Coronavirus update — things have changed

As a continuation of the e-mail sent last week, we continue to monitor the evolution of the Coronavirus pandemic on a daily basis. Last Friday, the health department and the state government of São Paulo announced the gradual closure of schools in the public network starting from today, a significant measure compared to just a few days ago.

With that in mind, we understand Alliance must act responsibly to try to control the spread of the virus and for this reason we decided to close our schools for a period of 15 days from today. We can look at the problem from two different points of view:

Firstly, that 80% will only have a mild or even asymptomatic flu, that only 5% will need hospital beds, that we are not part of this risk group, and so on and so forth.

Secondly, that the crisis is very serious and that we will face the same problem seen in Italy with hundreds of deaths and a total collapse of the health system. We will probably find the truth somewhere in the middle, however at the moment we must act with empathy and compassion. Thinking that our actions can prevent deaths makes our actions a moral obligation.

Thinking about the health of our students, their families and our society as a whole is the right thing to do at this moment. I received a text now that I think illustrates it well and wanted to share this with you.

“Many years ago, a student asked the anthropologist Margaret Mead what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about hooks, clay pots or whetstones. But she didn’t.  Mead said the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur (thigh bone) that had healed from a break. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You can’t run from danger, go to the river to drink water or hunt for food — injured animals or humans become fresh meat for predators. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal. A broken femur that healed is evidence that someone cared for the injured, treated the wound, took the person to safety and cared for them until they recovered. Helping someone through difficulty is where civilization begins,” said Mead.

We are at our best when we serve others — this is empathy my friends.

Think of others and do what is right.

Alliance will provide free access to its video portal “Alliance eu sou” where we will upload techniques from our teachers and athletes daily.

You will receive the link today via your email or through Alliance’s instagram account @alliancejjassociation

I hope that the entire Jiu Jitsu community will set an example of high standards of humanity and care in this very difficult time.

A big hug,


Fabio Gurgel

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