THE SOCA BJJ
OUR MISSION: IS TO PROMOTE HEALTH, WELL BEING, SELF CONFIDENCE AND MENTAL TOUGHNESS
The Jiu-Jitsu mission faithfully represents the Soca Academy’s desire to enable thousands of people around the world to gain access to soft art learning. Alexandre Soca and his coaches, spare no effort to create a gym that can fulfill anyone’s dream of becoming a professional athlete.
Alexander Soca has long believed in Jiu-Jitsu as a personal development tool. A tool where, in addition to teaching, people could find a friendly environment in which everyone could improve a little, every day. It can make people better citizens.
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Before Conde Koma had traveled from Japan, Jiu Jitsu had been protected from the outside world and was not known outside of Asia. For Carlos Gracie, learning the art from a Jiu Jitsu master was a very special opportunity. Carlos Gracie was young and athletic, so he had progressed quickly in Jiu Jitsu during the year Conde Koma had spent with him. In Jiu Jitsu, the traditions are strict and the methods of teaching do not vary from generation to the next. Conde Koma had followed this strict form of teaching, making sure that Carlos learns Jiu Jitsu in it’s purist form. Once Conde Koma left Brazil, Carlos was dedicated to the Art of Jiu Jitsu, but he was no longer confined by the many years of traditions.
This opened the door to a progression of a new Jiu Jitsu.Gracie learned the art for personal improvement and self-defense. Carlos along with his brother Helio, without being confined by many years of tradition restricting the moves and methods of study, reinvented Japanese Jiu-Jitsu into a martial art that is effective for a smaller person. This reinvention of Jiu-Jitsu has become known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 1925 Carlos moved to Rio de Janeiro where he open his own academy and began teaching and competing. Carlos would teach and prove the effectiveness of the art by defeating opponents who were physically stronger and bigger than him. Carlos also taught his philosophies of life as well as his concepts of natural nutrition. Carlos Gracie saw the art as a way to become a man who was more tolerant, respectful, and self-confident.
CARLOS GRACIE JR
Son of the famous Carlos Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr. was born with into the brand new martial art. As Carlos Gracie grew up in Rio De Janeiro, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu exploded in popularity. Many learned of Carlos Gracie and Helio Gracie finishing bigger and stronger opponents and wanted to learn the art. Carlos Gracie Jr. was the founder of Gracie Barra, one of the most famous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools in Rio. Gracie Barra is responsible for developing many of the the most accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors.
Carlos Gracie Jr. established the International and National Jiu-Jitsu Federation in the early 90’s, leading the way to contributing to the growth of the sport by holding organized competitions. Currently the confederation holds competitions in Brazil, the United States, Europe and Asia. Carlos Gracie Jr. is helping to make his father Carlos’ dream come true by spreading Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through out the world.
ALEXANDRE “SOCA” HISTORY
Soca began training when he was 15 years old. Soca’s older brother, who was was a blue belt at the time, had trained at Carlos Gracie Jr. After spending many of his days surfing, Alexandre decided to go to his brother’s academy and give jiu-jitsu a try. After that day never wanted stop, and he began to train everyday. Soca first started training at Carlos Gracie Jr. Academy with Jean Jacques Machado. Jean Jacques showed him the most effective technique, which helped establish the foundation for Soca’s amazing Jiu-Jitsu skill. When Jean Jacques moved to the United States, Soca, a purple belt at the time, just training with Carlos Gracie Jr. Carlos awarded Soca his black belt in 1994.
Since then Soca has won many prestigious titles such as 4x World BJJ Champion, 2016 Abu Dhabi Pro Legends Light Weigh Champion & elected the best match of the event, ADCC World champion, Pan-Am champion, and Brazilian National Champion.At that time, Soca has trained with many world champions such as Renzo Gracie, Ralph Gracie, Roger Gracie, Roberto “Gordo” Correa, Helio “Soneca” Moreira, Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes Joao “Big Head” Paulo,Romel Cardoso, Mauricio “Tinguinha” Antonio “Nino” Schembri, Roberto “Roleta,” Nelson Monteiro, Rafael “Gordinho” Correa, Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz, and many other champions.Today, Soca has put all of experience to work and has dedicated himself to the Soca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.