Rank: 3rd Degree Black Belt
Rodrigo Mendes started his training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sometime during 1995 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He first discovered his calling to teach as a blue belt when he would be asked to help teach the other students in his class. Mastering the art quickly, in 2002 Rodrigo moved to the United States. Without being able to speak hardly a word of English, Rodrigo opened his first RMBJJ Academy in the state of Massachusetts. In 2004, Professor Andre “Dedeco” Almeida awarded Rodrigo Mendes his Black Belt in Rockland, Massachusetts. Rodrigo continues to teach BJJ today because he feels it is his calling in life.
Anderson Pinto was born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and moved to the United States in 1987 with his family. He practices and teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. Anderson has throughout his life been involved with Martial Arts from training Kickboxing, Capoera and Aikijutsu. Anderson Pinto has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA since 2005. In 2008 Anderson started to train with Master Rodrigo Mendes at RMBJJ Academy where he was awarded his purple belt and later brown and Black belt. Anderson continues to train and teach at RMBJJ Academy as well as his 2 children. He has competed at various tournaments like IBJJF, NAGA and Florida Grappling Championship. “Once you start to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it becomes part of your DNA. Stop by to meet him or send Anderson an email with any questions….Ossss!!
Anthony Panos began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007 after his wife signed him up for a seminar at RMBJJ Academy. Two hours later he was hooked. Since then, he has been training almost non-stop, sometimes taking two or three classes a day. Anthony’s dedication and hard work has not gone unnoticed at RMBJJ Academy and Anthony began teaching kids classes in early 2010 as an assistant coach. Anthony realized how much fun it was training others. Not only was he able to pass on his knowledge, but it helped improve his own techniques as a student. Anthony’s 8 year old son has been training jiu-jitsu for nearly 3 years now and attends the same classes he teaches.
“Jiu-Jitsu drives me and has taught me more about my self than I ever thought possible.”