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Romulo Barral

Rumolo Barral

Romulo Barral is on of the top Jiu-Jitsu competitors and coaches in the world coming from Gracie Barra. Born in 1983, he discover martial arts at an early age and developed a passion for Tae Kwon Do, MMA and Jiu-Jitsu. He is a black belt under Vinicius "Draculino" Magalhaes. Romulo is known for having one of the best spider guards in the world, and has used it to become a 10x world champion, including 5 black belt world championships in the medium-heavy division, 2013 ADCC champion, and a NO GI world champion. Currently he focuses on teaching out of his Gracie Barra school in Northridge CA.


IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place
IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place

IBJJF World Masters Champion
IBJJF European Open Champion
IBJJF World Championship Silver
IBJJF Pan American Championship Silver

IBJJF World Champion

ADCC Champion
IBJJF World Champion
IBJJF European Open Champion
IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place

IBJJF World Champion

IBJJF World Championship Silver

IBJJF World Champion Silver

IBJJF World Champion
IBJJF World No-GI Champion
IBJJF Pan American Championship Silver

IBJJF World Champion
IBJJF Pan American Champion
CBJJ Brazilian National Champion

CBJJ Brazilian National Champion
IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place
Asian Championship Winner (Absolute and -88kg)


No Arm Triangle

Romulo Barral shares the no arm triangle with Bernardo Faria, which he used to submit Bernardo Faria. Awesome display of two killers with their egos firmly in check.. and Romulo shares the fact that he learned the move as a black belt from a white belt!

Cross Choke From Half Guard Pass

What is EverdayPorrado?!

Romulo Barral Instructional DVD / Videos

The Toughest Guard To Pass - The Easiest Guard To Sweep From: Romulo Barral's Spider Guard

Romulo Barral's guard basically doesn't ever get passed, and he sweeps everyone.  As a competitor he won 4 world titles and countless other accolades: Europeans, Abu Dhabi, ADCC, Pan.  He is one of the greatest competitors to ever step onto a mat.  His signature position, the Spider Guard is an absolute nightmare for the guy on top.  His foot placement, on the biceps, chest, other arm is crazy complex to solve and to throw his opponent off even more, he mixes in a side dish of lasso guards..  Then when he is starting to make progress, Romulo goes to X Guard.

If you are some one who is concerned with getting their guard passed, you have to see this.

It doesn't just work for Romulo.  Some of the best young competitors in the world are his students:  Felipe "Preguica" Pena, Edwin Najmi, Gabriel Arges..   Translation: He can teach you to be this good.


Romulo Barral Biography

Romulo Barral was born on May 3, 1983 in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais – Brazil. Like all young men, Romulo was addicted to all martial arts films. He first started off with Tae Kwon Do at 8 years old, and continued to train in the Korean Martial Art and eventually earning him a black belt at the age of 19 ... which is also when he stopped training TKD; but his early studies gave him a lot for the martial arts that has never stopped.

Romulo had a growing interest for MMA, but recognized that the Tae Kwon Do skills he had did not work with in the cage alone. He needed to learn jiu-jitsu.

Romulo started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the prestigious Gracie Barra BH at the age of 15. His first coaches were Cristiano Lazzarini and the famous Vinicius "Draculino" Magalhaes.

Draculino was a powerful and ferocious BJJ black belt, and Romulo first started training at Gracie Barra to become a MMA fighter. He achieved his dream by fighting his first fight in 2004 in the Arena BH where Romulo Barral submitted Fabiano Fabiano via Rear Naked Choke.

Romulo fought one more time in 2009 with another win via RNC, but decided to focus competing in BJJ and submission grappling rather than continue his path in MMA.

Rage in the Cage 122 Romulo Barral vs. Adrian Valdez

Interview: No More Sacrifices

The popularity of Jiu-Jitsu was beginning to really rise and there were good opportunities for competing in top level tournaments such as ADCC and IBJJF Worlds. He is know as one of the top grapplers in the world, who believed in training all variations of jiu-jitsu, including gi training for MMA!

In 2005 Romulo Barral was awarded his black belt by Draculino. While he was a solid competitor at the purple and brown belt level, he truly became a world-class jiu jitsu athlete after he started competing as a black belt.

Romulo started competing almost immediately after getting his black belt. Only months after being awarded his black belt, be fought and won against some of the top grapplers in the world - including Saulo Ribeiro, Xande Ribeiro, Rafael Lovato, and others. In 2007 these wins earned him the gold medal in the IBJJF Worlds 88kg division and silver in absolutes. Romulo Barral has arrived... and is not considered one of the toughest competitors in the world.

He took a brief break in 2008, but came back in 2009 by winning both the IBJJF No Gi and Gi Worlds, and a silver in Pan Ams,

He would forgo competition in 2008, after such a successful yet tough and stressful competition run in 2008. In 2009 he was reinvigorated for competition and won both the IBJJF World Championship in Gi and No-gi, as well as taking home a silver in the Pan Ams.... AND fighting his last MMA fight! Quite a year...

Romulo has continued to compete and is now a 10x world champion, including 5 black belt world championships in the medium-heavy division, 2013 ADCC champion, and a NO GI world champion.

In 2011 he opened his Gracie Barra school in Northridge CA. There he has some of the top competitors and instructors in the world, including Edwin Najmi, sharing their love for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, including a thriving kids program!

Many high profile MMA fighters have sought out Romulo to help their Jiu-Jitsu, most famous being King Mo, Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Dan Henderson. Romulo has always believed in the effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu for the mats, the cage and street.

Romulo Barral Competition Videos

Roger Gracie vs Romulo Barral (2009 IBJJF Worlds)

Final of the Absolute division at the IBJJF Worlds

Andre Galvao vs Romulo Barral at Berkut Jiu Jitsu 2

Super Fighter at Berkut

Xande Ribeiro x Romulo Barral: 2012 Abu Dhabi Trials (San Diego)

92kg: Xande Ribeiro x Romulo Barral. Good fight.

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