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Prof. Alvaro Romano training "Ginastica Natural" with his son Raphael.

Prof. Alvaro Romano training “Ginastica Natural” with his son Raphael.

The “Natural Gymnastics” was developed 25 years ago by world-fitness Professor Alvaro Romano. Living in Rio de Janeiro at the time Alvaro created “Ginastica Natural” precisely for the lifestyle he led, outdoors living, jiu jitsu and surfing. For him all physical activity was outdoors so he thought of something already as a teacher of physical education that could be similar to this lifestyle.

“I began practicing Hatha Yoga after a while but the influences of Natural Gymnastics are the ground movements that are very similar to Jiu-Jitsu techniques of dynamic stretching and flexibility, and breathing techniques”. Explains Prof. Romano

The “Ginastica Natural”, named in Portuguese, develops several natural qualities as physical strength and flexibility, balance, power and improves performance by increasing peoples knowledge of the function of their body. With an constant and various combinations of movements, it is the ideal method for fighters because it was designed along with Romano’s experience in Jiu-Jitsu.

“I was a student of Rolls Gracie in 1976 and in 1977. Started college already thinking about a method of preparation for physical fights. First, applied in my training and then in athletes.” Says Prof. Alvaro

Prof. Alvaro Romano creating and studying movements.

Prof. Alvaro Romano creating and studying movements.

Prof. Alvaro lives in San Diego, California where he works with many physiotherapists and has many certificates in the method of ”Natural Gymnastics”. This method can help you to prevent injuries, and has been tested in several athletes and their training.

“Ginastica Natural” Seminar in Sweden

“Ginastica Natural” Seminar in Sweden

Prof. Alvaro Romano’s son, Raphael Romano, followed his steps. Graduated in Physical Education and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, now he is the Director of education of The “Ginastica Natural” method. He coaches MMA, Jiu-Jitsu and Surf athletes including Vitor Belfort, Rodrigo Minotauro, Xande Ribeiro, Fabricio Camoes, Leticia Ribeiro, Penny Thomas, Fernando Margarida, Neco Padaratz, Fred Pattachia among others.


To learn more about “Ginastica Natural” watch the videos below:

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