1990 – ANDRE PEDERNEIRAS / THE NEW UNION

February 04, 2016

IN THE EARLY ‘90S ONE OF CARLSON GRACIE’S TOP STUDENTS AND INSTRUCTORS ANDRE PEDENEIRAS OPENED HIS OWN SCHOOL. WHILE HIS ATHLETES DID WELL AT TOURNAMENTS HE FOUND IT HARD TO WIN THE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS BECAUSE HIS TEAM LACKED THE NUMBERS THAT OTHER ESTABLISHED JIU JITSU TEAMS HAD. THAT IS WHEN HE MET WITH A MAN NAMED WENDEL ALEXANDER AND THEY STARTED A NEW TEAM NAMED NOVA UNIAO OR “NEW UNION” WHICH FORMED MANY CHAMPIONS, MOST NOTABLY THE FIRST AMERICAN BORN BLACK BELT JIU JITSU WORLD CHAMPION BJ PENN.

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