Professor Rodrigo Caporal is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) black belt and a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter. He leads by example, often traveling to compete in world-class BJJ competitions and MMA promotions. In BJJ, he was champion in his weight category at the IBJJF European Championship in 2010, Abu Dhabi No-Gi World Championship in 2011, and the IBJJF World Pro Championship in 2013; he is also three-time Champion of the Pan Asian Jiu jitsu Competition, winning gold consecutively in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In MMA, he is a six-time Champion and Lightweight Belt Title Holder of RUFF MMA in China, Champion of the Predador Championship in 2007 and 2009 in Brazil, and Champion of Grande Extreme in 2009 in Macau.
Rodrigo is from Caraguatatuba in Brazil, where he began his training in BJJ when he was 18 years old. He won many local and regional competitions as a young practitioner, and decided to dedicate his life to BJJ upon joining the prestigious Atos Academy in Rio Claro, Brazil.
Rodrigo’s passion for BJJ and MMA resonates with his students, and has helped him to create a dedicated, talented and close-knit team of fighters and competitors. Many of his students have in turn earned world championship titles in BJJ under his tutelage, which he counts as one of his greatest accomplishments.