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Rodrigo Comprido Medeiros Biography and how he has influence some of the biggest teams in Jiu Jitsu 

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Comprido biography is directly connected with BJJ history, getting to know his background will help you understand the evolution and creation of TEAMS such as Alliance, BRASA, Check Mate, TT and ATOS


Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros was born on October 1st, 1977, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Growing up in Rio during this period and in this place meant that Comprido (nickname, means ‘long’ or ‘lanky’ in portuguese) grew up during the golden age of and in the capital of BJJ. Some of his neighbors and best friends would themselves grow up to be BJJ champions and legends. BJJ was growing exponentially during this time, and some of its greatest champions came from this area and era.

When he was about 9 years old, Comprido tried out BJJ for a couple of months at a gym on his block where his best friend Leonardo Vieira trained. It didn’t take at the time as he didn’t enjoy it very much, so he tried his hand at Tae Kwon Do and kickboxing and trained in these for several years. He even successfully competed in Tae Kwon Do and as a kick boxer. It wouldn’t be until he was 16, when his cousin Mauricio talked him into to go to BJJ class with him so he might have a training partner, that Comprido got back on the mats. Within two months Comprido decided to quit everything else and focus on BJJ.

By the age of 17, as a blue belt, Comprido began to compete in BJJ tournaments. His first year competing in BJJ was, in his own words, “disastrous.” He lost at all of the tournaments except for the last two, in which he placed first (the first at juvenile and the second at adult). At this time Comprido was training at Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti’s Master Academy in Rio with Leo Viera. Yet, like many during this time, as he progressed Comprido also enjoyed training with friends at other academies (e.g. at Strike Academy with Roberto Traven, and academies in San Paulo and Vitoria).

Comprido Traven Ze Mario esfiha

It was during this era that Alliance team began to flourish. In 1996, Comprido won gold at the Worlds in his division as a blue belt (second in the Absolute). Later, when Comprido was a purple belt, Jacare moved to the United States and left the Master Academy in the hands of Fernando “Magrão” Gurgel, Comprido’s primary coach.

With the support and training of Magrão, Comprido’s BJJ really blossomed. Comprido’s style in many ways mirrors Magrão’s in terms of an intelligent, strategic game, playing to and maximizing strengths, avoiding compromising positions and situations. Magrão is also tall and thin, one could say lanky, much like “Comprido.” Comprido also trained in Judo with the Brazilian Olympic Judo team and obtained a University degree in Physical Education.

As a purple belt, Comprido began to instruct at Master Academy. A year later, 1998, as a brown belt, Comprido became a Worlds champion again. Shortly thereafter , in 1999, Comprido was awarded his black belt. As a black belt he was given his own class to instruct at the Masters Academy, and, given Jacare being in the U.S. and Magrão’s busy work schedule, was eventually offered the opportunity to become head instructor at Master Academy.

At the Worlds in 1999, Comprido lost his second match in his division to Paulo Filho, a gifted and dominant fighter in that era, but went on to win the gold in the Absolute Division, beating both Ze Mario Sperry and “Roleta.” His win made history in several ways: it was the first win at Absolute


black belt by submission, the fastest recorded submission in Worlds’ history at black belt, and by winning the Absolute in his first year as a black belt. In 2000, Comprido repeated as black belt Absolute champion, beating Nino Shembri, a match Comprido to this day considers his greatest given the skill of his opponent.

Comprido Open weight Champion

For the next couple of years things were going quite well with Alliance. Despite some minor disagreements between the black belts, training was going well and the team was dominating the tournament scene. But in 2002 a new federation formed, the CBJJO, which was, at the time, in competition with the established IBJJF.

CBJJO offerred monetary awards to its winning competitors. After a split decision among the heads of Alliance with respect to whether or not to enter CBJJO tournaments, Fabio Gurgel made a command decision against it. The rest of the team heads were happy to go along with Fabio’s strong feelings in this matter as, after all, CBJJO had scheduled its upcoming tournament on the same day as an IBJJF tournament.

However, CBJJO deliberately changed its scheduled tournament date so as not to conflict with the IBJJF tournament, allowing competitors to compete in both if desired. While this accommodation satisfied many of the team heads, Fabio, for his own reasons, remained unrelentingly against team members to competing at CBJJO tournaments.

Seeing that Fabio was not the sole head or emperor of Alliance and that the original decision was split, Comprido and many of the other team leaders (including Terere, Damien Maia, Leo Viera, Eduardo Telles, Eduardo Jamelão, and Renaldo Jacare Souza) decided to compete at both, taking first place at the CBJJO tournament and second at the IBJJF.

Fabio did not take this “uprising” well. Leading up to the tournaments and at the tournaments themselves, he pressured and made life difficult for the competitors. After the tournaments, he continued to agitate, and was trying to find ways to “punish” the other team heads for their supposed defiance.

Comprido in Action

With the 2002 Worlds coming closer, Fabio declared that, as punishment, Comprido’s students would not be allowed to compete at the Worlds. Again, this was a decision that was not Fabio’s to make as he had shared, not sole, authority over the team. Comprido and his students decided to train and prepare to compete at the Worlds despite it.

Even though Maia and Terere had closed out the Absolute bracket at the CBJJO tournament, to their amazement, however, the team found that some of them, having already registered for the Worlds in their divisions and in the Absolute division, had had their names removed from the Absolute division. Fabio and Alexandre Paiva had convinced IBJJF officials to remove their names.

This was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. This divisive move led Comprido and several other team members to voluntarily withdraw from Alliance. Jacare decided not to get

involved at the time. Yet, still wanting to show respect to Jacare, Comprido and the others who left continued to compete under the team name “Master”, the name of Jacare’s first academy.

This led to some confusion at the tournaments, however, as many saw no difference appreciable between “Master” team and Alliance. It was at this time that Comprido and the others who left Alliance decided to form Brasa Clube de Jiu-Jitsu ( Felipe Costa came up with the name “Brasa,” derived from the ember-like color of the Brazilwood or Pau-Brazil tree (fromwhich the name “Brazil” itself is derived (See Caesalpinia_echinata).


Brasa team itself thrived for several years after it formation. With many elite competitors it won several tournaments and was holding successful camps. Comprido and Felipe put together the Brazilian Black Belt Camp, which in its first year was a great success. After a while, however, some friction arose among the team leaders as to how the Camp and Team was to be organized and run.

Felipe Costa and Comprido teaching at one of the Brazilian Black Belt BJJ CAMP

Leo Castello Branco was elected president of Brasa, but there remained some division among the leadership and things were not getting done. Though offered support to become the next president, Leo Viera decided rather to leave and form Check Mat. Shortly thereafter Andre Galvão left to form Atos. Terere and Telles departed together to form TT Team in 2003. Each seeking to find their own formula for team success. The remaining members of the leadership counsel of Brasa pressed on and the team remains and continues to be successful to this day.

While he was still in Brazil, Comprido, Felipe and Michelle Mata also taught at a school for the blind in Urca, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. This went very well for a few years until the government rearranged the school, effectively destroying the BJJ program at the school. Tensions again arose between Ricardo Viera and Comprido as to the management of the Brasa academy in Rio, and Comprido began to set his sights overseas.

Comprido, Felipe Costa and  Michelle Matta

In 2006 Comprido had the opportunity to come to the U.S. and partner at an academy in Illinois. From this base he began to train several UFC fighters including Mike Russo and Brock Lesnar. It was Brock Lesnar who convinced Comprido that he should open his own academy, and with Brock’s help Comprido opened the doors of CompridoBJJ Academy in Bloomindale, Il. in 2011 (

Comprido teaching Brock Lesnar

With all of the responsibilities that come with training at the academy, training fighters, and having little time left to himself to train effectively, Comprido retired from competing as an adult at the Worlds in 2009, though he continues to compete and dominate in the Master’s divisions, most recently taking gold in his division at the 2012 Pan Am Master Championship and at the 2012 Worlds No Gi tournament.

Under his leadership, Brasa team has won six consecutive IBJJF opens in Chicago and several of his american students have gone on to medal at the Pan Ams and Worlds Gi and No Gi tournaments. His favorite student is one he calls the “Sinister Minister.” Comprido also keeps a hectic travel schedule, giving seminars to Brasa team students and academies around the world.

Comprido teaching at his academy in USA


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Nov 10, 2014 Categories: BJJ Comprido Jiu Jitsu

¿Cuándo el estudiante se convirtió en capaz de decidir el momento de cambiar las cintas? 

¿Es sólo mi imaginación, o cada vez más estudiantes creen saber  cuándo deben recibir su próxima cinta? 

O tal vez, ha sido siempre así, pero ya que hay más practicantes hoy en día oímos más acerca de esto. Todo lo que sé es que por una razón u otra y como yo viajo muy seguido  y tengo  contacto con muchas academias, estoy disgustado con tantas historias de estudiantes que están presionando o diciendo cuándo y por qué deben saltar al siguiente color, o los estudiantes que están todavía (ejemplo) cinturón azul y ya están hablando de la fecha en que obtendrán el cinturón marrón.

Como he escrito antes, cuando conseguí mi cinturón morado, marrón y negro, cada vez, me tomó por sorpresa, siempre pensé que yo podría haber esperado más tiempo. De hecho, cuando Rodrigo Comprido me dijo que me iba a dar el cinturón negro en 2001, yo le di numerosas  razones por las que quería esperar y que de hecho  lo convencí de que sólo me lo diera hasta el próximo año (2002). 

También he mencionado antes que me quedé desde los 12 años hasta que cumplí los 15 como cinta amarilla, me moría de ganas de obtener  mi cinturón naranja y el  verde, tenía amigos de la escuela que ya  habían  recibido el cinturón, pero por alguna razón nunca me lo dieron a mí, no sé la razón, porque yo nunca pregunte y nunca lleve ese tema a mis instructores. ¿Sabes por qué? Porque  el estudiante NO SABE CUANDO ES HORA DE CAMBIAR LA CINTA!!!  No depende de él, no se basa en un hecho simple (tales como rodar bien con cinturones más altos) es una mezcla de varios aspectos que sólo el maestro conoce.

Realmente odio ser presionado sobre esto, aunque sea de una manera muy sutil. NO LO HAGA!!, Si creo que usted está planteando el cambio de cinta, tal vez voy a añadir un año más para su espera.


.Felipe Costa on changing belts on Jiu Jitsu

Si usted no recibió el cinturón que esperabas después de la ceremonia de cinta, no se moleste con su instructor, enójate contigo mismo por  fijar un bajo estándar a tu nivel. 

No vengan después con una cara de perrito pidiendo lo que necesita para trabajar para obtener el siguiente cinturón, porque todo lo que escucho es "¿Por qué no he obtenido  la siguiente cinta?" Usted realmente no quiere saber lo que necesita para trabajar, lo que  quiere saber,  es por qué yo (o su instrucción) no le di la cinta. Y la respuesta para eso es, simplemente porque es su decisión, no la tuya. No te preocupes por el color, preocúpate por el conocimiento  y el color cambiará antes de que siquiera desees  (tal como lo hice yo en el cinturón morado, marrón y negro).

La mejor cosa que escuche de un estudiante fue,,,,, “Felipe, no te preocupes por darme un cinturón,, preocúpate por darme el conocimiento”

There is no better mindset and gives the instructor total freedom to help you achieve your best. If you don't think like that, you better start to change your mentality before is too late.

No hay mejor forma de pensar  y dar al instructor libertad total para ayudarle a alcanzar mejor lo mejor de ustedes mismos. Si usted no piensa de esa manera, es mejor empezar a cambiar su mentalidad antes de que sea demasiado tarde.


Felipe Costa

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Posted by Felipe Costa Sep 01, 2014 Categories: BJJ Comprido Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu Motivational

Metamoris 4 is Happening in 3 Weeks 

Saulo Ribeiro and Comprido will make their return to competition

Six Exciting Grappling Matches on Saturday, August 9

Metamoris is back with an interesting new main event, Andre Galvao and Chael Sonnen. It's widely suggested within the Jiu Jitsu community that Chael Sonnen is out of his league facing Andre Galvao at M4, and that just surviving 20-minutes in a submission-only competition against multiple time world champion, Andre Galvao, should be considered victory for the controversial wrestler. In this countdown video, Chael gives us a closer look inside his personal life and training in preparation of Metamoris 4, even saying he needs to become a black belt in ONE WEEK! 


Also on the card is a brand new heavyweight title up for grabs between Dean Lister and Josh Barnett. The rescheduled match between Vinny Magalhaes and Kennan Cornelius, which was postponed at M3 due to a staph infection Vinny had. Saulo Ribeiro and Comprido will make their return to competition after focusing more on helping their students. Australia's finest, Kit Dale, and young gun, Garry Tonon both have exciting styles which should be a barn burner. The last match is Ralek's surprise Secret Match. In fact, it's such a secret that not even the competitors know who they are competing against!

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Jul 17, 2014 Categories: BJJ Comprido Jiu Jitsu Video BJJ