2019 Pans champion Fellipe Andrew has announced that he’ll be leaving Zenith to train with Alliance instead.
The ADCC veteran shared the news on social media, suggesting that there were no hard feelings between him and his now-former team and coach and that the change wasn’t sudden:
“Well guys, as everything in life has a cycle … today another one ended in my life, which was my participation in the @zenithmatrizbrasil team!
I wanted to tell everyone that this was my and @rodrigocavaca’s decision … we were already planning this.
My respect, love, and affection for Cavaca remain the same, not least because I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to thank or repay everything that this guy has already done for me. If today I am who I am this guy was one of the great responsible people in my life.
I received a lot of messages today from people asking what had happened, people saying they are sad … but I guarantee you, in this Jiujitsu life I learned that friendship goes much further than any flag!
As of today I will be representing @alliancejjassociation, but my friendship remains the same!
So let’s stop anything that feels like good bye, because this is just another new beginning in my life.
Thank you @johnnysd @fabiogurgel @bbbyjjitsu for welcoming me and for this great reception, I hope to add to you in the same way that I did my whole life since I started in this sport!”
The Alliance team also extended a welcome to the recent Fight 2 Win and 3rd Coast Grappling competitor on their social media.
Andrew and Rodrigo Cavaca’s friendship goes back years, with Andrew having moved to train at the Zenith Sao Paulo headquarters as a purple belt. He most recently made it to the finals at 3rd Coast Grappling: Kumite IV, losing the first place spot to Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu.