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Team Members

Roberto “Tussa” Alencar

Black Belt 2nd degree

Professor Roberto “Tussa” Alencar is the head instructor of Gracie Barra New Mexico. With over 16 years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, professor “TUSSA” has been teaching since he was a purple belt 10 years ago. Having a lot of enthusiasm, professionalism, and determination he is growing a huge army of Jiu –Jitsu practitioners across New Mexico. Besides his career as a professor, Roberto Alencar has earned many titles as a competitor including 4 time NO GI world champion, 2009 NO GI absolute division World Champion, 2012 Heavy weight Pro League champion,Pan American Champion, 2 x World Runner-up, two time Brazilian national champion.

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Abu Dhabi World Pro Trials (2013)
  • 4x IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2009, 2008, 2007,2012)
  • IBJJF World Silver Medalist (2007)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2009)
  • IBJJF World No Gi Champion Absolute Division (2007)
  • 3x IBJJF World Bronze Medallist ( 2008, 2010,2012)
  • 2x IBJJF Pan American Bronze Medallist (2010, 2007)
  • Pro League Heavy Weight Champion ( 2012)
  • Abu Dhabi Pro Trials Champion (2012)
  • Abu Dahbi Pro Silver Medalist (2012)
  • IBJJF European Silver Medalist (2012)
  • IBJJF No Gi Pan American Champion (2012)
  • IBJJF World Champion Masters Division (2012)
  • ADCC Brazilian Trials 3rd Place
  • IBJJF No Gi Pan American Silver Medalist
  • IBJJF Pan American Silver Medallist (2008)
  • IBJJF Brazilian National Open Weight Silver Medallist (2004 brown)

Rafael “Barata” Freitas

Black Belt

Professor Rafael de Freitas, also known by his nickname “Barata”, is best-known for his creation of a shoulder lock submission named by his teammates as the: Baratoplata. Professor Rafael “Barata” has over 13 years of training. Technique is a major focus in his teaching and training philosophy. His positive personality and strict dedication make him a fierce competitor. He is a Black Belt Pan American Champion, A No Gi World Champion, and took Third Place at the World Championships as a Black Belt. He is also undefeated in his professional career in MMA and considered one of the best in the world in the 125 pound division. His charisma and witty personality help him to win over the hearts of his students and fans alike.


Notable Accomplishments:

  • 2X IBJJF World Bronze Medallist (2010, 2012)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2011)
  • 2X IBJJF World No GI Silver Medalist (2008, 2012)
  • IBJJF World No GI Champion (2007 brown)
  • IBJJF American National No Gi Silver Medalist (2010)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Open Silver Medalist (2010)
  • IBJJF Pan American Silver Medallist (2007 brown)
  • 2X World No Gi Bronze Medallist (2010, 2009)
  • 5-0 Professional Mixed Martial Arts record


Don Ortega

Black Belt

After graduating from Adams State College Don Ortega Started training Jiu Jitsu in 2003. Studying under Alberto Crane and Draculino, Don found a new passion. In the summer of 2004 Ortega made his MMA debut by defeating UFC veteran Brad Gumm. The following year Ortega returned to Adams State College to finish his final year of wrestling eligibility. With a rekindled fire for competition Ortega claimed 7th place at Division II NCAA National Championships earning All-American. Ortega then returned to Jiu-Jitsu winning titles in the Gi and No Gi divisions. Most notably, he won the 2007 FILA World Championships in Antalya, Turkey,(Beat Bill Cooper in Final) the ADCC Trials in 2009, and the 2008 IBJJF World Championships. Ortega became the first American to win the brown belt middle heavy division in the IBJJF’s history of the tournament. Ortega trains daily and teaches at Gracie Barra NM.

Notable Accomplishments:

  • 2x ADCC Veteran (Barcelona 2009, UK 2011)
  • 2008 IBJJF World Champion – Brown Belt
  • 2007 FILA World Grappling Champion
  • 2011 ADCC West Coast Trials – Runner-up
  • 2010 ADDC East Coast Trials – Runner-up
  • 2009 ADCC trials Champion
  • IBJJF World No GI Silver Medalist (2008 Brown)
  • IBJJF World No GI Silver Medalist Absolute (2008 Brown)
  • 2007 World Team Trials National Champion
  • 2007 IBJJF Pan American Champion – Purple Belt
  • 2006 IBJJF Pan American Champion – Blue Belt
  • 2005 NCAA Division II All-American (Wrestling)
  • 2 Time NCAA National Qualifier (Wrestling)
  • 1-0 Professional Mixed Martial Arts record
  • New Mexico State Wrestling Champion

Russell White

Black Belt
Gracie Barra West Side


Professor Russ is a true inspiration to all of his students here at GBNM.
Professor Russ met professors Tussa and Barata 9 years ago and it was their passion for Gracie Barra and Jiu Jitsu that pushed him to try a class. Like many of you, he immediately fell in love with the sport and has never stopped training.

Born and raised in Santa Fe, Russ is truly a pioneer at Gracie Barra New Mexico and he has working experience in all critical areas of the academy.  His first job was ensuring our school was always clean and looking great. Russ hard work paid off as he was promoted to Program Director and now to expert black belt instructor. With great technique and enthusiasm he took over the Kids Program at GB West Side; and you can see the impact on the team. He now teaches some of the Adult classes at GB West Side. So come out and try one of his classes!

In addition to learning and teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Professor Russ studied and became a certified Yoga Instructor. He is inspirational and devoted to his lifestyle and students feel his passion in every class. He is absolutely one of the reasons our team is so strong and united. Thank you for all that you do Professor Russ!

Follow Professor Russ.
IG: @saythemagicworld

More Notable Accomplishments:

  • 2016 Fight2Win Pro Champion (Awarded Brown Belt Fight of the Year)
  • 2016 IBJJF Pan-ams (3rd place)
  • 2016 Abu Dhabi USA National Pro (2nd Place)
  • 2016 Gracie Barra New Mexico Inter-School Challenge (1st Place Absolute Division)
  • 2016 Southwest Grapplefest No-Gi (2nd Place Pro Elite division)
  • 2016 Southwest Grapplefest No-Gi (1st Advanced Division)
  • 2015 Fight2Win New Mexico Showdown (2nd Place Gi)
  • 2015 Fight2Win New Mexico Showdown (2nd Place No-Gi)
  • 2015 Southwest Grapplefest (1st Place Pro Elite Division)
  • 2015 Southwest Grapplefest (1st Place Advanced Division)
  • 2015 Gracie Barra New Mexico Inter-School Challenge (3rd Place Absolute Division)
  • 2014 IBJJF No-Gi World Championship (2nd Place)
  • 2014 Combat Sports Club Southwest Championship (1st Place Gi)
  • 2014 Combat Sports Club Southwest Championship (2nd Place Gi Absolute)
  • 2014 Southwest Grapplefest (1st Place No-Gi Advanced)
  • 2013 IBJJF American Nationals (3rd Place Gi)
  • 2013 IBJJF American Nationals (2nd Place No Gi)
  • 13 IBJJF Las Vegas Summer Open (2nd Place)
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