Bruno Bastos is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under Wendell Alexander. This tough competitor from Nova Uniao also loves to compete in Submission Wrestling, having fought in the greatest NoGi tournament in the world (the ADCC). Additionally, Bastos is a charity activist having formed projects that commit to taking youngsters off the streets.
Bruno Bastos in Detail
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: (2012-2016 Gold Medals only!!)
2016 IBJJF PanAmerican Champion
2016 IBJJF European Champion
2015 IBJJF NO-GI WORLD Champion
2015 SANTA CRUZ BJJ PRO
2015 IBJJF Houston International
2015 IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open
2015 FIVE Grappling National Champion
2014 IBJJF Houston International Open Champ
2014 IBJJF European Open Champion
2013 IBJJF WORLD MASTERS Superheavy Champion
2013 IBJJF PAN-AM NO-GI Superheavy masters Champion
2012 IBJJF WORLD NO-GI Super-Heavy masters Champion
2012 IBJJF WORLD NO-GI Absolute Masters black belt Champion
2012 IBJJF Arizona International Open Pesadissimo Preta Adulto Champ
2012 IBJJF Super-Pesado Preta Masters Pan-American Champ
NOTEABLE “SUPERFIGHT” EVENTS: Copa Podio, 2 x ADCC veteran, 2 x UFC Fan Expo Superfight, Fight to Win Pro 2, FIVE Grappling, EBI 6
Weight Category: Super Pesado (Super Heavyweight) 100.5kg/221lbs
Favourite Position/Technique: Half Guard
Bruno Bastos Team/Association: Bruno Bastos Association
Bruno Bastos Biography
Bruno Bastos was born on the 27th of March, 1980. He started training jiu jitsu in 1990 when he was 10 under Neury Gomes, and he stayed training under Neury for the next year and a half. He then picked up training with Aílson Brites for a short spell before finally ending with Wendell Alexander (in 1993) the coach that followed Bruno until he reached his black belt.
Bruno Bastos’s career has been pretty impressive from the “get go”, he started competing when he was still a yellow belt achieving the podium straight away, and he hasn’t stopped reaching the top spots of competitive BJJ since. Another peculiarity of Bruno is the “Bastos” surname, a name of some significance in jiu jitsu, as 6 of his family members also train and compete, they are Fernanda ( black belt), André (black belt), Ricardo (black belt), Bianca (black belt), Thiago and Felipe Bastos.
Just like his master, Wendell, Bruno Bastos is also involved in charity. In 2005 he created an organization called “Arte Suave”, an organization that tries to keep kids away from drugs through jiu jitsu. He was also involved in the creation of the “Projeto Atos”, a project that started with Bruno Bastos and a few other Nova Uniao students that got together through their evangelic church.
Bruno later began his journey as an instructor in the United States, breaking onto the scene in Dallas Texas from 2010-2012. In the Fall of 2012, he moved to Midland Texas to begin a new project to run a school instead of just a BJJ program. In doing this he took a fledgling academy, RhinoBJJ, and has taken it from a small 1 room office space, to a World Ranked academy, and as the headquarters for the #1 association in the State of Texas. The Bruno Bastos Association has broken away from Nova Uniao and has formed its own identity with top 3 finishes in Brazilian Nationals, Multiple International Opens, Kids American Nationals, and many many more events.
He lives in Midland with his wife, Judo black belt and world champion, Petya Bastos, and his son Joao Lucas.