Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu
Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu is a Brazilian born black belt athlete, competitor, academy owner and Head Instructor at his gym Fight Sports in Miami, Florida. He earned his black belt from the Nova Geracao Team. He has helped develop a number of high level students, with the most successful being Canadian black belt Jake Mackenzie. Cyborg is highly respected across the jiu jitsu world, known for his innovative Tornado Guard and his passion for inspiring others.
The nickname "Cyborg" was given to him by a peer in 2000 after Roberto had suffered a bad automobile accident that left him with 300 stitches and a shattered arm that doctors warned would probably not being 100% ever again. Only 4 months after his accident he was competing in Brazil's most prestigious tournament the Brasileiro and won a silver medal.
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- ADCC Absolute Champion (2013)
- IBJJF World Masters Champion (2018 Master 2)
- IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2017/2012/2011/2010-weight and Absolute)
- IBJJF Pans Champion (2008)
- IBJJF European Champion (2005)
- Grappling Pro Champion (2016)
- ADCC Runner-up (2009)
- IBJJF World Championship Silver Medal (2010)
- IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Silver Medal(2008)
- IBJJF Pans Championship Silver Medal (2009)
- CBJJ Brasileiro Championship Silver Medal (2007)
- UAEJJF King of Mats Runner-up (2018)
- ADCC Bronze Medal (2017/2013/2011)
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Rolling Tire Drill
As a larger grappler, Cyborg has always pushed the envelope of innovation with his version of inverted guard, the Tornado guard and his dynamic style. In the video below, he demonstrates one of the many drills he utilizes to keep himself limber and moving like a lightweight, even at approximately 230 lbs. Get yourself moving and add some of Cyborg's patented Flow to your jiu jitsu.
De La Riva Leg Smash Pass
The De La Riva guard has long been considered the mother of the modern guard game. It is now so popular that the chances of seeing it from training partners and opponents at all levels is high. To prepare you for this fact, Cyborg is here offering a simple smash pass that you can add to your game today!
Knee on Neck Control
Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu lives and competes with a gritty, hard-nosed version of jiu jitsu. It's no wonder one of his good friends is Vagner Rocha the outspoken competitor and critique of what he refers to today as a softening of the jiu jitsu art. To add some grittiness to your game, Cyborg offers the Knee on Neck control technique below, excerpted from his Flow: Top Game series. By using this in conjunction with knee on belly, you're guaranteed to open up your opponent's positions and also guaranteed to not make any friends.
The Cyborg Flow
In the following video, 5X World Champion Bernardo Faria spends some time with Cyborg discussing the importance of mobility and body awareness drills for jiu jitsu to help with smooth and dynamic transitioning. As Cyborg says, it's difficult to control an opponent's body if the practitioner cannot control their own body. Check it out and get Flowing.
Flow: The Top Game
Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu has joined forces with BJJ Fanatics to create a powerhouse instructional designed to get students moving and flowing from position to position with ease. As a 37 year old, long time competitor weighing 230 lbs, he floats like a lightweight and you can learn to do this too. Get your copy below!
Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu
Roberto Abreu's introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was like a lot of people's. Challenged to a fight with one of his friends, who happened to be smaller than him, the friend gave Roberto everything he could handle and ended up submitting him multiple times. Abreu was instantly enthralled with the art and started training immediately. After only a few weeks of training, he entered and won his first competition, which would just be the beginning of an illustrious career that continues to this day.
He would ultimately earn his black belt on his birthday on December 20, 2004 from Francisco Alburqueque after only about 5 years of training. He would eventually relocate to Miami where he would start his Cyborg Fight Sports Team and successful Fight Sports Academy.
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Roberto Abreu is most well known for his version of the inverted guard, known as the Tornado Guard. This version of guard grew out of his love of half guard as a blue belt and was influenced by his natural explosiveness and flexibility. In the video below, Cyborg breaks down the evolution of his "baby", the Tornado Guard. As a long time competitor at the highest levels, his Tornado Guard has had to evolve as the approach of the athletes he faced changed over time.
Cyborg Side Control
In the video below, Cyborg breaks down the key points that make for an extremely powerful and controlling side control. Check it out!
In the video below, Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu shares one of his favorite takedowns from a foot trip. Get your 2 points by implementing this technique against your opponents and training partners!
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Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu has had an illustrious career. He has been a multiple time ADCC competitor, winning the Absolute in 2013, a feat that few athletes have ever achieved. He is also a multiple time IBJJF World Champion. In the short highlight video below, we see Cyborg in action. Check it out.
In the match below, Cyborg takes on wrestler and UFC veteran Glover Teixeira in the ADCC World Championships in 2011. Enjoy!
In the final video, you can see the highlights of a relatively recent match for the ACB Jiu Jitsu promotion featuring Cyborg versus Erberth Santos. Check it out!
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