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Last Name: Cabral
Nickname: "Brucutu"
City: Austin
State: Texas
Country: US
School: Brazilian Fight Factory - Austin, TX

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1. Submitted by Kenu on Sunday January 1, 2012 2:11 AM
Rodrigo is a repository of grappling knowledge with tips and techniques from every conceivable position. From the basics to the more advanced techniques, this is the man to learn from

2. Submitted by lucas figueiredo on Sunday January 1, 2012 6:34 PM
encyclopedia of jiu jitsu!!!!

3. Submitted by Miad Najafi on Sunday January 1, 2012 6:41 PM
Rodrigo Cabral has been a friend and an instructor of mine for sometime. He has that rare blend of physicality, raw strength, agility, flexibility all coupled with unreal technical knowledge. He is also a fantastic instructor and I wish he was still in the UK as he is someone I would be proud to still train under...... Highly recommended....... Miad Najafi Alliance Brighton UK

4. Submitted by mel on Sunday January 1, 2012 6:47 PM
The guy loves what he does, so he does it very well!The best that i know! I'm a huge fan!

5. Submitted by CU Vermelho on Monday January 2, 2012 2:17 AM
very good bjj. was great training in london and in brazil.. just a bit heavy for me hahahahah.. valeu grande

6. Submitted by artem on Monday January 2, 2012 4:33 AM
We made a huge progress with Rodrigo! And the classes were held in beautiful atmosphere, cos Brucutu have brilliant sence of humor. I hope that gonna work with him in future!! Thank u teacher!!

7. Submitted by Juan on Monday January 2, 2012 9:49 AM
I learned a lot from him.

8. Submitted by Ian Lee on Monday January 2, 2012 10:06 AM
I had the privilege of learning from Rodrigo 'Brucutu' Cabral for a month and I can testify that his skills are 100% legit, both as a teacher and competitor. The techniques he showed were all high percentage, and he is a beast on the mat.

9. Submitted by Gustavo Togi on Monday January 2, 2012 10:15 AM
One of the best atlhets and instructur of BJJ!!! 100% strong + 100% technique!!!! a complete Black Belt!!!!

10. Submitted by Roman Zorin on Monday January 2, 2012 12:05 PM
Very good person and very good BJJ teacher. If you really want to improve your BJJ - go train with him without hesitations!

11. Submitted by Clarisse on Tuesday January 3, 2012 9:38 PM
Rodrigo Cabral is actually one of the best in the world. He is a wonderful teacher, an amazing fighter and He loves what he does!!! He is really a Champion and a lovelly person to deal with.I'm his big fan!

12. Submitted by Tammy on Wednesday January 4, 2012 9:11 AM
Casca Grossa BJOssssssssss from the Weintraub Family

13. Submitted by David 'Malandro' Onuma on Wednesday January 4, 2012 10:24 AM
Brucutu is one of the best. I was a private student of his in the UK for several years and his knowledge, skill and ability is top class. The UK's loss was Brazil's gain when he returned home. On top of all of this, he is humble and one of life's good guys!!

14. Submitted by Rob Connor on Wednesday January 4, 2012 11:30 AM
Awesome instructor and fighter, both Gi and No Gi. Has a great ability to translate technique clearly and to run his classes - private and open, with great humour. One of the few adult instructors that also has great affinity with the kids, who enjoy his sense of fun. I trained with and had private and open classes with Rodrigo over several years. He is much missed in the UK!!

15. Submitted by Abel Martinez on Wednesday January 4, 2012 2:17 PM
Great person and also a great teacher.. It was an honour to train under him..

16. Submitted by Gabriela on Thursday January 5, 2012 8:13 PM
I felt in love with bjj after this guy class. Great teacher! Tks brucutu!

17. Submitted by ava gluz on Friday January 6, 2012 7:33 PM
Rodrigo foi o cara q sem duvidas me fez mudar de ideia quanto lutadores, lutas e a seriedade e importancia filosofica das vartesw marciais. E olha que eu tive de quebrar um paradigma de muitos anos.Agradešo a ele pelo aprendisado abrašos

18. Submitted by Taras on Saturday January 7, 2012 4:38 PM
Rodrigo, thanrks you for your lessons on BJJ and MMA. You are the great teacher and the good friend!I learned a lot from you. We (STRELA ALLIANCE from Russia) made a huge progress with Rodrigo! I hope that gonna work with you in future!!!

19. Submitted by Paul on Tuesday January 10, 2012 1:54 PM
Greetings from Russia, Rodrigo! You're awesome teacher, and it would be great to train with you again. Keep smiling!

20. Submitted by Josh on Friday January 20, 2012 9:04 AM
Rodrigo makes training fun and technical, all while keeping the tempo of class fast paced. It makes you forget how hard you are working until training is over and you are halfway passed out on the mat. I'm excited to come to class every day, and I feel the same attitude spreading throughout the rest of the students we train with.

21. Submitted by jim vandiveer on Saturday February 4, 2012 9:04 PM
Amazing, committed, dedicated- truly pursues his passion with everything he has...I saw this in the first hour I met him. We are lucky to have him in Austin.

22. Submitted by Vivian on Saturday February 18, 2012 9:31 PM
Rodrigo is an amazing teacher and fighter. I really think he has an unique style and also he's a fun and cool guy to deal with!

23. Submitted by Nicole on Thursday March 15, 2012 7:11 PM
Rodrigo is a great teacher, he takes complex techniques and breaks them down to simple steps. You can see his passion and commitment in every class he teaches. I look forward to coming to class every day to see what new skills he has for us. Classes are always challenging and entertaining, you never know what to expect. Rodrigo loves to keep us on our toes and it is amazing. It is a honor to learn from Rodrigo, and I am grateful to be one of his students and a member of Johns Gym in Austin.

24. Submitted by Rob Nelson on Monday March 26, 2012 9:47 AM
Rodrigo's perspective on BJJ and competition technique is second to none. He has an ease with teaching so to guide one to look down the road further to stay a few more steps ahead of your opponent. He has great attitude and you can tell he cares for his students!

25. Submitted by Drew Ledwich on Tuesday March 27, 2012 6:09 PM
Rodrigo's ability to teach advanced level jiu jitsu is amazing. His ability to share that knowledge by traveling the world shows his true commitment to the art.

26. Submitted by Eduardo.r on Friday April 6, 2012 10:43 PM
Rodrigo has this unique ability to teach and motivate his students. if you are in austin now, you are lucky! Valeu rodrigo!

27. Submitted by OCJ on Friday July 13, 2012 1:24 AM
I first met Rodrigo when he gave a free seminar. During that seminar, he rolled with some of the attendees and seemed to be smiling whole time. These were testaments that he loves what he does and I knew this was who I wanted to learn from. A white belt with stripes from him would give trouble to a lot of blue belts from some other people.

28. Submitted by Stoney Wright on Wednesday August 15, 2012 4:49 PM
Rodrigo is a great Bjj instructor. I have been training with him for 7 months now and I absolutely love it. His ability to teach beginners and advanced students is second to none. I feel blessed to be able to study Jiu Jitsu under him.

29. Submitted by Lucy on Thursday December 6, 2012 8:46 PM
rodirgo is the best instructor ever. he teaches us kids technique and we have fun!

30. Submitted by Roy Gutierrez on Thursday December 6, 2012 8:52 PM
I just started taking classes under Rodrigo Cabral, the workout is great, the technique training is hands on. I look forward to learning a whole lot more from him.

31. Submitted by Mary on Thursday December 6, 2012 11:08 PM
Rodrigo is a great friend and instructor! He teaches me, my husband and daughter. He is great with kids and makes everything LOOK easy... Piece of cake :) or the occasional his 89 year old grandmother does the warm up every morning... Always knows how to motivate :) we appreciate it all :)

32. Submitted by Oyster on Monday January 14, 2013 6:36 PM
Rodrigo is the Man! Funny,intelligent, patient, and a bad ass! Rodrigos the man to see if your trying to step up your bjj game

33. Submitted by Mike on Tuesday February 12, 2013 5:14 PM
It's rare to come across an individual that is a world class practitioner (in any profession) AND a world class teacher. Usually, the person is one or the other, and in the case of Jiu Jitsu, Rodrigo is both. Gifted in teaching students of all levels and ages, Rodrigo has the extraordinary ability to identify what his students' capabilities and needs are, and the technical expertise to explain and adapt (if need be) the lessons to them. The learning environment is perfectly balanced between intense and fun. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had the chance to learn from him.

34. Submitted by Christopher Cardella on Friday June 21, 2013 4:50 PM
Rodrigo is a detail oriented extremely technical instructor. He divides his attention evenly between his competitive students and his hobbyist students. Rodrigo assists each student in developing a complete game designed around his/her strengths and weaknesses by assessing the students physical abilities and teaching movements designed to maximize the students overall progression. He spars with his students every class and fosters a team environment. I am fortunate to train with Rodrigo Cabral.

35. Submitted by gyanu on Monday July 1, 2013 10:45 PM
I have been training with Rodrigo for about two months now, and I feel like he is a great instructor to learn from. Anything from very basic to advance,he teaches great..

36. Submitted by Robert on Monday July 1, 2013 10:53 PM
I am really lucky to have started training Jiu Jitsu under Rodrigo. He pushes you to learn and pay attention and will encourage anyone willing to work hard. Very technical and strong as they come.

37. Submitted by Bruce McKinzey on Wednesday July 17, 2013 4:32 PM
What can I say amazing Instructor and an even better person. I feel very fortunate to train under Rodrigo. His technique and classes are detailed and exciting. Rodrigo spends time with every student and truly loves the game. If you are willing to work, you can't help but rapidly improve with him leading the way. Come check him out at Johns Gym Here in Austin...

38. Submitted by Albert on Sunday August 4, 2013 8:19 PM
Awesome instructor! I've been training under Rodrigo for about 6 months and must say absolutely hooked to the art. I'm very confident in the effectiveness of the techniques i've learned under Rodrigo and feel very luck to have such a great instructor. If you have the opportunity come check out a class.

39. Submitted by Dalton Nandin on Thursday August 22, 2013 5:01 PM
With out a doubt one great teacher, fighter, and Friend. A friendly and nice guy, not to mention funny too! Hope im a student of his for a LONG time!

40. Submitted by Leo on Friday August 23, 2013 2:00 AM
This guy has this amazing touch to motivate us! Never be limited, always something new to add to the game! Plus its a nice guy and a good friend! Miss having him around as my coach and a friend!

41. Submitted by Michael Falato on Tuesday May 6, 2014 11:55 AM
Absolutely the best instructor in the world.

42. Submitted by Darrin Lillian on Tuesday May 6, 2014 2:42 PM
Rodrigo is a great instructor. I enjoy dropping by his classes because I always learn something new.

43. Submitted by Darrin Lillian on Tuesday May 6, 2014 2:43 PM
Rodrigo is a great instructor. I teach in the same city and I enjoy dropping by his classes because I always learn something new.

44. Submitted by Jose Martinez on Monday November 24, 2014 5:08 AM
I have trained at one of the academies where he teaches at but I have not had a good experience with Rodrigo. Not a bad one either just an honest experience. No doubt he knows his bjj, no doubt. But to me he seems very unmotivated at times and wouldnt care to answer questions well enough. At times all he would do is just sit down and watch students roll. Never really heard words of encouragement from him to any guys, perhaps on their own times or private conversations, but not during class. His techniques are great but there is no foundation, just random techniques on a day to day basis. A great fighter himself, just found him unmotivated and not very motivating. My own experience only.

45. Submitted by Will Lawson on Tuesday November 25, 2014 12:24 PM
Simply the Best! Is always encouraging me to get better and motivating the class to be train the right way.

46. Submitted by Micheal Loyd on Tuesday November 25, 2014 9:04 PM
Love his classes! I am new and his energy, attitude, and how encouraging he is should be an example to follow. Him, nor any students have made it uncomfortable as a newcomer. in fact its more like a second home.i look forward to every class. if you wanna learn. learn from him.

47. Submitted by Anna N. on Wednesday November 26, 2014 5:14 PM
Amazing instructor! Always supportive and welcoming and truly knowledgeable of his martial art. I'm so grateful to be his student and I recommend him to anyone who wants to train BJJ!

48. Submitted by Rob on Wednesday November 26, 2014 5:53 PM
Rodrigo is a great teacher, awesome person and a close friend. His vast knowledge never ceases to amaze me and I constantly learn something new. I'm thankful for our classes and team and we owe that all to Brucutu. Oss!

49. Submitted by Russell Hallman on Tuesday May 12, 2015 6:56 AM
Rodrigo is a awesome BJJ instructor! He knows how to coach for all body types and skill levels. I am truly blessed to train under him.

50. Submitted by Joe Vazquez on Friday August 7, 2015 11:03 AM
Rodrigo Cabral have earned my respect and loyalty with the highest quality coaching, he has created a supportive environment, and built great group of quality teammates. With a deep knowledge of the game, he easily is able to provide options that work for me as a larger ( 300lb) blue belt. He always pushes, and get's the most out of his students.

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