu career with full devotion.    

2.6. Moved to Alliance

After the world championship of 2008, Luanna wanted to reschedule her training routine. To upgrade her skills and increase her potential, she preferred the world-famous BJJ academy, Alliance Jiu-Jitsu.

Luanna started her training for the World Championship under the “General”, Co-Founder of Alliance and Alliance head coach, Fabio Gurgel. Under the brilliant coaching of Master Fabio Gurgel, Luanna won three major championships including World, Pans, and CBJJ Brazilian National in 2009.  

2.7. Luanna Alzuguir’s Coaching Career

Luanna wanted to pursue Jiu-Jitsu professionally as a career. So she joined her university Jiu-Jitsu team as a coach as a Brown Belt. She won various tournaments and earned a name in the list of top Brown Belts of her generation.

After her graduation, Luanna did not leave her coaching practice at the university along with her own Jiu-Jitsu training. She started training in Jiu-Jitsu as a professional Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. 

Now she is the founder of AVIV Jiu-Jitsu . AVIV Jiu-Jitsu was founded in 2018 and is running under two female world champions Luanna Alzugui and Ana Carolina Vieira.

“My goal is to build a strong and unique group. Not just for competitors, but for everyday people. I am working to build a place where people feel welcome, and safe and can develop their skills.”

(Luanna Alzuguir)

2.8 AVIV Jiu-Jitsu

AVIV Jiu-Jitsu is the first school in the world which is founded and coached by two female World Champions. This school provides a safe and supportive environment where women and kids can train, not only for competitions but also for self-defense

“We (are) not selling jiu-jitsu. We are offering a safe place to grow through the lifestyle of jiujitsu”

(Luanna Alzuguir)

2.9. Luanna’s Main Achievements in MMA

Luanna Alzuguir made her MMA debut in October 2017. She fought her first MMA fight against Brittney Cloudy. Luanna defeated her with RNC in the third round. Another fight which was announced in November 2018 was canceled due to Alzuguir’s injury.

After that Alzuguir did not appear in any MMA fights. Now she is ineligible for regional ranking because she is inactive in MMA for four years.

Amateur Results

Date Event Opponent W/L/D Method Round Time
2017.10.13 Gateway Fighting Series Brittney Cloudy Win RNC 3 2:24

2.10. First BJJ Gay Couple Who Disclosed Their Marriage Openly

Luanna Alzuguir and Ana Caroline Vieira married each other in 2018 and appeared as the first openly married gay couple in BJJ. They moved to Boynton Beach and opened a Jiu-Jitsu institute, AVIV Jiu-Jitsu.

2.11 Luanna’s BJJ Pro Combats

Promoted to Black Belt

After a successful Brown Belt career, Luanna was promoted to Black Belt by coach Marco Barbosa in December 2007. 

Five-Times World Champion

Luanna Alzuguir is a five times world champion in Gi and a one-time World Champion in No-Gi. She maintained her title of World Champion for five consecutive years, 2009 to 2013. In 2009, she executed an excellent performance against Kyra Gracie in the finals to become World Champion.

Four-Times Pans Champion

Luanna became four times IBJJF Pans Champion, three times in the weight division and once in the absolute division. She won gold medals for three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012. In 2011, she received two golds in Pans Championship, in both weight and absolute divisions.   

Five Times European Open Champion  

Luanna received five gold medals in the European Open. She was the 2011 lightweight champion of the European Open. In 2013 and 2014, she won both weight and absolute divisions.

IBJJF Hall of Famer

After achieving gold medals in various big championships from 2009 to 2014, Luanna Alzuguir was inducted into the IBJJF Hall of Fame in 2014

IBJJF No. 1 Ranked Black Belt of 2013

After winning five World Championships, Luanna Alzuguir was honored to be the IBJJF Top Ranked Female Adult Black Belt, in 2013. 

Fight with Injured Rib in 2011

Luanna Alzuguir suffered from a severe injury of broken ribs in 2011. But she did not take this injury to affect her career and continued training. The same year, she won the World Championship with all fights ending with submissions.  

3. Luanna’s Historic Fights

3.1. Luanna Alzuguir Vs. Kyra Gracie

Luanna Gracie faced Kyra Gracie in the final of the IBJJF World Championship 2009. Luanna started the fight with half guard and Kyra on her top. Kyra tried to take benefit of the top position and attempted to control her. She strangled her with her right sleeve and left leg.

But Luanna changed the situation in the next moment with a sweep and took the top position. Luanna’s scoreboard showed two points for that sweep. Luanna controlled the right part of Kyra by putting her leg on her and strangling her leg.

Kyra’s right leg was completely under Luanna’s leg. She freed her hand but could not escape. Kyra altered the situation in the next few minutes with a brilliant and quick move.

She strangled the same leg of Luanna which was on her body and almost took her back. Kyra balanced the scoreboard and scored two points with a  brilliant sweep. Luanna countered by applying an inverted guard and did not let Kyra control from the back. Again Luanna secured her top position. After a memorable sweep, Luanna again leads the scoreboard with two points.

At the end of the match, Luanna won the match by two points against the former World Champion and became IBJJF World Champion 2009.   

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2009 IBJJF World Championship  Kyra Gracie Win Points Final Lightweight

3.2. Luanna Alzuguir Vs. Yasmine Wilson

Luanna Alzuguir faced Yasmine Wilson in the final of London No-Gi Open in 2014. Both fighters showcased their brilliant skills. After two minutes of the match, Luanna Alzuguir applied a pulling guard and established a strong grip of her legs around Yasmin’s groin.

Luanna Alzuguir felt in danger when tried to sit but Yasmin Wilson did not let her. Luanna Alzuguir used another strategy and applied a triangle choke. In just one and a half minutes, Luanna submitted Yasmin with a Triangle Choke.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2014 London NoGi Open  Yasmine Wilson Win Triangle Choke Final Absolute Weight

3.3. Luanna Alzuguir Vs. Luiza Monteiro

Luanna Alzuguir faced Luiza Monteiro in the final of the World Championship 2011. Luiza started the match by applying a half-guard. Luanna took the top position and escaped her leg from half guard. She put her weight on Luiza’s right leg and restricted her movement.

Luanna quickly strangled her right leg and took the back of Luiza. Luanna grabbed her collar and applied Collar Choke. She submitted the Luiza with this Collar Choke. 

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2011 IBJJF World Championship  Luiza Monteiro Win Collar Choke Final Lightweight

4. Luanna Alzuguir’s Main Achievements in BJJ

4.1. Luanna’s Main Achievements

Year Event Weight Category
2007 CBJJ World Cup Lightweight/ Absolute
2009 ADCC World Championship Lightweight
2009 IBJJF World Championship Lightweight
2009 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Lightweight
2010 IBJJF World Championship Absolute
2010 IBJJF Pans Championship Lightweight
2011 IBJJF World Championship Lightweight
2011 IBJJF Pans Championship Middleweight/ Absolute
2011 IBJJF European Open Lightweight
2011 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Championship Lightweight
2012 IBJJF World Championship Middleweight
2012 IBJJF Pans Championship Middleweight
2012 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Championship -66kg
2013 IBJJF World Championship Middleweight
2013 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Weight/ Absolute
2013 IBJJF European Open Lightweight/ Absolute
2014 IBJJF European Open Lightweight/ Absolute
2018 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Medium Heavyweight

4.2. Luanna’s Achievements as Black Belts

Year Event Belt Position
2007 CBJJ World Cup Black Belt 1st
2009 ADCC World Championship Black Belt 1st
2009 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2009 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Black Belt 1st
2010 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2010 IBJJF Pans Championship Black Belt 1st
2011 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2011 IBJJF Pans Championship Black Belt 1st
2011 IBJJF European Open Black Belt 1st
2011 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Championship Black Belt 1st
2012 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2012 IBJJF Pans Championship Black Belt 1st
2012 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Championship Black Belt 1st
2013 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2013 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Black Belt 1st
2013 IBJJF European Open Black Belt 1st
2014 IBJJF European Open Black Belt 1st
2018 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Black Belt 1st

5. Luanna’s Professional Record Break

5.1. Luanna’s Professional Record

Matches 15 Wins 8 Losses
Submission  3 2
Advantage  4 0
Decision  3 1
Other  4 3
OT 1 0
Split Decision  0 1
Points  0 1

5.2. Methods of Submission

Method Wins Loses
Knee Bar 2 0
Heel Hook  1 1
Mounted Triangle  0 1

6. Luanna’s Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Division
2009 IBJJF World Championship K. Guimaraes W Others Lightweight
2010 Abu Dhabi World Pro Beatriz Mesquita W Decision Lightweight
2011 ADCC Michelle Nicolini L Decision -60kg
2011 ADCC Vanessa English W Knee Bar -60kg
2011 ADCC H. Takayo W Knee Bar -60kg
2011 Abu Dhabi World Pro Beatriz Mesquita W Advantage Lightweight
2011 IBJJF Pans Championship Hannette Staack W Advantage Middleweight
2012 IBJJF World Championship Vitor Henrique Oliveira W Other Middleweight
2012 Abu Dhabi World Pro Luiza Montiero W Advantage -66kg
2013 Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Michelle Nicolini W Other Absolute
2014 IBJJF Pans Championship Fernanda Mazzelli W Advantage Absolute Weight
2014 IBJJF Pans Championship Gabi Garcia L Points Absolute Weight
2014 IBJJF Pans Championship K . Guimaraes L Others Lightweight
2014 IBJJF Pans Championship Michelle Nicolini L Heel Hook -60kg
2014 IBJJF Pans Championship A. Tavares W Other -60kg
2018 EBI 16 Jess Feliciano W OT 135lbs
2018 EBI 16 Jess Feliciano W Heel Hook 135lbs
2018 EBI 16 Beatriz Mesquita L Mounted Triangle 135lbs
2019 F2W 127 Chelsah Lyons W Decision 150 lbs
2019 IBJJF World Championship Melissa Cueto L Others Absoluteweight
2019 IBJJF World Championship Rafaela Silva L Others Medium Heavyweight
2019 F2W 106 Catherine Perret L Split Decision 145 lbs
2021 F2W162 Hannette Staack W Decision N/A

7. Top Fight Links

Luanna Alzuguir VS Kyra Gracie / World Championship 2009

Luanna Alzuguir vs Claudia Doval / World NoGi 2018

Luanna Alzuguir v Nivian Oliveira / World Master 2020

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