Roberto Abreu AKA “Cyborg” is a Brazilian born Jiu Jitsu fighter and instructor from the Nova Geracao Team, now residing in the US. Since moving to the US, Cyborg has been blowing people’s minds with his unique and revolutionary Jiu Jitsu style. His trademark position, the Tornado Guard, made famous in fights against Abmar Barbosa and Braulio Estima is today one of the most coveted positions in BJJ. (Check out Roberto Cyborg DVD Instructional Review here).
Roberto Abreu in Detail
Full Name: Roberto de Abreu Filho
Nickname: Roberto had a tough Car accident back in 2000 when he was a Blue Belt. The car accident shattered his left arm, and the doctors told Cyborg he probably wouldn’t move his arm again (he took over 300 stitches and still has broken glass on his arm today).
4 months after the accident, Roberto took 2nd in the Brazilian Nationals. Because Roberto had never been to a major tournament final before, Isaias, a Black Belt from Carlson Gracie’s academy gave him the nickname Cyborg
Record – Main Achievements (in BJJ/Grappling):
- 3x World Nogi Champion (2010 – weight & absolute, 2012);
- 8x State Open Class Champion ( Mato Grosso, Brazil);
- Brazilian National Champion;
- 3x Panamerican Champion;
- South American Champion (weight and open Class);
- European Champion;
- 7x Grapplers Quest Open Class Champion;
- 4x Copa America Open Class Champion;
- 12x World Championships and world cup medallist;
- Finalist at Abu Dhabi 2009
- Brazilian Wrestling National Champion (Brazilian National team member).
Favorite BJJ technique(s): Tornado Guard and reverse Triangle.
Weight Category: Super Pesado – Super Heavy Weight (Under 100kg).
Association/Team (BJJ): Team Nova Geração (www.novageracao.net) in competition, although he has his own team, CYBORG Fight Sports Team which has 3 gyms spread over Mato Grosso (Brazil), Miami, Buffalo and New York with plans to expand soon to Canada and even Australia.
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Roberto Cyborg Abreu (Nova Geração) Biography
Roberto Abreu was born on the 20th of December, in 1982 on a city called Campo Grande in the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso do Sul. Roberto’s first contact with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu came by the hands of a friend. He challenged Mr Abreu for a fight, just for a laugh. Roberto found the challenge amusing because his friend was very small and skinny, but he accepted the challenge.
His skinny friend ended finishing Roberto several times with moves that he couldn’t even comprehend, he had never heard of Jiu Jitsu, but after his friend told him that he just used the “Arte Suave” on him, Roberto was convinced this was something he wanted to learn. He was down at a Jiu Jitsu gym the next day. He won his first competition with just two weeks of training, and that was it for Cyborg, he was hooked to Jiu Jitsu.
When Roberto Abreu Cyborg was a Purple Belt he opened his first BJJ School in his home town, he now has over 300 students, 8 Black Belts, several world class competitors with wins at the Brazilian Nationals, Mundial (World Championships), Pan Ams as well as many other important Tournaments. Cyborg got his BJJ Black Belt on the day of his Birthday in 2004 after 5 years of training, by the hands of His “Mestre” Francisco “Toco” Albuquerque.
Roberto Cyborg Abreu vs Rolles Gracie
Roberto Cyborg vs Bill Cooper (Grapplers Quest Absolut Final, 2009)
Roberto Cyborg vs Braga Neto
Roberto Cyborg vs Kevin Lutz (Grapplers Quest Submission Wrestling 2009)
Roberto Cyborg Abreu Highlight