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Romulo Barral is a retired professional grappler as well as one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coaches in the world. Tipped as “The Number 1 BJJ fighter in the world” by Gracie Mag in 2007, Romulo Barral maintained his top tier black belt status in the years that followed with consistent medals at the top jiu-jitsu tournaments. reaching BJJ Heroes’ Top 10 Competitors of All Time ranking. Originally from Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Romulo Barral established his own successful jiu-jitsu academy in California — United States, named Gracie Barra Northridge.

Romulo Barral Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Rômulo Claudio Barral

Nickname: Rominho. The suffix “inho” in Portuguese is used as an endearing way of saying someone’s name.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Vinicius Magalhães > Romulo Barral

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2014/2013/2012/2009/2007)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Masters Championship (2016 Master 1)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2007**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2016**)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2006/2007)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2009)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2013)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016/2014/2011/2010**/2009*/2007*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016/2009)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017/2006)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017/2013/2013*/2006)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Weight Category: Meio Pesado (88kg-194lbs)

Favorite Position/Technique: Spider Guard and Triangle

Team/Association: Gracie-Barra

Romulo Barral Biography

Romulo Barral was born on May 3, 1982, in Belo Horizonte, State of Minas Gerais – Brazil.

Like many young boys, Romulo fell in love with martial arts through the movies, joining a taekwondo academy when he was 8 years old. Barral carried on training for many years, achieving a black belt in the striking based combat style, though he eventually stopped training by the time he was 19.

“Rominho” started training jiu-jitsu when he was 15 years old, at the Gracie Barra BH academy. His first coach there being Cristiano Lazzarini and Vinicius Magalhaes. Barral’s true intentions behind joining a grappling club were to learn enough to start fighting mixed martial arts (MMA), a wish that came through in 2004 when he was invited to fight at the Arena BH, a successful debut won by mata Leão choke (RNC).

A strong believer in the benefits of the gi game (kimono) for submission wrestling and MMA, he never stopped training with the Gi, even when preparing for this type of events, progressing through Gracie Barra’s belt system and earning his black belt on December 2005 from the hands of Vinicius “Draculino”.

As a black belt, Romulo quickly established himself as one of the top figures in the medium-heavyweight division of jiu-jitsu, through numerous victories at an international level. These victories that didn’t pass unnoticed by many MMA aces who invited Romulo do be their BJJ coach, fighters like Dan Henderson, King Mo, Jason “Mayhem” Miller among others had the privilege to train and be taught in the gentle art by Romulo.

Romulo Barral moved to the United States in the early 2010s where he taught at Alberto Crane’s school in the Los Angeles area. He then opened his own Gracie Barra academy in Northridge, California, a gym that became a hub for GB’s top talent.

Spider Guard Instructional by Romulo Barral

Romulo Barral Grappling Record

107 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    61 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

61 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Cross choke
28
17
#86e620
Mounted X choke
15
9
#5AD3D1
Kimura
10
6
#d1212a
Choke
10
6
#fad11b
Submission
7
4
#f58822
Armbar
5
3
#224aba
Brabo choke
3
2
#ff9124
Choke from back
3
2
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
3
2
#22c9a5
Inverted armbar
2
1
#fad223
RNC
2
1
#03861f
North south choke
2
1
#039a1f
Armlock
2
1
#03b41f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#03c61f
Short choke
2
1
#03d61f
Heel hook
2
1
#03f61f
Flying triangle
2
1
#82ff5f
Knee on belly
2
1
#a4ff5f
Triangle
2
1
61
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
41 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    25 (61%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke
13
1
#86e620
Footlock
13
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
13
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
13
1
#fad11b
Leglock
13
1
#f58822
Verbal tap
13
1
#224aba
Kneebar
13
1
#ff9124
RNC
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Romulo Barral Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1371Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2006
1476Delson HelenoDelson HelenoLChokeWorld Cup88KGF2006
1508Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS4F2006
1648Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsADCC Trials88KGSF2007
1703Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPointsADCC88KGSF2007
1704Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockADCC88KG3PLC2007
1780Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSF2007
1787Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.88KGF2007
2193Braga NetoBraga NetoLN/APan AmericanABSSF2009
2284Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPointsADCCO99KG4F2009
2374Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSF2009
2639Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLPts: 3x2World Pro.92KGF2010
2704Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLLeglockWorld Champ.88KGF2010
2913Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesLPts: 6x4World Pro.83KGSF2011
2983Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3148Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGF2011
3235Kyle GriffinLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGR12011
3724Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0SD World Trials92KGF2012
3845Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraLPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2012
3850Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 4x0BrasileiroABSSF2012
3904Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2012
4242Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds88KGF2012
4602Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 10x4Pan American88KGR12013
4658Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
5642Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
7909Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2015
7911Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG3RD2015
7964Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12015
8523Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9300Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2016
9610Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarWorld Pro85KGSF2016
10012Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGF2016
10075Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 11x2World Champ.ABS4F2016
10329Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
11065Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGSF2016
12171Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGSF2017
13146Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGSF2017
13851Gordon RyanGordon RyanLRNCADCC88KG4F2017
16678Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPointsACBJJ 1485KGSPF2018
19659Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 4x1Kasai 579KGSPF2019
23698Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionF2W 15291KGSPF2020
1339UnknownWNorth south chokeGrapplers QuestNANA2005
1369Joao FariaJoao FariaWArmbarPan American88KG4F2006
1441Joao OliveiraWKimuraWorld Champ.88KG4F2006
1499Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWBrabo chokeBrasileiro88KGSF2006
1500Fabio TrindadeWCross chokeBrasileiro88KGF2006
1591Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGF2007
1616F. SabatiniWMounted X chokePan American88KG4F2007
1618Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWPointsPan American88KGSF2007
1619Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGF2007
1632Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1633Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 6x6, AdvPan AmericanABSF2007
1646Thales LeiteWPointsADCC Trials88KG4F2007
1697Travers GrubbWPointsADCC88KGR12007
1701Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWHeel hookADCC88KG4F2007
1750Rogel MonsalveWFlying triangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2007
1753Joao FelipeWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2007
1754Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KGF2007
1769Uematsu NaoyaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1776Luis TheodoroWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2007
1778Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2007
2173Cameron DiffleyWCross chokePan American88KG4F2009
2187UnknownWCross chokePan AmericanABS8F2009
2190Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2280Denis RobertsWKneebarADCCO99KGR12009
2343Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KG4F2009
2346Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2348Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGF2009
2422Jared NathasonWKimuraNoGi Worlds88KG4F2009
2697Paulo AzambujaWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12010
2698Jared NathansonWKnee on bellyWorld Champ.88KGR22010
2701Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsWorld Champ.88KG4F2010
2702Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2010
2737Diego HerzogWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR12010
2740Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2743Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2912Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Pro.83KG4F2011
2977Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSR22011
3053UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3062UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3115Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2011
3138Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2011
3723Kevin CaseyWPointsSD World Trials92KGSF2012
3844Paulinho BaraúnaWPts: 17x2Brasileiro88KG4F2012
3848Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR12012
3889Tatsuya KondoWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3900Diego HertzogWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4073Gabriel RochaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGR12012
4077Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR22012
4080Diego HertzogWPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG4F2012
4083Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4084Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.88KGF2012
4161Raul CastilloWPts: 21x0IBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4164Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4165Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4198Gesse FilhoWInverted armbarRio Open88KG4F2012
4199Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross chokeRio Open88KGF2012
4200Abdelhakim GouramWDQRio OpenABS4F2012
4201Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWMounted X chokeRio OpenABSF2012
4237UnknownWPts: 26x0NoGi Worlds88KG4F2012
4241Felipe BobrickWRNCNoGi Worlds88KGSF2012
4379Marcel GonclavesWPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4447N/AWN/AEuropean Open88KG4F2013
4449Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPointsEuropean Open88KGSF2013
4450Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KGF2013
4594Matt JuberaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4600Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWCross chokePan American88KGR22013
4796Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGSF2013
5001Kim DongWKneebarADCC88KGR12013
5005Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPointsADCC88KG4F2013
5007Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
5009Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsADCC88KGF2013
5639Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKimuraWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5640Marcus ViniciusWCross chokeWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5806Adeildo José SilvaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5807Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5811Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWDQWorld Champ.88KGSF2014
7897C. JonesWKimuraADCC88KGR12015
7905Nieman GracieWKimuraADCC88KG4F2015
8925Martin AedmaWKimuraEuropean Open88KGR12016
8935Josh HingerJosh HingerWMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KG4F2016
8936Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KGSF2016
8956Andreas PeralesWMounted X chokeEuropean OpenABSR12016
8963Daniel CobbWCross chokeEuropean OpenABSR22016
8969Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeEuropean OpenABS4F2016
8973Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9287Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWCross chokePan American88KG8F2016
9294Pedro MelloPedro MelloWChokePan American88KG4F2016
9298Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2016
9591Romario MartinsWArmlockWorld Pro85KGR12016
9597Arturi SalasWPts: 14x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9608Igor SousaWCross chokeWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9998Vicente CavalcantiWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10008Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2016
10010Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2016
10065Nathan MendlesohnWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22016
10067Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
11059Erick BarbosaWPointsGrand Slam RJ94KGR12016
11060Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 5x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2016
12162Piter FrankWBow and arrowPan American82KG8F2017
12168Josh HingerJosh HingerWCross chokePan American82KG4F2017
13135Adriano CandidoWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
13142Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017
13846Kit DaleKit DaleWShort chokeADCC88KGE12017
14921Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWMounted X chokeACB 1085KGSPF2018
16288AJ SousaAJ SousaWCross chokeACBJJ 1385KGSPF2018
22609Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWReferee DecisionThird Coast III86KGSPF2019
23632Tanner RiceTanner RiceWReferee DecisionF2W 150100KGSPF2020

Banner Picture by Ross Finlayson.

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One Comment

  • Rafael says:

    Hi, I believe you could also put IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2016) into his “Main Achievements” section. That’ s quite a big one missing.
    Thans! Keep the good job.

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