Alex Canders

BackgroundAlex & Barata

Alex started his lifelong journey in the martial arts at age 11 with Kempo Karate, since he has wrestled in high school and trained Wing Tsun and Escrima for over 10 years, and has been involved in CrossFit for over five.

Alex always had a love for grappling and entered some beginner tournaments, after getting mediocre results he found 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu in his search for improvement. He found Eddie’s methods in his books and videos to be very approachable, systematic, and upfront. Studying the 10th Planet System on his own he decided to get serious and make regular training trips to 10th Planet San Francisco and his since enjoyed his training with Denny Prokopos.

Since training with Denny, Alex has won national and world titles and loves every minute of training. He was awarded his black belt by Denny in August 2015.

Alex’s goals with 10th Planet Walnut Creek are to provide his students with the kind of great training environment he was lucky enough to find and to spread a love for Jiu Jitsu and knowledge of the 10th Planet System as well as its open minded approach.

Competition

Alex is very active in competition. In 2013 he competed in 11 tournaments. Here are some of his most notable wins:

  • 2012 Gracie Nationals – 145 – White – Gold
  • 2012 Gracie Worlds – 135 – Blue – Gold
  • 2013 Gracie Nationals – Absolute – Blue – Silver
  • 2013 UGF California – 145 – Int – Silver
  • 2013 Gracie Worlds – 135 – Purple – Gold
  • 2013 Gracie Open – 147 – Advanced – Silver
  • 2013 IBJJF American Nationals – 149 – Bronze
  • 2013 NAGA Sacramento – 139 – Expert – Gold
  • 2013 Bay Area Jiu Jitsu Championships – 149 – Advanced – Gold
  • 2013 Bay Area Jiu Jitsu Championships – Absolute – Advanced – Silver
  • 2014 Gracie Nationals – 135 – Purple – Gold
  • 2014 FIVE Grappling Oregon 1 – 140  – Expert – Silver
  • 2014 FIVE Grappling Oregon 1 – Absolute – Expert – Silver
  • 2014 Gracie Regionals West – 135 – Purple – Gold
  • 2014 Gracie Worlds – 135 – Brown – Gold
  • 2014 Gracie Worlds – Absolute – Brown – SIlver
  • 2014 FIVE Grappling Nationals – 140 – Expert – Bronze
  • 2015 Gracie Regionals – 145 – Brown – Gold
  • 2015 Gracie Worlds – 145 – Brown – Gold
  • 2015 Gracie Worlds – 155 – Brown – Silver

 

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