Meet Our Instructors

GABRIEL ARGES

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About Gabriel

Gabriel Arges is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Romulo Barral and Felipe “Preguiça”, who also trained extensively with Marcelo “Uirapuru”, competing for the Gracie Barra Academy. Arges made a name for himself in the lower belt divisions of the sport, particularly during his purple and brown belt campaigns (2013-2015) where he conquered important titles such as IBJJF World Champion (Gi/No-Gi), European Open Champion, as well as Pan America and American National Champion.


Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (Sr) > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Vinícius Magalhães > Rômulo Barral > Gabriel Arges


Nickname: “Frodo”. When the Lord of The Rings films came out, Gabriel’s haircut resembled that of the famous hobbit. For that reason, his fellow football team mates started calling him Frodo.


Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2017/2016)
  • ACB 4 Grand Prix Champion (2017)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2017/2016)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi Champion (2017)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Los Angeles Champion (2016)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Tokyo Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2016)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2014 purple)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2015 brown, 2013 purple)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2015 brown, 2014 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2014 purple)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2014 purple)
  • IBJJF American National Champion (2015 brown)
  • IBJJF American National No-Gi Champion (2015** brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2015** brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2015 brown, 2013 purple

ROMULO BARRAL

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About Romulo

Romulo Barral is one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters in the “Meio Pesado” weight division. Tipped as “The Number 1 BJJ fighter in the world” in 2007 by Gracie Mag, Romulo Barral maintained this high class black belt status in the years that followed with consistent medals at the top BJJ tournaments in the world reaching BJJ Heroes’ Top 10 Competitors of All Time ranking. Originally from Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Romulo Barral established his own successful jiu jitsu academy in the United States, proving that he was also a talented coach.


Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Vinicius Magalhães > Romulo Barral


Nickname: Rominho. The suffix “inho” in Portuguese is as an endearing way of saying someone’s name.


Main Achievements:

IBJJF World Champion (2017/2016)

ACB 4 Grand Prix Champion (2017)

UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2017/2016)

UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi Champion (2017)

UAEJJF Grand Slam Los Angeles Champion (2016)

UAEJJF Grand Slam Tokyo Champion (2016)

IBJJF European Open Champion (2016)


Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

IBJJF World Champion (2014 purple)

IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2015 brown, 2013 purple)

UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2015 brown, 2014 purple)

IBJJF Pan American Champion (2014 purple)

IBJJF European Open Champion (2014 purple)

IBJJF American National Champion (2015 brown)

IBJJF American National No-Gi Champion (2015** brown)

IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2015** brown)

IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2014 brown)

IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2015 brown, 2013 purple)