• Alex De Souza

  • Alex was born in Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon.

    He started his martial arts path at the age of 11, his first martial art class was Judo, but he only stayed for a few months, he took part in Judo tournaments but never took it further.  At the age of 12, Alex was taken to a Jiu-Jitsu school by his older brother and it was there that he fell in love with the gentle art.

    The classes were held in a dojo at the back of Luis Alberto Fonseca's house.  The academy was the first Jiu-Jitsu dojo in Manaus, and from there all Jiu-Jitsu academies planted their roots.

    The academy closed down due to home improvements in Luis's property.  Many of Luis students opened their own academies and Alex went to train under the tutelage of Paulo Cesar Barros.

    Alex trained under Paulo until he closed his academy and stopped teaching Jiu-Jitsu to become a Presbyterian priest.

  • Alex competed in the Amazon and won Gold and Silver medals in many tournaments

    CompetitionMedal
    1st Copa Artur Neto de Jiu-Jitsu FJJA 31/04/89Gold
    1st Campeonato Osvaldo Alves de Jiu-Jitsu FJJA 23/07/89Gold
    Campeonato verao de Jiu-Jitsu FJJA 29/10/89Silver
  • A new chapter

    Soon after Paulo closed his academy Alex emigrated to England.  Soon after his arrival he tried to find a Jiu-Jitsu school without success, he then started to train with work colleagues from a restaurant.  Wthout a dojo, training would take place outdoors in the parks and on Bournemouth beach.

     

  • In 2000 Alex returned to Brazil on a training holiday and restarted training Jiu-Jitsu at the Carlson Gracie Academy in Copacabana, this reignited Alex's burning desire to make Jiu-Jitsu a life style.

    The search to find an academy re-started, but Jiu-Jitsu schools were non existent in Bournemouth, encouraged by his wife Katie, Alex hired a Church hall and together with a few colleagues from work they would exercise, practise techniques and roll every Tuesday night.

    With only one training per week Alex took place in two tournaments organised in London by Almir Moraes in 2001.

     

  • Alex, started training and teaching Jiu-Jitsu at at Muay Thai and Kickboxing academy, and started experimenting with MMA, in these early days MMA had many names, Vale-tudo, no holds barred, shoot fighting amongst other names.

    In between 2001 and 2008 Alex fought and won in many of these events.  Alex won most of his fights by submission in the first round and was very proud to use only Jiu-Jitsu without strikes.

     

  • In total Alex had 11 MMA fights, 7 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw, Alex has not yet announced his retirement from MMA although he has not fought since 2008.

     

  • Achievements as a black belt

    CompetitionMedal
    IBJJF London Fall International 2018Gold
    IBJJF British National Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018Gold
    UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam London 2018Gold
    IBJJF London Fall International Absolute 2017Silver
    IBJJF London Fall International 2017Gold
    IBJJF London Fall International 2017 No GiGold
    IBJJF British National Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017Silver
    IBJJF Spanish National Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017Silver
    IBJJF Master International Europe 2017 Silver
    IBJJF Master International Europe Absolute 2017Bronze
    IBJJF London Winter International 2017Gold
    IBJJF London Winter International Absolute 2017Bronze
    IBJJF Madrid Open 2016Gold
    Tuff Invitational 5 Circus Tavern 2016Gold
    IBJJF London Fall International 2016Gold
    IBJJF London Fall International 2016 absoluteGold
    IBJJF British National Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2016Bronze
    IBJJF Spanish National Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2016 AbsoluteSilver
    IBJJF Spanish National Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2016Bronze
    IBJJF Zurich Open 2016Gold
    IBJJF Zurich Open Absolute 2016Bronze
    IBJJF Rome European No GI 2016Silver
    IBJJF Rome European No Gi 2016 AbsoluteBronze
    IBJJF Rome Open 2016Bronze
    IBJJF Rome Open 2016 AbsoluteSilver
    IBJJF London Winter International 2016Gold
    IBJJF London Winter International Absolute 2016Gold
    IBJJF Lisbon European 2016Bronze
    IBJJF London Fall International 2015Gold
    IBJJF Munich International No Gi 2015Silver
    IBJJF Munich Winter International 2015Gold
    IBJJF Munich Winter International Absolute 2015Gold
    IBJJF London Winter International 2015Gold
    IBJJF London Winter International Absolute 2015Gold
    IBJJF Lisbon European 2015Silver
    IBJJF Zurich International Open 2014 AbsoluteGold
    IBJJF Zurich International Open 2014Gold
    IBJJF London International Open 2013Bronze
    IBJJF London International Open 2013 AbsoluteBronze
    IBJJF New York International Open 2012Silver
    IBJJF New York International Open 2012 AbsoluteBronze
    British Open 2012Bronze
    English Open 2012Gold
    IBJJF Lisbon European 2011Silver
    IBJJF Lisbon European 2010Bronze
    English Open 2010Gold
  • Alex graduated black belt on the 22 of September 2006, received his grading from Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro.

    Currently Alex is a third degree black belt, the only instructor in Bournemouth and surrounding areas able to promote students to black belt level. 

  • Alex De Souza is one of the pioneers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the UK.  He was single handedly responsible for the development of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Bournemouth and in the South of England.