10.15.2009

EVOLVE MMA: BIG NEWS!!!

Another BJJ Black Belt Champion joins Evolve!



Evolve Mixed Martial Arts is pleased to announce the addition of a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Champion to its elite Instructor Team. With the addition of Joao Carneiro, Evolve Singapore will have a total of 6 Black Belt instructors from Brazil with 2 Mundials World Champions.

Joao Carneiro is a Black Belt under the legendary Roberto "Gordo" Correa de Lima. He is the winner of numerous regional and national competitions in Brazil. His favorite techniques are the armbar and triangle choke.


BJJ Legend Gordo is coming to EvolveBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend and 4th Degree Black Belt World Champion, Roberto "Gordo" Correa de Lima, is coming to Evolve Mixed Martial Arts to teach for a month in Singapore.

Gordo is the inventor of the half-guard and has won all of the major National and World BJJ Championships a few times each. As one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu masters in Brazil, he has produced many BJJ World Champions such as Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz, Antonio Braga Neto, Leandro Brodinho Issa, and many others. Gordo has also produced UFC fighters such as Rafael Dos Anjos and Marcio Cruz.

Gordo is the head of Evolve Brazil and is the older brother of Rafael "Gordinho" Correa de Lima, the Head Instructor of the Evolve BJJ Program in Singapore.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Webber here. Good grief a black (belt) hole is opening in Singapore and sucking a lot of major talent into its maw. What am I going to do? Rearrange my retirement plans from "jai dee" "sanuk" Thailand (not to mention my wife, who is Thai) to "no bubble gum" "fine state" Singapore just so I can continue studying great jiu jitsu post-retirement?

Seriously though, whoever is providing the financial backing to build up Evolve academies and recruit top talent deserves more than a small tip of the hat in recognition.

Only a few months ago my instructor, Eduardo Fraga, was hosting Gordo and Neto Braga for a seminar at Ralph Gracie Berkeley...and scratching his head wondering why I was doing junkets to SE Asia to train BJJ. Now Gordo is going to be visiting Singapore for a month. And now there are how many Brazilian black belts in Singagpore? (And of course its just been in the past year that Bangkok has added its own first resident black belt, in the form of Prof. Kayoom.)

I just hope M. Eduardo can come out with me on one of the junkets and see that the BJJ seed is growing in SE Asia, like a big crazy banyan tree.

Also, Thailand needs to redress the changing balance of power in SE Asia and resume what EMACS was doing two years ago, bringing in instructors to give a few seminars and hang out for a while!

Anonymous said...

John here. I agree with Webber. Evolve already has an insane lineup of BJJ Black Belts and World Champs. But I went to their website and saw that their Muay Thai program is even deeper than their BJJ program. Kudos to the owners of Evolve for bringing the world's best to Asia. I'll be heading down there to train next month. I'll let you guys know how it goes. But yes, Webber is right. Evolve has got to be one of the best outside of Brazil.

Anonymous said...

Gordinho is one of the best instructors that I've ever trained under. And Brodinho is a wrecking machine. I came to Singapore from the US where I was spoiled by the Gracies as my teachers. I was expecting subpar training in Singapore, but I have to say that the BJJ program at Evolve is unreal. I feel like I am in Brazil. John, come down and train with us. This is one of the few times that I think the reality is greater than the hype...

Anonymous said...

I trained with Joao when I visited Brazil about a month ago. He was training out of Gordos school in Novo Leblon. This guy has great jiu jitsu. When you ask him questions, he breaks things down in to very good details. His english is excellent as well. I think that he has traveled around the world doing seminar and what not. I believe he placed in the Euro Championships this year

Ray Elbe said...

Very impressive school, working hard to establish BJJ, MMA, and Muay Thai in Southeast Asia.

Anonymous said...

Gilbert Durinho Burns is headed to Singapore also, he took 2nd place in the Mundials 2009 black belt lightweight division upsetting many favorites.

multiple time brasiliero champ also.

LUKE said...

Things are definitely in the works for BJJ in Thailand for 2010. EMAC has always been a huge part in supporting the Bangkok scene with bringing in great instructors and Bangkok BJJ is looking to do the same.

This November will be our 1-year anniversary and in that time we've brought such black-belts as Alex Prates (Gracie Humaita)and Mauricio 'Tinguinha' Mariano. And now with our head instructor Prof Kayoom, there will be even more support to build a stronger network coming through Thailand.

Very exciting times we're in for both BJJ and MMA in Southeast Asia.

Anonymous said...

I'm heading over to train at Evolve next week to see if it is the real deal or not. I'll give you guys the scoop afterwards. I admit - I'm a little more skeptical than all of you guys here. How is it possible that all these World Champions in BJJ and Muay Thai all teach under 1 roof? Can anyone verify that the Evolve Instructor List is real? It just sounds too good to be true.

kevin said...

i've been an evolve student for the last year or so. the instructor list at evolve is legit, bro. something like 30 of them here and they all have the goods. its pretty sick watching them train. don't be starting any hate, bro.

Chatri said...

Thanks for all the nice comments. At Evolve, we simply try to bring the best possible talent in BJJ, Muay Thai, and MMA from around the world to come to teach here in Singapore. Admittedly, we've been very lucky. And yes, it looks like Southeast Asia is poised to skyrocket with elite world-class gyms like Tiger Muay Thai and EMAC.

Anonymous said...

I tell you how they do it.

They first spent some money getting Thais to come in. Wages for Thais are lower.

Then they can get the BJJ tops to come because they can get free privates for MT.

A Shrewed, clever business plan.

Anonymous said...

^^LOL

JASON said...

take a look at their website. they own schools in singapore, thailand, and brazil. that's how they do it.