Rodrigo Vaghi


Count Koma Maeda—Carlos Gracie Sr—Helio Gracie—Rickson Gracie— Rodrigo Vaghi

Rodrigo Vaghi started his training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the “gentle art”, at age 14 in the original Gracie Academy Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Vaghi’s instructors were none other than Grandmaster Helio Gracie (the creator of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and his sons: Rickson, Royce, Royler and Rolker.

After many years of training with the Gracie Family, Rodrigo has become a family friend and a representative of the Gracie family outside of Brazil. Rodrigo is currently a 4th degree black belt under undisputed champion of the Gracie’s, Rickson Gracie, and is the highest ranked black belt representative of Rickson Gracie outside of Brazil. Rodrigo was recently inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

As a competitor Rodrigo has won several Jiu-Jitsu championships, with the most recent of which being the 2010 World Championships in Rio de Janeiro.

Rodrigo not only won the black belt division in not only his weight class, but the open division as well. While he still enjoys competing at the highest levels, he lives to pass down his knowledge and expertise to his students of BJJ and MMA alike.