Meet Our Gracie Barra Burnaby Instructors
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Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Pascoal Duarte > Rodrigo Carvalho > Chad Shaule
Black Belt First Degree
Main International Achievements:
1st Place IBJJF Fresno Open (2020)
1st Place IBJJF Long Beach BJJ Pro (2014*)
1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2012)
1st Place IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi (2012)
1st Place IBJJF Long Beach Spring Open (2012**)
1st Place IBJJF Seattle Open (2014*)
1st Place ASJJF Dumau Hiroshima Open (2017**)
1st Place CBJJF BC Open (2012**, 2013**, 2017**)
1st Place CBJJF Vancouver International Open (2016**)
1st Place CBJJF Provincial Championship (2012**, 2013**)
1st Place CBJJF Grapplers Inc (2012**, 2013**)
1st Place UGF Washington State Grappling Championship (2012**)
1st Place UGF Washington State No-Gi Grappling Championship (2012**)
1st Place Grappling Industries Portland (2017**)
1st Place Grappling Industries Portland No-Gi (2017**)
2nd Place IBJJF Chicago Spring Open (2022)
2nd Place IBJJF Austin Winter Open (2020**)
2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2012)
2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2015)
2nd Place IBJJF Munich Spring Open (2019)
2nd Place IBJJF Munich Spring Open No-Gi (2019)
2nd Place IBJJF Long Beach BJJ Pro (2014)
2nd Place IBJJF Las Vegas Summer Open (2014)
2nd Place IBJJF Seattle Open (2014, 2016)
3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2012)
3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2015)
3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2015*)
3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi (2012*, 2015)
3rd Place IBJJF Portland Winter Open (2019, 2020)
3rd Place IBJJF Portland Summer Open (2019)
3rd Place IBJJF Seattle Open (2017)
3rd Place IBJJF San Francisco Open (2015**)
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Black Belt 2 degrees instructor Rodrigo Carvalho Silva is a great promoter of jiu-jitsu in Western Canada and throughout the Pacific Northwest, both as the Gracie Barra Western Canada Regional Director, and as owner and operator of Gracie Barra Vancouver, one of Canada’s largest martial arts gyms with +600 members and Gracie Barra Burnaby opened in July 2017.
Rodrigo Carvalho was raised in the heart of the Amazon in the state of Roraima in Boa Vista, located in the north of Brazil. He moved to Canada in 2009 and has run Gracie Barra Vancouver as Head Instructor since October of 2011.
Rodrigo started studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1994 and has won many notable competitions, including the Worlds in 2001 and 2005 the Nationals in South Brazil, along with being the five-time Roraima Champion and three-time Amazon Champion. He has also trained numerous World, Brazilian Nationals and MMA champions. He has utilized his knowledge of self-defence to train soldiers in the Brazilian Army in Brasilia, Brazil from 2006 to 2007. In 2008 to 2009, he taught self-defence to the Police Force in Boa Vista State, Roraima, Brazil. He is also a certified CBJJ referee.
Professor Rodrigo started a social project in Brasilia capital of Brazil in 2004 teaching BJJ for free for 300 kids from a poor neighbourhood called Varjao. The project still in operation and some of the students left Brazil to teach BJJ in US and Canada.
His Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Uniceub and has specialist in intensive care for premature. The University in Brazil has proven essential to his understanding of the physical needs of athletes. Following a holistic approach, Rodrigo is fascinated with the formation of character and behavior in athletes, and strives to address both the athlete’s physical and mental health.