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Rodolfo is a passionate instructor and competitor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with over 19 years’ experience in the martial art.
In 1999, Rodolfo commenced training with Professors Ricardo Murgel (Coral Belt) and Fabiano “Boxer” Goncalves in Porto Alegre, Brazil (where he grew up). Rodolfo then trained with Professor Mario Reis (multiple World Champion) in 2006 and was awarded his black belt in 2009. Since moving to Sydney in 2016, he has joined the Gracie Barra family, teaching alongside his childhood friend Professor Pedro Dornelles at Gracie Barra Bondi.
Rodolfo has extensive experience in teaching students BJJ. He has had the pleasure of teaching students in Porto Alegre, London and Sydney. He truly values the connections he has been able to build with his students and is really keen to spread the value of BJJ to others. He hopes to have a positive impact on his students not only on the mats but in day-to-day life as well.
Rodolfo is also an avid competitor. He has competed in many competitions including the South Brazilian, National and World tournaments, and in different countries such as Brazil, the UK, the Netherlands, USA and Australia. His experience and passion for BJJ has allowed him to train alongside some great names including Roger Gracie, Lucio Lagarto Rodrigues, Marcelo Rezende, Romulo Barral, Joao Asis, Jackson Souza and Iuri Simoes.
Before dedicating his life to teaching BJJ, Rodolfo studied law and worked as a lawyer in Brazil and London. After almost 10 years as a lawyer, Rodolfo decided to leave the law and follow his passion, BJJ. He is extremely grateful for the opportunity to dedicate his career to changing the lives of others through BJJ as it has changed his and the many other BJJ students he has had the pleasure of meeting and connecting with throughout the years.
Rodolfo's main titles in Brazilian jiu-jitsu are:
- Second black belt in Australia in 2017 (AFBJJ ranking)
- Lightweight and open weight State Champion (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) in every belt;
- Black Belt Lightweight South Brazilian Champion;
- Second place at CBJJE World Championship, Brown Belt Lightweight
- Second place at CBJJE Brazilian Championship Brown Belt Lightweight
- Second place at IBJJF Brazilian Championship Purple Belt Lightweight and Blue Belt Featherweight
- Third place at IBJJF Brazilian Championship Brown Belt Lightweight;