Roberto Traven; Southern Hospitality With A Brazilian Twist

In the sport jiu-jitsu community, when you hear of some of the elite competitors moving from Brazil to the U.S. the usual assumption is that a majority tend to flock towards the coastal regions of surf and beach communities of Southern California or the warm tropical environment that South Florida has to offer. But let’s not forget about the concentration of talent around the New York area. However, like anything else, it seems that there are always those exceptions. In this case, we zone in on the quietly developed grappling community of the south, specifically the Atlanta area. If you’ve been following the competition realm of jiu-jitsu You’ll note the appearance of some “exceptional” talent there as well. Roberto Traven happens to be one of the few of that group.  

Like many other fellow practitioners, Roberto was introduced to the art as a teenager in Rio de Janeiro. However, unlike many of his contemporaries, Roberto was able to excel at an exceptional pace and was able to earn his black belt in only four years from none other than the legendary Romero “Jacaré” Cavalcanti. Roberto would continue his involvement in jiu-jitsu by moving outside of Brazil to grow his own career as a competitor (Roberto also fought MMA matches for the WEC and UFC and won many major jiu-jitsu competitions) and to spread his jiu-jitsu knowledge as an instructor. After a brief stay, teaching in Australia, it was a job opportunity to teach in the United States that brought him to Georgia and he hasn’t looked back ever since. Creating one of the most formidable teams in competition today.

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We had a chance to catch up with Professor Traven in one of his academies. Here is his story in his own words. Stay tuned for a follow-up of some of the techniques that Professor Traven was kind enough to share with us.

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