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Romulo Barral

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Romulo Barral is one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters in the “Meio Pesado” weight division. Tipped as “The Number 1 BJJ fighter in the world” in 2007 by Gracie Mag, Romulo Barral maintained this high class black belt status in the years that followed with consistent medals at the top BJJ tournaments in the world 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 the United States, proving that he was also a talented coach.

Romulo Barral Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Rômulo Claudio Barral

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

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > 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

105 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    61 (58%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • 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
RNC
2
1
#fad223
North south choke
2
1
#03861f
Armlock
2
1
#039a1f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#03b41f
Short choke
2
1
#03c61f
Heel hook
2
1
#03d61f
Flying triangle
2
1
#03f61f
Knee on belly
2
1
#82ff5f
Triangle
2
1
#a4ff5f
Inverted armbar
2
1
61
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
40 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    25 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (13%)
  • 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
1368Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2006
1473Delson HelenoDelson HelenoLChokeWorld Cup88KGF2006
1505Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS4F2006
1644Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsADCC Trials88KGSF2007
1699Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPointsADCC88KGSF2007
1700Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockADCC88KG3PLC2007
1776Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSF2007
1783Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.88KGF2007
2183Braga NetoBraga NetoLN/APan AmericanABSSF2009
2274Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPointsADCCO99KG4F2009
2364Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSF2009
2629Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLPts: 3x2World Pro.92KGF2010
2694Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLLeglockWorld Champ.88KGF2010
2903Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesLPts: 6x4World Pro.83KGSF2011
2973Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3138Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGF2011
3225Kyle GriffinLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGR12011
3714Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0SD World Trials92KGF2012
3835Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraLPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2012
3840Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 4x0BrasileiroABSSF2012
3894Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2012
4232Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds88KGF2012
4592Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 10x4Pan American88KGR12013
4648Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
5631Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
7889Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2015
7891Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG3RD2015
7944Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12015
8503Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9268Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2016
9573Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarWorld Pro85KGSF2016
9974Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGF2016
10037Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 11x2World Champ.ABS4F2016
10286Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
11020Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGSF2016
12085Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGSF2017
13043Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGSF2017
13739Gordon RyanGordon RyanLRNCADCC88KG4F2017
16488Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPointsACBJJ 1485KGSPF2018
19315Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 4x1Kasai 579KGSPF2019
1336UnknownWNorth south chokeGrapplers QuestNANA2005
1366Joao FariaJoao FariaWArmbarPan American88KG4F2006
1438Joao OliveiraWKimuraWorld Champ.88KG4F2006
1496Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWBrabo chokeBrasileiro88KGSF2006
1497Fabio TrindadeWCross chokeBrasileiro88KGF2006
1587Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGF2007
1612F. SabatiniWMounted X chokePan American88KG4F2007
1614Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWPointsPan American88KGSF2007
1615Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGF2007
1628Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1629Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 6x6, AdvPan AmericanABSF2007
1642Thales LeiteWPointsADCC Trials88KG4F2007
1693Travers GrubbWPointsADCC88KGR12007
1697Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWHeel hookADCC88KG4F2007
1746Rogel MonsalveWFlying triangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2007
1749Joao FelipeWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2007
1750Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KGF2007
1765Uematsu NaoyaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1772Luis TheodoroWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2007
1774Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2007
2163Cameron DiffleyWCross chokePan American88KG4F2009
2177UnknownWCross chokePan AmericanABS8F2009
2180Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2270Denis RobertsWKneebarADCCO99KGR12009
2333Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KG4F2009
2336Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2338Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGF2009
2412Jared NathasonWKimuraNoGi Worlds88KG4F2009
2687Paulo AzambujaWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12010
2688Jared NathansonWKnee on bellyWorld Champ.88KGR22010
2691Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsWorld Champ.88KG4F2010
2692Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2010
2727Diego HerzogWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR12010
2730Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2733Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2902Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Pro.83KG4F2011
2967Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSR22011
3043UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3052UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3105Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2011
3128Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2011
3713Kevin CaseyWPointsSD World Trials92KGSF2012
3834Paulinho BaraúnaWPts: 17x2Brasileiro88KG4F2012
3838Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR12012
3879Tatsuya KondoWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3890Diego HertzogWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4063Gabriel RochaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGR12012
4067Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR22012
4070Diego HertzogWPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG4F2012
4073Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4074Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.88KGF2012
4151Raul CastilloWPts: 21x0IBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4154Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4155Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4188Gesse FilhoWInverted armbarRio Open88KG4F2012
4189Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross chokeRio Open88KGF2012
4190Abdelhakim GouramWDQRio OpenABS4F2012
4191Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWMounted X chokeRio OpenABSF2012
4227UnknownWPts: 26x0NoGi Worlds88KG4F2012
4231Felipe BobrickWRNCNoGi Worlds88KGSF2012
4369Marcel GonclavesWPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4437N/AWN/AEuropean Open88KG4F2013
4439Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPointsEuropean Open88KGSF2013
4440Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KGF2013
4584Matt JuberaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4590Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWCross chokePan American88KGR22013
4786Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGSF2013
4991Kim DongWKneebarADCC88KGR12013
4995Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPointsADCC88KG4F2013
4997Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4999Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsADCC88KGF2013
5628Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKimuraWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5629Marcus ViniciusWCross chokeWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5795Adeildo José SilvaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5796Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5800Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWDQWorld Champ.88KGSF2014
7877C. JonesWKimuraADCC88KGR12015
7885Nieman GracieWKimuraADCC88KG4F2015
8895Martin AedmaWKimuraEuropean Open88KGR12016
8905Josh HingerJosh HingerWMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KG4F2016
8906Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KGSF2016
8926Andreas PeralesWMounted X chokeEuropean OpenABSR12016
8933Daniel CobbWCross chokeEuropean OpenABSR22016
8939Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeEuropean OpenABS4F2016
8943Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9255Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWCross chokePan American88KG8F2016
9262Pedro MelloPedro MelloWChokePan American88KG4F2016
9266Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2016
9554Romario MartinsWArmlockWorld Pro85KGR12016
9560Arturi SalasWPts: 14x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9571Igor SousaWCross chokeWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9960Vicente CavalcantiWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
9970Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2016
9972Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2016
10027Nathan MendlesohnWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22016
10029Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
11014Erick BarbosaWPointsGrand Slam RJ94KGR12016
11015Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 5x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2016
12076Piter FrankWBow and arrowPan American82KG8F2017
12082Josh HingerJosh HingerWCross chokePan American82KG4F2017
13032Adriano CandidoWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
13039Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017
13734Kit DaleKit DaleWShort chokeADCC88KGE12017
14765Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWMounted X chokeACB 1085KGSPF2018
16107AJ SousaAJ SousaWCross chokeACBJJ 1385KGSPF2018

Banner Picture by Ross Finlayson.

Romulo Barral vs Demian Maia (Brazilian Nationals 2006)

Romulo Barral vs Cristiano Ribeiro (2007 World Championships)

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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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