Alan Moraes was born on April 16, 1977 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Alan began his martial arts career through judo in school at the M. A B. E., he was 10 years old and the tuition was run by coach Josemar. Alan trained for six years in his school, being undefeated throughout that period while winning the inter-tournament 5 times, being also the country’s inter collegiate champion and two time Colégio Veiga de Almeida tournament champion.

In 1992 Alan Moraes had his first contact with Jiu Jitsu. He was a Judo athlete for the Flamengo club and started picking up BJJ to improve his ground skills. His first Jiu Jitsu coach was the illustrious Marcelo Alonso, but not long after he started, Marcelo moved to the United States and the coaching was picked up by instructor Marinho. Under Marinho’s guidance, Alan Moraes started competing and winning his first competitions in Jiu Jitsu, he also starts assisting the other Carlson Gracie coaches with the kids classes.

Marinho awarded all Alan’s belts until his purple, his training was then handed to Ari Galo, who promoted him to brown belt and invited Alan to start assisting him with the adults classes, thus giving start to a new phase in Alan Moraes’ life.

On December 2002, after a series of podium runs in the brown belt division in the World Cup and Rio State Championships, Alan Moraes finally receives his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, awarded by Carlson Gracie Junior. He continued his work as a coach in the famed club.