“I spent Christmas and New Year’s training. My friends went to beach during the summer time while I trained.”
Written By: Hector Silva
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Gracie Barra Black Belt Alejandro Siqueira to discuss his BJJ career. He is a 7 time Brazilian National Champion and is looking forward to making a name for himself in the United States. He is currently teaching at Gracie Barra Champions Forrest and has a super-fight at the Texas International Grappling Festival on April 9th against Paradigm’s Igor Santos.
Alejandro: All my friends started to train when the teacher arrived in Brasilia from Juquinha RIO DE JANEIRO.
TCD.net: With who and where did you train when you began your Jiu Jiitsu career?
Alejandro: I trained with Proffesor Admilson Brites Juquinha in my home town of Brasilia.
TCD.net: What tittles do you have?
Alejando: I am a Brazilian National Champion no gi brown belt 2008, 2008 world champion GI BROWN BELT, 2 time NAGA CHAMPION (2009,2010), ATAM OPEN CHAMPION 2009, CHAMPION SOUTH AMERICA 2007, 2 time HOUSTON OPEN CHAMPION (2010,2011). I have over 50 medals in competition (adult division) in Brazil.
TCD.net: What made you leave your family behind and come to Texas?
Alejandro: I live for BJJ. I love BJJ! It is my life. I came to Texas because I saw great potential in BJJ here and effectively it grew very quickly. I also have many friends here and was very well received.
TCD.net: Tell me about the experience you had in Australia?
Alejandro: It was a very good experience. I made new friends, saw new cities and had the awesome opportunity to compete in the Melbourne PAN PACIFIC IBJJF Tournament.
TCD.net: So what brings you back to Texas for the second time?
Alejandro: It was thanks to god and my friends. I did very well in my competitions here in Texas and people got to know me for my teaching ability and jiu jitsu. I had other offers to work in other states but because of my amazing friends I decided that I wanted to accomplish and continue to build my dreams here in Texas.
TCD.net: What dream would that be?
Alejandro: I want to form a kids jiu jitsu team of champions, and eventually train a competitor who will win the IBJJF World Championships in California.
TCD.net: I have noticed that a lot of black belts stop competing after they receive their black belts. What motivates you to keep competing?
Alejandro: I LOVE the adrenaline that I get form competing. When I first started training my master always encouraged me to compete. He is a great champion and he inspires me to compete more here in Texas so people can see my jiu jitsu and recognize me as a great champion too.
TCD.net: What emotions run through you when you win?
Alejandro: It is very rewarding when you train hard and become a champion. It is such a great reward seeing your training pay off. This rush just makes me want to train more and compete more so it sends me into a cycle.
Alejandro: I was thrilled because that day was the 10 year anniversary of the death of my brother Alessandro, and he was very important in my life. Also, at that moment I remembered my mother; she had asked me not to come back. I also remembered all the problems I went through when I returned to Brazil in July 2010. I felt alone without the support of the people I most needed, so I came back to PROVE my worth. I trained hard to win this absolute open class at the IBJJF Houston Open. I spent Christmas and New Year’s training. My friends went to beach during the summer time while I trained.
TCD.net: What can you tell me about your super-fight with Igor Santos?
Alejandro: I hope we have a beautiful fight! People in Texas deserve to watch a great BJJ fight.
TCD.net: What are your future plans?
Alejandro: I want to stay in Texas and my dream is to make a world champion in BJJ. I want to make my name as a coach. I have a good knowledge of BJJ and a lot of experience in competitions.
TCD.net: Is there anyone you would like to thank?
Alejandro: I thank GOD, my family, my friend Alexander Babalu Cerritos California, my master Admilson Brites 5th degree black belt under Royler Gracie. My friend at Gracie Barra Tx John Koeshall. I also wanted to leave a special message for my mother and my daughter Sagor Raphaelle Doudement, I love you you made everything possible for me. AMO VOCES.