Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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Robson Moura, also known as “Robinho”, is one of the greatest competitors in jiu jitsu’s super featherweight division, a weight class he dominated for years achieving 6 world titles in his career. After retiring (unofficially) from his competitive career, Robson Moura dedicated his full attention to his coaching activities in the United States where he developed his own association RMNU (Robson Moura – Nova Uniao) one of the most respected grappling affiliations in the US.

Robson Moura Jiu Jitsu

Nickname: Robinho is a friendly way of saying robson in Portuguese, kind of like “Little Robson”

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Andre Pederneiras > Robson Moura

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion in the Black Belt Division (once in Purple 1996), 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007)
  • World Cup Champion (2002)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2001)
  • Pan American Champion (1996 – Brown Belt)
  • Brazilian National Champion (1996 – Brown Belt, 1998 – Black Belt)

Weight Division: Super Featherweight (64kg-161lbs)

Favourite Technique: Good overall game

Affiliation: Nova Uniao/RMNU (Robson Moura Nova Uniao Jiu Jitsu Association)

Robson Moura Biography

Robson Moura was born on the 23rd of March, 1978 in Brazil. He started training Jiu Jitsu very early in life, when he was just 10 years old with his father’s backing. His very first instructor was Ailson “Jucao” Brites in his hometown of Teresópolis, which is located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Robson wanted to follow the footsteps of his BJJ idols, so he started training 2 and 3 times per day and competed for the first time in a local competition when he was only 13 years of age.

Unforeseen circumstances had “Jucao” moving away from Teresópolis, leaving “Robinho” without a coach. This however did not detour Moura from his path to becoming a Jiu Jitsu black belt. With the BJJ bug already fully installed in him he sought out the best lightweight team in the World at the time, the famous Nova Uniao led by André Pederneiras and Wendell Alexander. This new partnership proved to be very fruitful as Robson kept on winning tournaments left and right, culminating this great period with a fantastic win at the World Championships in 1996 as a purple belt.

Going against the minimum time frame guidelines approved by the Jiu Jitsu Federation, his coaches decided to promote Robson Moura to black belt the following year to compete at the highest level possible, the Mundials (World Championships). Robinho did not disappoint winning the tournament in amazing fashion.

An interesting story came with Robson Moura came out in 2010, issued by Tatame Magazine, regarding Moura’s 1999 world title campaign. Robson told the acclaimed source that:

In 1999, we were going to Rio to compete in the world championship. There was me, ‘Demente‘, my wife and a student, Rodrigo Ribas. We left Ribeirão Preto (E.N.: where Robson lived and taught BJJ at the time) and suffered a bad car crash, I was driving. We capsized, it was very ugly, the car was destroyed, I do not know how we came out alive. I looked at him (Ricardo) and said “I guess we will need to take the bus”. Rodrigo was hurt and had to stay home Demente and I caught the bus and headed to Rio. We did not mention it to anyone and achieved great results. If I remember correctly, the Ricardo placed second in blue youth category I was champion.

During the following years, this Nova Uniao prodigy had successive wins in the Mundial and lot’s of other important championships like the CBJJO (World Cup). He stopped competing for a few years in an attempt to establish the RMNU association (Robson Moura-Nova Uniao) in the United States. Robson had already some well established schools in Brazil, being his Ribeirao Preto academy the most famous one, but decided the USA was the future of the sport and embarked on the project of building a successful academy there.

After establishing his school, Robson decided to have another stab at the World Championship Gold Medal, it had been 5 years since his last attempt but Moura and his amazing technique came through as he won the 2007 Gold. Not only is Robinho a master competitor, but he is also a successful coach being Augusto Cruz and Ricardo Abreu his most acknowledged standouts.

Robson Moura Grappling Record

    10 (38%)
    4 (15%)
    10 (38%)
    2 (8%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Mata leao
Heel hook
Clock choke
    4 (80%)
    0 (0%)
    1 (20%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)



Robson Moura Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
468Royler GracieRoyler GracieLPts: 2x0ADCC66KGSF2001
552Ricardo VieiraRicardo VieiraLPts: 6x5World Champ.64KGSF2001
1930Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsWorld Pro.65KG1/4F2009
2924Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsADCC66KGSF2011
2933Jeff GloverJeff GloverLGuillotineADCC66KG3PLC2011
98Armando CondeWArmbarWorld Champ.64KGSF1997
175Luis RenatoWChoke from backSuper Liga64KGF1998
183Renato SampaioWAdvSuper LigaABSSF1998
197UnknownWChokeWorld Champ.61KG1/4F1998
199Fredson AlvesWPointsWorld Champ.61KGF1998
353Marcos MattaMarcos MattaWPts: 2x0World Champ.64KGF2000
447Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWPointsRio x Sao PauloNASPF2000
461Hiroyuko AbeWMata leaoADCC66KGR12001
464Joe GuilbertWReferee DecisionADCC66KG1/4F2001
471Alexandre SocaAlexandre SocaWPointsADCC66KG3PLC2001
592Douglas PlataWN/AWorld Cup64KGSF2002
594Ricardo VieiraRicardo VieiraWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Cup64KGF2002
1339Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 6x3LA Sub-XABSSPF2006
1412Ulysses GomezWKneebarGQ All Star Pro63KG1/4F2007
1415Ricky LundellWGuillotineGQ All Star Pro63KGSF2007
1416Wilson ReisWHeel hookGQ All Star Pro63KGF2007
1452Tomoya YanagisawaWChokePan American64KGSF2007
1454Dai YoshiokaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American64KGF2007
1570Dai YoshiokaWPts: 5x2World Champ.64KG1/4F2007
1575Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KGSF2007
1576Samuel BragaSamuel BragaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KGF2007
1927Bernardo CruzWPointsWorld Pro.65KGR12009
2219Nobuhiko KitaharaWChoke from backArizona Open64KGSPF2010
2865Greger ForselWPts: 3x0ADCC66KGR12011
2904Ryan HallRyan HallWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG1/4F2011
5415Marcos MattaMarcos MattaWClock chokeWorld ExpoABSSPF2014
7094Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaD---Polaris 270KGSPF2015

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  • Josef "Ze Cobra says:

    I remember when I first laid eyes on Robson's aggresive and magical style of Jiu-Jitsu…I instantly became one of His biggest fans! Years later still trying to master His style, I am proud to have become His first American Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. To become a champion you must emulate a Champion! RMNU!!

  • Ryan Mann says:

    As a long time fan of Robson's I jumped at the chance to train with him when I found out he was within driving distance in Tampa, Florida. I am glad I took the opportunity to meet him- his Jiu Jitsu is second to none! RMNU!!

  • astolfo says:

    the best of all times. robinho is the man

  • Franz says:

    truly one of the best ever! so did robson skip the brown belt altogether? or did he just have it a really short time only?

  • Guest says:

    @Franz just a really short time

  • Scott says:

    Met Robson last weekend for three days and what a humble guy he is, I'm 14 years old and he give me his Masaru Gi to train in. Our club has affiliated with RMNU and is the first of hopefully many in the UK. I never got to thank before he left to go back to Tampa to open the gym on Monday, so thanx Robson and good luck in the ADCC next month !

  • Keith McKenzie says:

    He is an excellent instructor. Met him at LFF in London. Top geezer

  • Acai says:

    I have been training with Robson for six months now, and I am not looking back. Best choice I ever made. Robson's teaching style is innovative, and his classes are never long and drawn out. If you get a chance to goto one of his seminars or train with him long term take it.

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