Mestre Alvaro Barreto Chicago Seminar 4/26-27

Mestre Alvaro Barreto, 8th degree Red and Black belt will be coming to Force Jiu Jitsu in Burr Ridge, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) to conduct a seminar.

When: Saturday April 26, 2007 at 3:00 PM, Sunday April 27, 2007 11:00 AM
Where: Force Jiu Jitsu, 7960 S. Madison, Burr Ridge, IL 630-355-4100. Directions to Force Jiu Jitsu can be found at
Cost: $80

Mestre Alvaro Barreto Holds an 8th Degree Red & Black Belt. At 10 years of age, began training Jiu-Jitsu with Carlos & Helio Gracie. At 17 years of age, he was an instructor at "Academia Gracie", the original Gracie Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. When he was 20 years old, he left "Academia Gracie" to be head instructor at his brother, Joao Alberto Barreto's Academy in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. Joao Alberto lived and trained with Helio Gracie for 12 years, fought in numerous Vale-Tudo competitions defending the "Gracie" name. At 24 years of age, Mestre Alvaro Barreto, opened his first academy, "Academia Alvaro Barreto", now known as "Corpo Quatro" located in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. Many instructors have taught at Corpo Quatro, including: Pedro Sauer, Sylvio Behring, Sergio Souza "Bolao", and many others. In 1967, Alvaro Barreto, Helio Gracie, Joao Alberto, and Helcio Leal Binda formed the 1st Jiu-Jitsu Federation in Brazil and established the belt ranking progression. Alvaro Barreto holds a Master's Degree in Physical Education from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where he is also a professor. He has been a black belt for over 40 years, making him a walking encyclopedia of the art.