Possiblye the most accomplished American Grappler of his generation, Robert Drysdale is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a degree he earned from the legendary coach and trainer Leonardo Vieira. Born of an American father and a Brazilian mother, Robert Drysdale grew up, for the most part, in the state of Sao Paulo – Brazil, training with one of the most talented team of the 2000′s (Brasa). Robert Drysdale earned several important titles such as the world championship and the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) in the open weight division where he submitted Marcelo Garcia on his way to the gold medal. Robert Drysdale also competes in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and has a BJJ School in the Las Vegas. In the end of 2013 he joined forces with Rodrigo Cavaca to form a new grappling team which they named Zenith BJJ.
Robert Drysdale Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Robert Drysdale
- World Champion (2005);
- 2x World Cup Champion (2005, 2006);
- 2x World Silver Medallist (2006, 2007);
- ADCC Absolute Champion (2007 absolute)
Favourite Position/Technique: Omoplata & Triangle.
Weight Division (BJJ): Super-Pesado (under 100Kg-221Lbs)
Team/Association: Robert Drysdale Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Zenith BJJ.
Robert Drysdale Biography
Robert Drysdale was born in Provo on the State of Utah, USA in 1981. He moved with his family to Brazil when he was just 6 years old, and began training Jiu Jitsu well in his teens (he was 17) at the “Quatro Tempos” Academy on the city of “Itú” State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
He was still a white belt when he had to move back to the US to pursue his academic studies at a University in Las Vegas. Having fallen in love with BJJ, he looked up for a Jiu Jitsu academy and ended up training with instructor Steve da Silva. Steve was the first teacher to really believe in Drysdale’s potential. With his instructors encouragement Robert decided then to move back to Brazil were the sport was more professionalized.
The year was 2000 and Robert Drysdale packed his bags and moved to Indaiatuba in Brazil. He first started training at the “Maromba” academy with Professor Paulo Streckert. In the “Maromba” Academy, Drysdale fully dedicated himself to BJJ and competition. With his full atention in the sport he started picking up the benefits of his hard work, achieving many podiums and earning himself a World Title in the Purple Belt Division, and receiving his Brown Belt.
He then met and befriended Demian Maia who invited him to go and train at the mighty Brasa academy, then led by the former Alliance stars who had formed this new academy. After Robert received a “beating” in training by Leonardo Vieira, he decided this should be the place to train. He asked his master Paulo Streckert and they both agreed it was a wise choice, and so began Robert Drysdale association with the Brasa Team.
In late 2007 after winning the ADCC in the open weight division, Robert Drysdale moved back to the USA. First to run the grappling classes at Extreme Couture in Las Vegas, and later moving on to open his own grappling academy. On October 2008 Drysdale ventured in the MMA world, fighting at an Amateur competiton called TUFF-N-UFF. He defeated his opponent by Armbar in the first round.
Robert Drysdale vs Gabriel Gonzaga “Napão”
Drysdale vs Austregelio Reis
Robert Drysdale Highlight
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