Professor Rodrigo Mendes
Delray Jiu Jitsu History – Professor Mendes started practicing BJJ in the early 1990’s in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. He received his black belt in 2004 from Andre “Dedeco” Almeida and is currently a 4th degree black belt and certified instructor under the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) and USBJJF (United States Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation).
Professor Mendes has been teaching BJJ since he was a blue belt in the mid-nineties and is a decorated competitor on the Local, National, and International BJJ scene.
He is also a certified IBJJF/USBJJF referee and has refereed for competitions nationally & internationally since 2004.
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carson Gracie > Fernando “Pinduka” Guimarães > Leonardo Castelo Branco > Alexandre “Grandão” Dantas > Rodrigo Mendes
Professor Rodrigo Mendes came to America in 2000 and started RMBJJ Academy in Boston, Massachusetts in 2002.
When Professor Mendes moved to South Florida in 2004, he continued RMBJJ Academy, and opened the current Delray Beach Headquarters location in 2009. This location serves the Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and surrounding areas of South Florida.
Today, there are multiple locations across South Florida that are a part of the RMBJJ Association. For a list of all RMBJJ Association Locations, click here.
Those students who train at different schools under the RMBJJ “flag” are united as a family, with the mats as their second home.
Those schools who are a part of the RMBJJ Association have access to the superior instruction and guidance from Professor Rodrigo Mendes himself. For more information on becoming a part of the RMBJJ Association, click here.
Not Your Typical BJJ School
We are a family community that believes in working hard, playing hard, and supporting each other through the jiu-jitsu journey. You’ll feel like a part of the RMBJJ Family on your very first visit, without feeling intimidated as is often experienced at other BJJ schools.
Throughout the years, many BJJ schools have come and gone through the area. RMBJJ Academy has been a staple in Delray Beach and the South Florida BJJ scene for over 10 years. You don’t have to worry about our Academy closing down, unlike many other schools. We are here to stay!