ADDRESS: 4878 Cass St, San Diego, CA ZIP: 92109
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Rodrigo was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He started training in judo when he was five years old, and has a brown belt in judo. At 12 years of age he started training in Jiu-Jitsu, invited by his friend Maneco, who is a black belt under Carlson Gracie. After training with Maneco, he started training with Carlson Gracie and became one of his black belts. Carlson Gracie passed away in 2006, but Rodrigo kept his name with him and his team.
Rodrigo has competed in over 120 different Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and almost 500 competition matches–winning most of them. He won first place in the Rio se Janeiro State tournament in July of 2000 and first place in the 2001 World Championship in Rio de Janeiro. Rodrigo is a five-time Brazilian national champion, from 1991-1995, and three-time Pan-American champion. He was considered the most technical athlete of all the tournaments, including the Brazilian Championship and the Rio de Janeiro Championship
He is also a member of Carlson’s elite team. And he has been raised with some of the top names in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu history, like Alan Goes, Murilo Bustamante, Mario (Zen Machine) Sperry, Carlos(Carlão) Barreto, Wallid Ismail, Ricardo Liborio, Roberto (Bebeo) Duarte, Rey Diogo, de la Riva, Cassio Cardoso, Carlson Gracie Jr., Marcelo Alonso, Bolao, Maneco, Clovis, Crezio Chaves, Julio Fernades, Marcos Soares, Conan, Rosadao, Rinaldo Santos, Parrupinha, Toco, Renato Tavares ,Ricardo Arona,Paulao Filho,Rodrigo minotauro ,Rogerio Minotauro ,Braulio Cassalarde and other great fighters
In 1993 Rodrigo opened his first academy as an instructor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as an affiliate of Carlson Gracie Academy. He ran the academy in Rio until 1996, when he moved to Los Angeles, California. Carlson Gracie invited Rodrigo to be part of the new and promising moment for Jiu-Jitsu in North America. After working for three years with Carlson Gracie in Los Angeles, Rodrigo opened his academy in La Habra on his own. During this time he formed a new team and produced many champions through the high level of instruction he provided the competitors as well as the students.
In 2000 he moved to San Diego and opened his second academy in the United States. He has been teaching at the same place, Pacific Beach Fight Center, ever since. He built a very strong competition team over the years, and produced more than 20 black belts (Brazil, USA and Europe), more than 100 national champions, and more than 100 world champions.