Rodrigo has been involved in the jiu-jitsu scene for over 25 years. He has shared the mats with the who’s who of jiu-jitsu either in competition, with the likes of Marcelo Garcia, Bill Cooper, Cassio Werneck, Rafael Lovato, Demian Maia, Javier Vazquez, B.J. Penn (to name a few), or in training with Kron Gracie, Xande Ribeiro, Rigan Machado, Rodolfo Vieira, and yes, B.J. Penn (again).
However, outside of competing and throughout his involvement in jiu-jitsu, Rodrigo has dedicated a significant portion of his energy to travelling the world and helping build jiu-jitsu communities in areas where the art is sparse and seldom practiced.
I guess you can say that chapter of his jiu-jitsu journey began when Rodrigo first came to the United States as a young teenager to help his big brother, Pedro Carvalho, establish Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu during, what many consider the first generation migration of jiu-jitsu, in the mid-nineties- the time when Royce Gracie ruled the UFC and jiu-jitsu was introduced to the North American masses.
Through the years, he was able to establish a very strong (albeit small) competition team of his own, work with Law Enforcement agencies, and introduce the art to college campuses. In August 2012, “The World Traveller” (one of the monikers his students affectionately gave him) decided to turn the page to another chapter in his jiu-jitsu journey. He has since been travelling the globe, growing our community once again by establishing an affiliate academy in India and serving as the lead instructor at “The Gentle Art Academy” in Singapore.