Life, Jiu-Jitsu and the Struggle. Professor Alvaro explains finding the motivation to train and improve.


Professor Alvaro is currently a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a Brown belt in Judo. Professor Alvaro obtained his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on December 2017 from Vitor Shaolin in NYC. Prior to Jiu-jitsu, he has trained and continues to train in Muay Thai, was a certified trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (N.A.S.M.) and obtained an Associate Degree in Speech Pathology through LaGuardia Community College.

An active competitor in the BJJ scene, Professor Alvaro has competed and medaled in several tournaments in the United States, ranging from New York, Boston, Miami, and Las Vegas. In 2015, as a purple belt, Professor Alvaro was runner-up in the IBJJF Masters Worlds championship and soon after took 1st place in the no-gi Pan-Ams championship.

Some current titles include:

IBJJF Summer Open 2017: Brown Belt Master 1 Feather Champion

Pan Jiu-jitsu No Gi IBJJF Championship 2015: Purple Belt Master 1 Feather Champion

World Master Jiu-jitsu IBJJF Championships 2015: Purple Belt Master 1 Second Place

New York Summer International IBJJF Open 2015: Purple Master 1 Second Place

Big Apple Open 2015: Purple Belt Adult Feather Champion

Good Fight 2013 Summer Classic: Purple Belt Adult Light Champion

Good Fight 2012 Winter Classic: Blue Adult Feather Gi/No Gi Champion/Open Weight Gi Champ

Long Island Pride XVI: Blue Open Weight No-Gi Champion

Boston IBJJF International Open 2012: Blue Belt Feather Third Place