9.03.2008

CRISTIANO CARVALHO

Photo: Cristiano with Kreation Jiu Jitsu instructors Kon and Sulaiman
NAME: Cristiano Carvalho
INSTRUCTOR: Sérgio Lisboa (Black Belt third degree)
ORIGINAL TEAM: Liga Jiu Jitsu
SCHOOL IN SEA: Kreation Jiu Jitsu, Budo Academy, Singapore
WEBSITE: www.ligajiujitsu.com.br (Brazil), http://kreationjj.blogspot.com/ (Singapore)
CONTACT INFO: cristianoefei@hotmail.com
HOMETOWN: São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil.

PERSONAL HISTORY:
Cristiano trained Judo from the age of 8 until he was 18 in his hometown of São José do Campos in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

In 1995, Cristiano moved to the small town of Itajubá in the state of Minas Gerais to attend Engineering University. In Itajubá, he first started Jiu Jitsu at the Nova União Club and has continued to train and compete ever since. While living in Itajubá, he had the opportunity to interact, train and compete at a very high standard of Jiu Jitsu. In this period, there were several notable competitive guys in the region, including Marcelo Garcia, Reinaldo Ribeiro and Carlos Português.

In 1999, he moved to California and spent one year training at Ralph Gracie's Academy. Cristiano returned to Brazil in 2000 to start his career as an engineer with aircraft manufacturer Embraer in his home town of São José dos Campos (1 hour by car from São Paulo city). Even while working as engineer, he kept training every evening at Liga Jiu Jitsu (a school affiliated with Osvaldo Alves BJJ ) and often competed in FESP (Federação do Estado de São Paulo) tournaments.

In 2008, Cristiano was transferred to Singapore where he is the first resident Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt.

TIME OF STAY: Cristiano will be in Singapore for 4 years from 2008 until 2012

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