Join us for a double seminar with champions Alberto Crane and Mauricio "Tinguinha" Mariano to celebrate the Grand Opening of Optimus Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!! The seminar will be held July 9th at 11:00 in Lanuna Niguel,CA. All Jiu Jitsu practitioners are welcome to learn from two of the most influential Black Belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. If your new to Jiu JItsu still come to enjoy the academy and free food. Hosted by owner Grant Collins Training begins at 11am, Bring your Gi and a hunger to learn.
Alberto Crane: Gracie Barra's First American Black Belt
Born July 14, 1976 in Santa Fe, New Mexico is Gracie Barra’s first American Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Alberto Crane. As a kid Alberto traveled and lived not just in America, he spent seven years of his youth living in Germany with his parents and two sisters. His first actual grappling partner was his older sister. He attended High School in New York, but his heart has always belonged to Santa Fe, New Mexico, that is the town he calls his home and its where his family resides.
Alberto did not begin Jiu Jitsu at an early age like many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts have, he actually played soccer, he did a little boxing and wrestling when he was in elementary school. It was not until he was 18 years old and after some friends who had been bugging him for six months to go attend a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, that he finally got his first taste of Jiu Jitsu. “Once I did one class I was hooked! Then after I saw Royce Gracie, I saw the mixed martial arts, the vale tudo fighting and of course it pumped me up even more you know that I was doing something that really worked, that was really effective,” said Alberto Crane.