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Here you will find information about the Australian Branch of
The Nova União Jiu-Jitsu Team

History - Brazil


In the early 1990s, when competition jiu-jitsu was starting to become popular in Rio, a new team was founded, joining the two zones of the city.

Carlson Gracie’s pupil Andre Pederneiras (a black belt in jiu-jitsu and judo) had a strong team in Botofogo, in the South of Rio de Janeiro. To expand, he looked for new members for his team in the northern area of the city.

At this time, the North Zone was considered technically inferior in jiu-jitsu and Andre aimed to help the area as part of his quest.

Meaning “New Union”, the Nova União Jiu-Jitsu Academy was founded in Rio de Janeiro in 1995 when the Mello Tenis Clube Jiu-Jitsu, headed by Wendell Alexander, joined with Andre’s team. Wendell was a black belt from Sebastião Ricardo, who in turn was a student of the Master Oswaldo Fadda, one of the few people to train in Brazil under Sensei Maeda of Japan.

Within a few short years the team had a production line of local (state), national (Brazilian) and world champions which culminated in the team winning the Team Division at the 1997 World Championship.


History - Australia


In early 2014 Nova Uniao Founder Andre Pederneiras announced that there was a major re-structuring of the team, in Brazil and throughout the world.

He then instructed his 3rd degree black belt Marcelino Freitas, who resides in Melbourne, to oversee the re-structure of the team here in Australia.

The only other black belt in Australia to be graded by Master Andre - Rodney Ellis (2nd degree) - was asked by Marcelino to assist in the re-development.

Andre & Marcelino Marcelino & Rodney Andre & Rodney