Renato Tavares, 5th Degree Black Belt, American Top Team Coach taught a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar at Baltimore Martial Arts Academy in Catonsville, Maryland on Saturday May 11th. Master Tavres also gave us a FREE class the Friday night before.
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Master Tavares taught various techniques applicable to the ‘De La Riva’ guard. Emphasis was placed on the ‘Bebibolo’ sweep that has become prevalent in higher level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournamants.
Danyelle Berger is seen in the picture to the left preforming the Berimbolo Sweep. Famous Competitors and world BJJ champions like Rafael & Guilherme Mendes (aka the Mendes Brothers) are famous for their Berimbolo sweeps.
Justin Pyle Jr., age 16, passed his adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belt exam with Master Tavares. Justin Jr. did a great job preforming the techniques asked of him. He also had to wrestle an adult blue belt that was about 40 pounds heavier and only submitted once. His next opponent was a tough adult white belt which he submitted with a choke. Justin Jr. has been practicing BJJ for over five years under the instruction of Gary Berger as well as other instructors at Baltimore Martial Arts. Justin Jr. is also an avid competitor at NAGA, Grappler Quest, The Good Fight, Junior Grappling Association etc.
Renato Tavares was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1968. Renato started learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 6 years old. Renato Received his BJJ black belt in 1995 from the legendary and late Carlson Gracie Senior. Carlson He was the eldest son of Carlos Gracie, founder of the BJJ system in the late 1920s with his late uncle Hélio Gracie. In addition to training Renato, Carlson Gracie also trained many other top Brajilian jiu jitsu competitors including Allan Goes, Murilo Bustamante, Mario Sperry, Wallid Ismail, Pablo Popovitch, Kevin Christopher, Andre Pederneiras, Julio Fernandez, Ricardo Liborio, Marcus Soares, Rodrigo Medeiros, Ricardo “Rey” Diogo, Marcelo Alonso, Vitor Belfort, Stephan Bonnar, Julio “Foca” Fernandez.
A master technician, Renato has competed for more than 33 years and won over 200 Grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu events, including World Championship, Panamericans, Internationals, Nationals, and States. Renato has been teaching Brazilian Jiu jitsu classes to students from a variety of backgrounds including FBI, Military, Police Officers & UFC reality show contestants. Renato is also professional mixed martial arts fighter. Renato is regarded by many as one of the best Brazilian Jiu jitsu competiors and coaches in the world.
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