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Bruno Malfacine

Bruno Malfacine

Bruno Malfacine is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete, MMA fighter and Academy owner who currently resides in Orlando, Florida.  He is widely considered one of the best pound for pound jiu jitsu athletes to ever compete, having won an unprecedented 10 IBJJF World Championship titles in the Rooster weight division.  In an emotional display he left his black belt on the mats after his 10th world title leaving his mark on competitive BJJ forever.  He has now transitioned fully to focus on the next phase of his career as a mixed martial artist starting off with a three fight win streak for the Brave CF organization.

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  • IBJJF World Champion (2007/2009/2010/2011/2012/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2007/2008/2015/2017)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2010)
  • IBJJF Rio International Open Champion (2008/2009)
  • CBJJ Brazilian Champion (2008/2009/2010)
  • CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi Champion (2009)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2011)
  • IBJJF European Open 2nd Place (2011)

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Behind the Scenes:  How to Beat Bigger Guys 

In this first video, BJJ Fanatics and Bruno Malfacine take you behind the scenes during the filming of his newest instructional release "How to Beat Bigger Guys:  Guard".  Check it out and get a sense of the work ethic that has helped produce 10 world championships and three straight MMA victories!

 Balloon Sweep Variation

There are lots and lots of De La Riva details in the set up of this Balloon Sweep that is guaranteed to keep the heavier, stronger opponents unbalanced and ready to topple over at any time!  Get after it today!

 Knee Push Sweep 

 The butterfly guard is one of the earliest versions of open guard popularized in the history of BJJ.  It's also a position that is crucial to help carry the weight of larger, stronger opponents and either reverse them or set up other positions or techniques.  Bruno is a master of the butterfly guard and his details will make your butterfly guard better guaranteed.


 Inside Leg Trip from X Guard

The X guard is also a very effective position that can be utilized by the smaller grappler to maintain distance, create unbalancing and secure reversals on your opponent.  Being one of the greatest roosterweight grapplers in history, Bruno is going to reveal all of his X guard secrets in his "How to Beat the Bigger Guy" series and in this video.  Check it out!

Bruno Malfacine recently visited BJJ Fanatics and recorded his first instructional with us that is guaranteed to help smaller grapplers deal with the larger opponents and bigger grapplers deal with even bigger grapplers!  Get your copy today here!


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Bruno Malfacine

 Bruno Malfacine was born in 1986 in Rio De Janeiro state and began jiu jitsu training under the influence of an uncle when he was 11 in 1998.  Initially studying under Carlos Santana, he was able to achieve the orange belt before Carlos Santana stopped teaching and he had to look for another coach.

Still being encouraged by his uncle who trained BJJ as well, he resumed his training under Vinicius Amaral under an early version of the current GFT affiliation and would eventually earn all of his color belts from Amaral.  In 2008, Bruno had the opportunity to relocate to Sao Paolo to train with Fabio Gurgel at his powerhouse Alliance Academy.  It would be here that he would spark friendships and long time relationships with future champions like Bernardo Faria.  It would be under the watchful eye of Fabio Gurgel that Bruno would build on his color belt success and begin the long journey to achieving 10 world titles at the black belt level.

Notable Techniques

 To get a full sense of Bruno Malfacine as a martial artist and athlete, very few highlights are as effective as Flow from William Burkhardt.  This is the kind of movement that all practitioners strive for and when captured by talented videographers, it can be truly inspiring for all.  Check it out and get flowing as you work to handle those bigger grapplers!

 In the video below, Bruno shares with long time teammate, training partner and friend Bernardo Faria his favorite sweep against bigger opponents.  By setting up butterfly guard, Bruno tricks his opponent into prepping for the sweep and then has the rug pulled out from under them.  Check it out for yourself!


 Following the theme of dealing with the larger, stronger opponent, Bruno shares with Bernardo Faria his favorite technique to avoid getting smashed by bigger, heavier people.  By utilizing the arm drag, he is able to divert their weight and posture in a way that is advantageous for him.  Check it out!



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 The first video is a highlight of Bruno's most recent World Championship campaign and the one that saw him leaving his black belt in the center of the mat, symbolizing the end of the his competitive career as a black belt.  Inspiring and poignant at the same time.

 In the next highlight from a few years ago, we see more of Bruno in action as one of the most decorated Alliance athletes in history.  

 Finally, here is an older highlight featuring Bruno Malfacine at the time when he was only halfway to his unprecedented 10 world titles as a roosterweight.


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