Alexandre "Gigi" Paiva is a legendary figure in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu. He has been World Champion, Pan American Champion, World Bronze Medalist, and five-time Champion of Campeonato Internacional de Masters e Seniors de Jiu-Jitsu. He is also one of the founders of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu--the only team to win every major BJJ competition in a single year--and heads their academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Paiva's students include two-time World Champion Fernando "Terere" Augusto da Silva and Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa, two-time winner of the All-Japan BJJ Open.
"Alexandre Paiva is one of the most technical fighters of our
generation. A great competitor has also become a great teacher.
Along with his Master Romero Jacare and his friend Fabio Gurgel, he
is a major contributor to the success of his team in the Alliance
BJJ tournaments. A man of character, he is an example to be
followed inside and outside the mat by the young." --Murilo
Bustamante, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and former UFC
"Alexandre is one of the most technical guys that I had ever rolled with, excellent teacher and great person. If he is showing his moves in this book, you must have it: his techniques are unique. We have been working together for more than 25 years in order to build the Alliance school and I hope we can have at least 25 years more." --Fabio Gurgel, eight-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and president of the Brazil-based Professional League of Jiu Jitsu
"I've always heard of Alexandre Paiva (Gigi) and what he knew when it came to jiu-jitsu, but when I met him in person, he was an encyclopedia of jiu-jitsu. In the little time I knew him, I learned a lot. And I'm sure I'll learn even more because he is an excellent teacher." --Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles, six-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion