Rodrigo was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He started training in Judo when he was 5 years old, and has a brown belt in Judo. At 12 years old he started training in Jiu-Jitsu, invited by his friend Maneco, who is a black belt from Carlson Gracie. After training with Maneco, he started training with Carlson Gracie and he became one of his black belts. Carlson Gracie passed way 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. He won 1st place in the Rio De Janeiro State tournament in July of 2000 and 1st place in the 2001 world championship in Rio de Janeiro. Rodrigo was Brazilian champion five times, from 1991-1995. And 3 times pan american champion,He was considered the best 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 of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history, like Alan Goes, Murilo Bustamante, Mario (Zen Machine) Sperry, Carlos(Carlao) Barreto, Wallid Ismail, Ricardo Liborio, Roberto (Bebeo) Duarte, Rey Diogo, Dela 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, a affiliation of Carlson Gracie’s 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 potential moment of Jiu-Jitsu in North America. After working for 3 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 many Champions with high level of instruction to competitors as well as 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 and competitor team within these years, and formed more than 20 black belts (Brazil, USA and Europe), more than 100 National Champions, and more than 100 Mundial Champions.
Also in 2000 Rodrigo along Julio Fernandes(Foca) founded their own team called Revolution Team, including Academies and students within the USA, Brazil (Nova Geracao with Toco) and Europe. They have created one of the most though competitor team. Revolution Team own the Nationals in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
BJJ-REVOLUTION TEAM has begun… .
Here are a some titles won by Rodrigo Medeiros