Gracie Barra AlbuquerqueGracie Barra Albuquerque

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  • 12251 Academy Road Suite 103
  • Albuquerque , NM 87111 United States
  • (505) 504-2100

Team Members

Roberto “Tussa” Alencar
Black Belt 3rd degree

Professor Roberto “Tussa” Alencar is the head instructor of Gracie Barra New Mexico. With over 20 years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, professor “TUSSA” has been teaching since he was a purple belt. 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. He has traveled the world competing, teaching and coaching. He also serves as a JIU JITSU coach for many professional fighters in the UFC and other MMA organizations. He also served as the head JIU JITSU coach for Team Australia on the UFC Ultimate Fighter reality show.
Contact our staff for private classes with Professor Tussa.
Notable achievements:

  • 5x World Nogi Champion (2012, 2009, 2009 absolute, 2008, 2007)
  • 3 notice silver
  • Pan American Champion (2009, 2013)
  • World Silver Medallist (2007)
  • Pan American Silver Medallist (2008)
  • Brazilian National Open Weight Silver Medallist (2004 brown)
  • 2x World Bronze Medallist (2010, 2008)
  • 2x Pan American Bronze Medallist (2010, 2007)

 David Binder
Black Belt

A native of North East Albuquerque, David has made his passion a career. David started JIU JITSU in 2007. He began training under Mario ‘Busy’ Correa in Colorado then moved back to Albuquerque to study under Professor Tussa and Professor Rafael Barata. David is a strong competitor with a passion for teaching. David has been working and teaching for Gracie Barra New Mexico since 2010.

His knowledge of technique is at a world class level and his teaching is of the same caliber.

  • 2010 Gracie Nationals (Blue belt Gi and nogi) Champion
  • 2013 Edge Fighting Challenge MMA 155 Winner
  • 2014 IBJJF Las Vegas Spring Open (Brown Belt) Bronze
  • 2014 IBJJF Las Vegas Summer Open (Brown Belt) Silver
  • 2014 IBJJF Masters World Championships (Brown Belt) Bronze
  • 2015 IBJJF Pan Am (Brown belt) Silver

Don Ortega
Black Belt 2nd Degree

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, 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. Don has competed twice in the ADCC World Championships considered by many as the olympics of submission grappling Ortega trains daily and teaches at Gracie Barra NM.

  • World Nogi Bronze Medalist (2013)
  • 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
  • 2007 FILA World Grappling Champion
  • 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
  • 2 Time NCAA National Qualifier
  • 1-0 Professional Mixed Martial Arts record
  • New Mexico State Wrestling Champion
  • 5-0 Amateur boxing record

rafael freitasRafael “Barata” De Freitas

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

  • Pan American Champion (2011)
  • World Nogi Champion (2007 brown)
  • World Nogi Silver Medallist (2008, 2013)
  • American National No Gi Silver Medallist (2010)
  • Las VegasOpen Silver Medallist (2010)
  • Pan American Silver Medallist (2007 brown)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2010)
  • World Nogi Bronze Medallist (2010, 2009)
  • 5-1 Professional Mixed Martial Arts record
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