Junior Assuncao is a seasoned MMA fighter and long time practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu. He talks about the early BJJ scene, new school vs old school mentality, bullying and the current state of BJJ in Brazil. He also reflects on a match against Marcelo Garcia. Click “read more” for show notes!



  • Catching up
  • Paul Creighton and the early Atlanta BJJ scene
  • Learning under Master Jacare Cavalcanti
  • Defending Jacare’s honor as a white belt
  • Coming up in the ranks
  • Leaving Alliance in the early 2000’s
  • Why he focuses on reality based Jiu-Jitsu
  • New School and Old School
  • Are people being ranked faster than before?
  • Capoeira and how it has impacted his BJJ
  • His game
  • Selecting training partners as an instructor
  • Curing bullies and teaching kids
  • Pursing MMA with his brothers
  • His fight against Dustin Hazlett
  • Competing against Marcelo Garcia
  • The Pummel
  • BJJ in Brazil
  • His upcoming fight in November