JIM ALERS, BJJ Instructor

Jim AlersJim wrestled in high school, but felt like he needed more competition in his life. When he was 18 years old, Jim started training Brazilian Jiu Jiu Jitsu and immediately fell in love with the sport. Jim also earned a degree in elementary education. He began his professional fighting career at age 21, while still working as a teacher. In 2014, he got signed with the UFC. He won his debut fight in the UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi by decision. He loves teaching kids, as well as adults, about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

 Jim Alers says: “I want to not only be a great fighter, but also be a great coach. To me there is no better feeling then seeing a students on the mats or in the cage getting their hand raised in victory. I also want to spend time with my family and teach my son about God. I want to show him that we have to give back and help those that are truly in need. So many people have helped me along my long journey to the UFC, that I feel I have so much to give back to others.”

Watch this great video and get to know more about Jim Alers, as he talks about how he fell in love with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how he became an MMA fighter. He also speaks on how much Vagner Rocha has taught him and how welcomed he feels whenever he trains at Vagner Rocha Martial Arts. This video was made at beginning of 2014. During this time Jim Alers accomplished one of his dreams – fighting in the UFC. It was just recently that Jim decided to move down to South Florida. We are very happy to have him at Vagner Rocha Martial Arts, teaching our students all that he knows.

Enjoy the video!



  • 2014 COPA Brown Belt Absolute Champion
  • 2014 UFC Fight Night Abu Dhabi Champion
  • 2013 CWFC 63 – Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 63 Champion
  • 2013 CWFC 59 – Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 59 Champion
  • 2013 CWFC 53 – Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 53 Champion
  • 2012 CWFC – Fight Night 7 Champion
  • 2012 CWFC – Fight Night 6 Champion
  • 2012 CDMMA – Complete Devastation 3 Champion
  • 2011 UAF – Ultimate Alliance Fights 1 Champion
  • 2011 AOF 11 – Fusion Champion
  • 2011 AOF 6 – Season’s Beatings Champion
  • 2010 Abu Dhabi East Coast Trials Purple Belt Champion
  • 2010 Abu Dhabi East Coast Trials Black Belt Division Champion
  • 2010 Miami Open Purple Belt Division Champion
  • 2009 RFC 18 – Pride Champion
  • 2009 CWFC USA – Destruction Champion
  • 2008 CWFC USA – Unleashed Champion
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Certified Instructor
  • Current UFC Fighter 1-0
  • Pro MMA Record 13-1 (9 submissions & 2 TKOs)

Personal Life

Jim Alers & FamilyJim Alers is married. Father of a baby boy, with another one on its way. His wife is always supporting him in his MMA career.



Inside the Academy

Jim Alers teaching at VRMAJim will make sure every student will get the move and instructions right. Patient with the kids and spontaneous with the adults. He is more than happy to help you achieve your goals.


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