MEET OUR STAFF AT GRACIE BARRA KITSILANO
Rodrigo Carvalho is a Black Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor raised in the heart of the Amazon. He was born in the state of Roraima in Boa Vista, which is located in the extreme north of Brazil. He moved to Canada and is the Head Instructor at Gracie Barra Vancouver.
Rodrigo started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1994 and has been extensively teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Through his ability to utilize his knowledge of technique flow, he has won many notable competitions. These major titles include the World Championship (2001, 2005), the National in South Brazil, Silver in North / Northeast (1999, 2007), Silver in Brazilian National Wrestling, 5 time Roraima Champion and 3 time Amazon Champion. Additionally, he is also a fully certified CBJJ referee.
Rodrigo has trained several students that have won World Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Brazil Nationals and MMA Tournaments. He has used his knowledge of self-defense to train Brazilian Army in Brasilia, Brazil (Capital) from 2006-2007. In 2008-2009, he taught self-defense to the Police Force in Boa Vista State of Roraima, Brazil.
Rodrigo has a masters degree in Physiotherapy Uniceub University in Brazil, giving him experience in the physical needs of athletes. He is interested in the formation of character and behavior in athletes, teaching both physical and mental health.
Max is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey in Tokyo, Japan around 2008. Training without the traditional kimono (Gi) for a few years, he later learned the love of Jiu-Jitsu in the Gi at Gracie Barra Vancouver. Training and competing since the beginning as a white belt, he has a great understanding of both the self defense aspect of Jiu-Jitsu and the sport competition side of Jiu-Jitsu. He began teaching Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra Vancouver and is excited to share his knowledge and experience with everyone at Gracie Barra Kitsilano.
• Red Cross Certified CPR
• ICP 6 Gracie Barra Certified Instructor
• BC Revolution Jiu-Jitsu Championship – 2014 (Gold)
• SUB LEAGUE Oregon Open Jiu-Jitsu Champion – 2016 (Gold)
• SUB LEAGUE Ground Warriors Submission Only – 2017 (Silver)
• SUB LEAGUE Qualifier 1 Submission Only – 2017 (Gold)
I started my journey training and studying under Matt “HAMMER” Hache and Peter Fazekas.
I have done seminars with Roger Gracie, John Danaher, Igor Gracie, Gregor Gracie, Tom Deblass, Garry Tonon, Marcus Almeida Buchecha and have been part of a 7 day camp with Craig Jones that focused on leg attacks.
I’ve also been lucky enough to train with Edwin Najmi, Gabriel Arges and Romulo Barral.
I am now a Black Belt under Rodrigo Carvalho Silva. I have been training and studying now for a little over 11 years.
If you are looking to do privates with me we will work out a plan that will improve the following: 1) Conditioning with an emphasis on core training. 2) Sport Jiu Jitsu. 3) Take Downs, guard passing and guard retention. 4) I’m making the most out of your minutes on the mat, with a solid plan of attack, to improve your game. We would be staying away from mindless rolling with a focus on strong technique. 5) Combinations and setups.
I only want to work with a few people. I want to actually see you improve. This means more training and less talking.
• 2007 Renzo Gracie Invitational – NY – Bronze – White Belt.
• 2008 Worlds Bronze (adult) – LA – White Belt.
• 2011 South Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships Gold – Blue Belt.
• 2017 Master Las Vegas 1 win 1 loss Black.