Part 4 of 5 of coach Bruno Bastos’ seminar at UFC fighter Stanislav Nedkov’s training camp

Part 4 of 5 of coach Bruno Bastos’ seminar at UFC fighter Stanislav Nedkov’s training camp

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Part 3 of 5 of coach Bruno Bastos’ seminar at UFC Fighter Stanislav Nedkov’s training camp

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Part 2 of 5 of Coach Bruno Bastos seminar at UFC fighter Stanislav Nedkov’s camp

Here coach Bruno Bastos shows a simple yet effective pass that can be made into a very good drill to enhance your game.

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Part 1 of 5 of Bruno Bastos Instructional Series from UFC fighter Stanislav Nedkov’s training camp

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Learn two Loop Chokes with GMA members Bruno Bastos, Vitor Shaolin

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The two black belts teach one Loop Choke technique each.



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Bruno Bastos JJ Affiliate Announced for Houston, Tx!

We are happy to announce that after a few years in Texas, we finally have a Houston base for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Coach Michael Altman of FuDogs MMA, we welcome you to the Bruno Bastos BJJ Association!!


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Coach Mike Altman began training in Judo at the age of nine at his neighborhood community center, and by the time he was fourteen he was training at the Progressive Amateur Boxing Association. He started Karate and Tae Kwon Do training at the age of sixteen. When he turned nineteen a friend introduced him to Chinese Kung Fu Master Sifu Paul Chu, and that’s where he started to be an expert in martial arts. It was always his desire to become a championship fighter, and when Sifu Chu accepted him as a student, that is when he began training to compete as a fighter. After three months under his tutelage, he competed in his first full contact knock down at a Karate tournament. When Altman asked Sifu what belt he should sign up as, he responded, “Black Belt!” He told Altman, “you want to fight the top guy … if you beat the beginner guy it means nothing.” He had three fights that day and ended up winning the tournament. He fought several dozen times under Sigh Chu in every category from point fighting to tough man contests.

In 1995, the International Wushu Federation held it’s World Championships in Baltimore Maryland, the first time in history the event was held outside of Asia. The US team trials were held in Dallas, Texas in the spring of 1995, where he won his weight division. Unfortunately, he was only selected as an alternate for the team. The USAWKF, which is the US branch of the IWF, had both a regional and national competition circuit. He fought in the 1985 kg and 90 kg weight classes and won the USAWKF National Championships in 95’,96’,97’. In 1997, in Orlando, Florida he won the United World Championship Tournament. Jason Yee fought Cung Le on PPV as the headliner in that event.

In 1991, he moved to New Jersey to advance his fighting techniques and further his competition opportunities. He fought in the Lou Neglias Kickboxing Promotion in Brooklyn, New York. He trained at the South River Kickboxing Club, and in 1994 he won the Tri-State Chinese Martial Arts Championship. This is the tournament where he first met Jason Yee, who told him about San Shou. In 1998, Altman turned professional in the Strikeforce Kickboxing Championships. He won the ISKA National Championship Title at 85 kg, knocking out Art Palacios at 1:22 in the first round. In 1999, he was asked to represent the US vs. China in an intercontinental championship. The fights were held in Deng Feng China, home of the Shaolin Temple. He won at 85 kg and placed 3rd in open weight. In 2001, he was invited to fight in the King of Sanda World Championships in Shanghai China. Altman and two other students, KJ Noons and Timothy Shelton, as well as a former team mate Julio Tujilio fought the Chinese team. Altman lost a five round decision, and returned to China in 2003 to fight in Zengzhou on a Chinese national TV broadcast. He won with a 5th round knock-out.

By 2006, Altman had a combined record of 39W 9L 21KO’s. He was 2W 1L in MMA when he fought John Kirk in the Renegades Fighting Championships. He had control for most of the first round, but lost position and wound up on the bottom, eventually taking too much damage to continue. Twelve weeks later he fought Cung Le in his MMA debut in the very first Strikeforce MMA Championship. He lost that one by a KO at 4:22 in round one. He took one more short notice fight against TUF Veteran Elliot Marshal at the Ring of Fire MMA in Denver, Colorado, and was submitted in the first with an Americana. He ended up tapping out because of both the high altitude and lack of preparation. This was the last time Altman competed professionally. For Altman, it was an easy transition to training others in the specialties of fitness training, education, and fighting. He trained fighters such as KJ Noons, Lee King, Sarah Ponce, Max Chen, Fabricio Camoes, Rick Slaton, Andre Galvao and many others. He was the US team assistant coach for the 2007 World Wushu Championships held in Viet Nam. In 2008, he coached Sarah Ponce and Max Chen at the Olympic Games in Beijing China. In his very first experiences in martial arts, his mentors saw a natural talent and determination, he was teachable, and adapted well to the nuances and techniques of self-defense.

Today, Altman enjoys doing what he does best and opened the fitness and fighting training center “FuDogs” in Houston, Texas. The center promotes fitness, exercise programs, personal training, programs for children and more. He specializes in boxing and fighting providing coaching, techniques, and ongoing support to his many clients. With a vast number of bouts in international and national championships and powerful fighting techniques, Altman now uses his experience to help and inspire other fighters to gain the fitness and confidence required to compete. He works with other hopeful fighters helping them reach their highest-potential and championship pursuits.

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Bruno Bastos shows a Spider Guard Pass (video)

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Bruno Bastos shows the 50/50 Guard Pass (video)

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Legacy Fighting Championship 22 – Bruno Bastos

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Bruno Bastos is well known in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a successful competitor from the acclaimed Nova Uniao school. Bastos (1-4) has dabbled in mixed martial arts in the past, and returns to the cage at Legacy Fighting Championship 22 in Lubbock, TX, when he takes on Gabriel Garcia (4-8). On paper, both fighters records are losing ones; however when you consider Bastos’ pedigree and the duration of Garcia’s career, having fought in 1999, and having competed in promotions such as WEC, King of the Cage and Ring of Fire, it becomes a more interesting matchup than at face value.

If you aren’t familiar with Bruno Bastos’ BJJ achievements, there are many, with some of the recent ones being IBJJF no-gi world champion at Absolute and Ultra Heavy (2012), IBJJF pro league silver medalist (2012) and IBJJF Pan-American Champion (2012). Bastos was born in his native Brazil, but now resides in Midland, TX where he has a school,

“I first came to the U.S. in 2008 for the No-Gi Worlds; I placed second, and did some local tournaments in Texas. I have a friend from Travis Lutter’s school (Legacy: American BJJ player, former UFC fighter and winner of TUF 4), who I met as he was dating one of my students. We became close friends, and he brought me out here in 2008 to do a seminar and help Travis with his fight. I came back in 2009 to fight in the Worlds, and a guy in Dallas was looking for an instructor for his school, so I started working there. In 2011, we finished the deal, and I was offered a partnership in Midland to teach there. It was a good move for me.”

For many people moving from overseas to the U.S., they find it a culture shock, as can be moving to a small town, but Bastos speaks warmly and positively about Midland, TX,

“Midland is my home now. A lot of people who come into the gym now tell me they didn’t think I was going to stay for more than a few months and leave, or they thought it was an affiliate school and I didn’t teach here, but as I have been here for a while, people realize that isn’t the case. Here is my whole life. A lot of people who live in small towns want to go big and live in the city, and I’m from the city. I’m happy to live in a smaller town. My wife and I are expecting our first baby in September; it’s nice to be here. Whatever you want to do, it’s here.”

Bastos had his first three MMA fights in 2005 and 2006, losing all three, with a win and loss in 2012, when he started competing in MMA again. His last loss in 2006 was to a fighter who is now very famous, the UFC’s Rousimar Palhares (14-5) in what was Palhares’ first professional fight.

“Back then, it was a political decision. One of my students was going to fight, and his opponent didn’t show up. I didn’t have much money at that time, so I agreed to fight if they paid me that much. I went to the sports store and bought a mouthpiece and we fought.”

Having fought Palhares with no notice, Bastos is doing things differently now. He’s preparing for his fight and confident about his training,

“I’m feeling good. I still have five to six weekends to go. I have two guys from Brazil training here, and it’s great to have some good training partners to work with. King Mo may come to help after he is finished with his fight.  I have to start my diet. That’s all part of the game, but not a fun part; also my conditioning training starts as well.”

Athletes who do well in one combat discipline, are often able to adapt more successfully than others to another. Bastos doesn’t have hard and fast plans to be a mixed martial arts champion, and will see what happens with this fight,

Bastos 01“I’ll wait to see how it goes. If it goes well, I will compete more; I’m not in it with the main aim of becoming a champion. By fighting, I get experience, and that helps me make my students better fighters inside the cage and on the mats as well. I believe what you do in the cage reflects your personality, and it’s a challenge for me. I’ve worked with some successful fighters, such as King Mo, Co Cop and other top names; I feel that I can be a better coach for them.”

Nova Uniao, which translates as New Union, is an extremely successful school formed from two academies from the Rio de Janeiro state led by André Pederneiras and Wendell Alexander. They have had many successful BJJ and MMA competitors, and are well known for working with financially poor youths.  Bruno Bastos has maintained this tradition, having benefitted himself when he was young,

“When I started in my day, I was ten years old. My mother paid for my brother and I to start, but couldn’t pay for us to carry on.  We wanted to train, and ‘Luizinho’ Luiz Herminio paid for us. He paid for all our membership, taking part in tournaments, and when I became eighteen, he opened a school where I could teach. It made a huge difference to me and to my life. For me, it was very clear I needed to pay back in life the good fortunes I had. I was charging adults to train but didn’t charge kids, so that they could have the opportunity. Today I have a black belt teaching there, and I have paid for kids to come here and compete. I’m so happy that I’ve been able to do that. I’m still helping them. I don’t feel that I have to do it. It’s a pleasure for me to do it. Most of us in Nova Uniao come from a similar situation, and we understand when people need opportunities.”

For someone who has achieved a great deal in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Bruno Bastos is sure to give his thanks to those who have helped him along the way.

“I’d like to thank my sponsors, Jaime Barron Immigration Law Group, Bold Energy, Fight Fetish, Aggro Brand, Jenni Larson from Oss Arizona Physical Therapy, James Brown from Core Chiropractic And Rehabilitation, FighterTech Supplements, Giulliano Massaras Conditioning Training, Gustavo Dantas Mental Skills Training; also thank to all my students at Bastos BJJ Midland, my affiliate schools at Bruno Bastos BJJ Association and my team Nova Uniao USA.; my teammates back in Brazil, Leo Santos, Jose Aldo, Marlon Sandro, Thales Leites and Claudia Gadelha for the friendship; my masters Wendell Alexander and Andre Pederneiras; and to end up, my brother Rico Bastos, sister Bianca Bastos, parents Aladin Cruz & Olinda Bastos, and my lovely wife, Petya Bastos, who is waiting for our first baby, Joao Lucas, who will be born in September.


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Nova Uniao at 2013 World BJJ Championships from


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With the biggest tournament of the year in the books, Nova Uniao can officially say it has 3 world champions! The team couldn’t be happier with our gold medalists and placers among them.

The biggest standouts were Isaque Bahiense, Sarah Black, and Marcio Andre. All won their respected divisions; Bahiense, the Male/Blue/Medium Heavy, Black, the Female/Purple/Light, and Andre, the Male/Purple/Feather.

Full list of placers below and full results at



Male/Juvenile 1/Light Feather/3rd Place-Justin Rebolloso

Male/Juvenile 1/Light/2nd Place-Austin Kells

Female/Juvenile 1/Middle/2nd Place-Yasmine Bann

Male/Super Heavy/2nd Place-Renato Tagliari


Male/Medium Heavy-3rd Place- Daniel Hampton


Male/Rooster/3rd Place-Guilherme Mori

Male/Light Feather/3rd Place-Alex Echlin

Female/Feather/3rd Place-Kristina Barlaan


Female/Light Feather/3rd place-Miriam Villar

Female/Feather/3rd Place-Joanne Vlahovich

Male/Senior 1/Super Heavy/2nd place-Rudolph Martinez






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