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Gustavo Alencar

Black Belt 2nd DegreeGustavo

Meet Gustavo, or as his students address him, Professor Gustavo.

That title is earned only by achieving the black belt in the art. Alencar is the Chief Instructor of Gracie Barra Rio Rancho.

Alencar is the older brother of Roberto “Tussa” Alencar, Head Instructor of Gracie Barra New Mexico. The two brothers, along with Chief Instructor Rafael Freitas, all trained together as youth in Brazil.

In 2008, Alencar was invited by his older brother to come to the United States to help teach at the Academy. He came out to New Mexico for the first time in 2009, and achieved his black belt in December of that year. Since that time, he has won two bronze medals at Pan American Jiu Jitsu tournament.

Professor Alencar is passionate about teaching his students the fundamentals and techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. When asked about his teaching philosophy, Alencar replied, “It’s not about what you’ve achieved; it’s what you’ve overcome to get there.”

He loves his work and is proud to be a part of Gracie Barra New Mexico Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Notable Accomplishments:

  • 2x IBJJF Pan American Bronze Medalist (2011)
  • IBJJF No Gi Pan American Silver Medalist (2012)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF World Masters Bronze Medalist (2015)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Open Division Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Open Absolute Champion (2016)

Joebe PirtleJoebe

Black Belt

Professor Joebe Pirtle is the secondary instructor at Gracie Barra Rio Rancho. With over 14 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experience, he excels in teaching kids and adults. Originally from Osan, South Korea, Joebe moved to New Mexico to pursue a greater education at UNM. Inspired by watching UFC and MMA on tv, he joined a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy and immediately fell in love with the art. Professor Joebe takes pride in watching his students develop into martial artists and gain life skills.

Notable Accomplishments:

  • 2x Southwest Grapplefest Champion (2008/2009)
  • Southwest Grapplefest No-Gi Silver Medalist (2008)
  • 2x Southwest Grapplefest Gi & No-Gi Bronze Medalist (2009/2010)
  • Combat Sports Club Martial Arts Expo Bronze Medalist (2011)
  • IBJJF Pan American & World Championship Competitor
  • Certified Muay Thai Instructor – Khru
  • Amateur Muay Thai Record (4-2-0)

Roberto “Tussa” Alencar

Black Belt 3rd 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 4 time NO GI world champion, 2009 NO GI absolute division World Champion, Pan American Champion, World Runner-up two time Brazilian national champion and many more.

Notable Accomplishments:

  • 4 x IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2009, 2008, 2007,2012)
  • IBJJF World Silver Medalist (2007)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2009)
  • IBJJF World No Gi Champion Absolute Division (2007)
  • 3x IBJJF World Bronze Medallist (2010, 2008,2012)
  • 2x IBJJF Pan American Bronze Medallist (2010, 2007)
  • Abu Dhabi Pro Trials Champion (2012)
  • Abu Dahbi Pro Silver Medalist (2012)
  • IBJJF European Silver Medalist (2012)
  • IBJJF No Gi Pan American Champion (2012)
  • IBJJF World Champion Masters Division (2012)
  • ADCC Brazilian Trials 3rd Place
  • IBJJF No Gi Pan American Silver Medalist
  • IBJJF Pan American Silver Medallist (2008)
  • IBJJF Brazilian National Open Weight Silver Medallist (2004 brown)

Rafael “Barata” Freitas

Black Belt 2nd Degree

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.

Notable Accomplishments:

    • 2X IBJJF World Bronze Medallist (2010, 2012)
    • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2011)
    • 2X IBJJF World No GI Silver Medalist (2008, 2012)
    • IBJJF World No GI Champion (2007 brown)
    • IBJJF American National No Gi Silver Medalist (2010)
    • IBJJF Las Vegas Open Silver Medalist (2010)
    • IBJJF Pan American Silver Medallist (2007 brown)
    • 2X World No Gi Bronze Medallist (2010, 2009)
    • 5-0 Professional Mixed Martial Arts record

Don Ortega

Black Belt 2nd Degree

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,(Beat Bill Cooper in Final) 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.

Notable Accomplishments:

    • 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
    • IBJJF World No GI Silver Medalist (2008 Brown)
    • IBJJF World No GI Silver Medalist Absolute (2008 Brown)
    • 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 (Wrestling)
    • 2 Time NCAA National Qualifier (Wrestling)
    • 1-0 Professional Mixed Martial Arts record
    • New Mexico State Wrestling Champion
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