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Rodrigo Cavaca

Rodrigo Cavaca

Rodrigo Cavaca

Rodrigo Cavaca is a top fighters in the Super Super heavy weight division in jiu jitsu (more commonly know by its Portuguese name, the “Pesadissimo” jiu jitsu division. Rodrigo is also one of the main coaches of the Checkmat BJJ team. He is known for producing high level athletes at his academy in Santos, Sao Paulo such as Marcus Almedia, Michelle Nicolini, and Nivaldo Oliveira. 2010 was Cavaca best year as a competitor and he won the World Title and the Brazilian National title. These two victories solidified his name as one of the greatest grapplers of his generation. Cavaca is also known for his innovation on the straight ankle lock -- a position that he made popular in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after he worked with an American grappling coach named Roli Delgado. Then in 2013, Rodrigo Cavaca left the Checkmat BBJ team in order to start his own team with Robert Drysdale known as Zenith Jiu Jitsu.

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Finally! Learn How To Easily Defeat The Younger & More Athletic Guys At Your Gym - Even If You Are Slow & Inflexible - From One Of The Best Coaches On The Planet.

He's a lot like most regular guys with one small exception: He absolutely kills younger guys when he rolls, even top rated competitors, & HE CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO DO IT TOO!



  • IBJJF World Champion (2010)
  • IBJJF European Champion (2010, 2009)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2010, 2008)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner up (2009)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner up (2009, 2017)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2010, 2008)

Rodrigo Cavaca Biography

Rodrigo Cavaca was born on January the 27th, 1981 in Santos, Brazil. Cavaca loved to play football (soccer) when he was growing up, having competitively played in Futebol de Salao. When Rodrigo was 19 years old he decided he wanted to give jiu jitsu a try, as he had a few very good friends who were already blue belts and were constantly talking about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Rodrigo’s friends would constantly challenge him to train with them until one day he said yes. His first training experience was in Santos, his home town. He trained with an instructed named Sarruco at his satellite academy of the Alliance team. Rodrigo trained under Sarruco for two years, eventually receiving his blue belt. As his football career had not taken off, Cavaca started to devote more time to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu -- a sport where he showed true potential.

Rodrigo Cavaca decided to leave Sarruco’s academy after two years. He did not consider the training at Sarruco’s academy to be competitive enough and instead he began training with the Integração Jiu Jitsu Team in Santos. It was here that Rodrigo found his new instructor a Carlson Gracie black belt named Élcio Figueiredo. Rodrigo was impressed by the challenging level his training partners offered him so he decided to stay at the academy while adding some big wins to his list of titles, including the Brazilian National Championships and two Mundial titles in the purple and brown belt divisions. Rodrigo received his black belt on October the 28th, 2005 from Elcio.

Now it was time for Rodrigo Cavaca to put his black belt to the test. He had already received two World titles in lower belt divisions. Unfortunately, the Integração team in Santos proved to be too small for Rodrigo’s aspirations of becoming world champion at black belt. He set out to train with Leonardo Vieira who was considered one of the best teachers of the Brasa team in Paulo at the time. Brasa was considered the best team in the world, including grapplers such as Vieira himself, Lucas Leite, Robert Drysdale, Andre Galvao Felippe Porto, and Demian Maia. Cavaca would train with Brasa three times a week as he travelled between the two cities.

After two years, the Brasa team split and so Rodrigo followed Leonardo Vieira over to Checkmat BJJ. Following this move he opened his own affiliate academy of Checkmat in Santos. Then Rodrigo opened several more academies around the world. In October 2013, it was announced that Rodrigo Cavaca had left the Checkmat BJJ team in order to start his own team.

Rodrigo Cavaca Videos

Toreando Footlock Sequence by Rodrigo Cavaca

Rodrigo Cavaca: Brabo Grip Sequence From Closed Guard

Octopus Series From Closed Guard by Rodrigo Cavaca

Rodrigo Cavaca Straight Ankle Lock

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