Alexandre Garcia was born in October 28, 1975. Raised in the tough streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Alexandre was always very interested in learning martial arts. At age 9, he started taking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes in a nearby catholic school. That was Alexandre’s first contact with Jiu-Jitsu.
A while later, Alexandre attended a seminar hosted by Royler Gracie (one of the members of the family who developed the sport), and found out that one of Royler’s students (Professor Marcão) had just opened a school close by, where he started training immediately.
In December 2002, Alexandre went to South Lake Tahoe where he lived for a couple years. On a trip to Reno, Alexandre met his wife and decided to move there, where he also opened a small business to get his life going. After establishing himself, Alexandre, moved by his passion for the sport, sought to continue his training. Still under the Gracie family, he trained hard for several years, earned his brown belt, and then, very confident of his skills, started teaching Jiu-Jitsu at Sports West Athletic Club. Right from the beginning of his teaching experience, Alexandre knew this was what he really loved doing and what he wanted to be his life.
Alexandre has won several tournaments in Brazil as well as in the United States. In addition, Alexandre was the head Jiu-Jitsu instructor at the the legendary UFC champion Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den. Alexandre then decided to do what he does best and opened his own BJJ school in Reno, Nevada. Alexandre is a part of the BJJ Chekmat organization, and trains under black belt Elizandro Beda.