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​​​Anderson Goncalves is the founder and lead Black Belt of AG BJJ / Tilt MMA. He is the highest ranked Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt in Alberta and among the highest ranked in Canada. Born in Petrópolis, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, a small town in the southeast region of Brazil, his love for jiu jitsu started at the age of 14 when he met mentor and teacher, Aloisio Silva. After receiving his blue belt when he was 15 years old, he moved to Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro with Aloisio Silva to join Aloisio's "Team Dojo".
As a young determined athlete, he lived at the gym with Aloisio and trained 2-3 times every day. With intense perseverance and training, he obtained his black belt from Aloisio Silva at the age of 20. Anderson's lineage can be traced down to the Gracie line, in that, Aloisio Silva received his black belt under Master Carlos Robson Gracie, son of Carlos Gracie.
In 1999, Anderson moved to Orange County, California with Aloisio and had the great honor of finding a master of life who became a dear friend and mentor, Master Joe Moreira. Master Joe Moreira is an 8th degree Coral Red and White belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 3rd degree Black Belt in Judo, a former UFC veteran, and the current President of the United States Federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Under the tutelage of Master Joe Moreira, Anderson became part of Team Punishment, training world-renowned former UFC champions such as Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Tito Ortiz.
Master Moreira's rank is an admirable one, as it is received by one of only 6 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Red Belts in the world, Master Francisco Mansor. Master Mansor was awarded his Red Belt (9th degree) by the Father of Jiu Jitsu himself, the late Grand Master Helio Gracie.
Anderson then moved to Calgary, Alberta, and opened the doors to AG Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2005. The rest is history! He continues to train the highest-level champions on both the local and international BJJ championship scenes, as well at the most reputable and sought-out MMA shows. Anderson continues to bring Master Moreira to Calgary on a regular basis and receives his mentorship to this day - a friendship that has now blossomed to that of family, much like our gym atmosphere.

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