Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie> Ricardo De La Riva>Alexey Cruz > Alexandre Quintella > Zezinho Mota Zezinho Mota Biography Zezinho Mota was born on July 17, 1978 in Belem, Brazil. He started practicing martial arts beginning with Karate before he turned to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Zezinho watched the very first UFC at his friend's house, Alexandre Quintella, and was really impressed with Royce. Gracie’s heroics, so much so, that almost immediately he sought an academy where he could train. Starting in 1997, Zezinho Mota’s first BJJ instructors were Jamoreu and Marcos Robo. A short time later Zezinho switched to a different school and began his training with the prestigious Alexandre Quintella Black Belt Fourth Degree of the Master De La Riva, his childhood friend. He received all belts from Quintella. Zezinho when could go to Rio de Janeiro to train and improve his Jiu-Jitsu with Master De La Riva. Zezinho moved to Madrid, Spain in December 2006 and continued teaching Jiu-Jitsu. In 2009 he moved to the United States where he was reunited with his coach and promoted to Black Belt. During his professional fighting career in Jiu-Jitsu, Zezinho won several Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Brazil, Spain and the U.S.