Full Name: Gezary Matuda Kubis Bandeira
Nickname: Gezary is often called ‘Ge’, a nickname that has followed her since childhood which is short for Gezary.
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
Favourite Position/Technique: Armbar
Weight Division: Peso Pluma (53,50 kg / 118.0 lbs)
Team/Association: American Top Team
Gezary Matuda Bandeira was born on the 12th of July, 1983 in Curitiba, state of Paraná – Brazil. Her martial arts life started at the age of 15 through Capoeira. Two years later she added Muay Thai to her training, influenced by her brother who was a thai-boxer at the time. Gezary spent many years training, and it was through her Muay Thai coach that she found Jiu Jitsu in 2004. Her striking coach believed she should add some groundwork to her training regime, as a result Matuda became a student of BJJ coach, Carlos ‘Penão’ Alexandre Conceição (a black belt under Carlson Gracie).
Although Gezary had always requested her Thai Boxing coach to fight, she never managed to get her time on the ring competitively. In Jiu Jitsu, on the other hand, she started competing with less than a month of training. This competitive facet of BJJ really captivated Gezary who became more and more a Jiu Jitsu fan, relegating the striking game.
‘Penão’ awarded Gezary all her belts from white to purple, after which Matuda moved to the United States with her husband. There she sought out coach Ricardo Liborio and his American Top Team. It was there that Gezary earned her brown and later her black belt (on July 2012) after winning the world championship.
Gezary is an amazing athlete and a role model for girls and women all around the world. She loves skateboarding around Miami, where she lives, trains and teaches Jiu-jitsu. We are honoured to say she will be our guest female jiu-jitsu instructor for #jjescapes Bali Edition, 2019.
Full Name: Bruno da Silva Malfacine
Nickname: He is called “Bad Boy”, the name was given by his training partners when he was still a child.
Main Achievements (Coloured Belts):
Favourite Position/Submission: Butterfly Guard & Taking the back
Weight Division: Peso Galo (54.4Kg – 126lbs)
Team/Association: Aliance (formerly GF/UGF/GFT)
Bruno Malfacine was born on the 28th of August, 1986 in Duque de Caxias (Rio de Janeiro State), Brazil. Bruno started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when he was 11 years old (1998) under the instruction of Carlos Santana. He began training via his uncle’s influence, a BJJ enthusiast who was also training BJJ at the time. Unfortunately, Malfacine had to interrupt his training at orange belt because the coach, Mr Santana, stopped coaching.
Malfacine’s Jiu Jitsu career almost ended there and then, but with his family’s support (especially from his uncle) he restarted his training routine with Vinicius Amaral from the Academia Game Fight, an affiliate of GFT (Gama Filho Team – now Grappling Fight Team). With Professor Vinicius Amaral Bruno Malfacine achieved his blue, purple, brown and black belt. In the end of 2008 Malfacine had the opportunity to train with “The General” Fabio Gurgel, one of the best BJJ coaches in the World and the leader of Alliance’s Team in Brazil. Bruno did not turn down such an opportunity and moved to São Paulo to train at Alliance’s HQ.