Ruben Alvarez is a 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Tom Deblass. Originally, Ruben trained under Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu and has since joined the Deblass association along with the likes of Freddy Trillo, Josh Hayden, and some other incredible BJJ athletes and instructors. Ruben is skilled in the NoGi game and well versed in leglocks, kimuras, and wrestling techniques.
In this episode, we talk about Ruben's experience training under Tom Deblass and why Ruben decided to join the team. Additionally, Ruben has lately been getting into shooting and we talk about how shooting can help Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and vice versa. Towards the end, we discuss junior black belts, so-called "leglock experts", and some stories from Ruben's experience as a bouncer.
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Ruben's sponsor "No Judges Needed". Use the code word RubenBJJ to get yourself a discount
Mike Cardosa, Ruben's very first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor
Here's a video breaking down proper shooting technique. Notice the similarities to BJJ
Gracie Fishhawk, the academy owned and operated by the Hayden brothers
The legendary Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu, Ruben's first instructor
The book called the Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
Renato Tavares and the controversy surrounding Junior BJJ Black Belts. My friend Mike Stewart Jr. posted the original photo and info that stirred up a little controversy in the BJJ world. Here's an article summarizing what happened