Eduardo Venâncio, also known in the Jiu Jitsu world as ‘Brigadeiro’, is a black belt in Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the legendary Ricardo De La Riva (BJJ). Though Brigadeiro did not have the flashiest of careers as a competitor in BJJ, he did manage to establish himself as one of the top coaches in Rio de Janeiro creating strong competitors and over 50 black belts. Eduardo Brigadeiro Jiu Jitsu Full Name: Eduardo Venâncio Nickname: Brigadeiro (Portuguese for Brigadier) is a popular Brazilian sweet, made of chocolate and in the shape of a bonbon. The name came more than likely due to Eduardo’s skin colour and the shape of his head. (not confirmed). Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo De La Riva > Eduardo Venâncio Main Achievements: Copa Atlântico Champion World Bronze Medallist (1996) Favourite Position/Technique: Guard passer. Weight Division: Pesado (94kg/207lbs) Team/Association: Brigadeiro Jiu Jitsu Eduardo ‘Brigadeiro’ Venâncio Biography Eduardo Venâncio was born on the 12th of November, 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started training Judo from an early age, being a tough competitor and reaching his black belt in the Japanese martial art by the age of 16. It was at his Judo club that he was first introduced to Jiu Jitsu, by Cláudio França. França, who was a BJJ blue belt at the time, trained Judo regularly at the club and sometimes showed a few BJJ positions to the Judocas. However, this interest in BJJ was limited, it was only after an altercation at the Riviera Country Club in Barra da Tijuca when Brigadeiro and a good friend of his by the name of ‘Tuninho’ ran into trouble with Ryan Gracie and Jamelão, two well known teenagers in the Jiu Jitsu circuit. The fight was mediated by Ralph Gracie and the result of the scrap propelled Eduardo’s desire to seek Jiu Jitsu training. Shortly after this incident, Cláudio França earned his purple belt and started (coincidentally) coaching at this same Riviera Club, naming the class: Riviera Jiu Jitsu. Shortly after Cláudio (with Joe Moreira) organized the first Copa Riviera (Riviera Cup of Jiu Jitsu), Brigadeiro fought and placed second in the tournament, earning his ‘instructor’s blue belt’ the following day. Eduardo Venâncio trained mainly with França, Joe Moreira and ‘Marção’ Vinicius, until the trio slowly moved to the United States. Brigadeiro had also been coaching since he was a blue belt, and being one of the top members of França’s gym he decided to continue the work on his own, thus starting ‘Brigadeiro Jiu Jitsu’. Brigadeiro also sought Ricardo De La Riva to be his instructor, earning his black belt from the guard master at the age of 20. Brigadeiro’s work continued, and his prowess as a coach was evident, creating one of the toughest BJJ schools in the country. The school has progressed year by year internally and on an international level with academies spread all over the world.