I believe that discipline and planning, in balance with creativity and improvisation, are fundamental to keep our physical and mental health. My driving force is to find the right tools to support you in your individual needs. My motivation is to promote the connection of body, mind, and spirit through conscious living. My methods focus on alignment, sensory awareness, meditation, active listening, philosophy and breath control in creative flows of both passive and dynamic practices. During my classes and private sessions, I guide you through a self-observation in order for you to be mindful, find your own answers, overcome your limitations without overdoing anything.
My work as an engineer had not been fulfilling and my master studies were personally not meaningful, but my exposure to yoga and other philosophical systems lead me to explore new ways of thinking. After taking a sabbatical year in 2015, I realized how everything is interconnected and today I use the perfect combination of Jiu-Jitsu and yoga as tools to express some of my ideas.
I had the pleasure to study BJJ with Rodrigo for around 30 private sessions by now. He is a very passionate teacher with the real interest in developing his students in a safe, progressive and mature way. It's hard to find someone who can guide you with more just the technical success taken into account. Rodrigo brings to the table elements of health, tactics, and strategy, longevity in the practice, balance, self-discovery, and psychology. To sum up: Highly recommended and big thumbs up!
Learning from Rodrigo is a wonderful experience and a smooth entry into the world of BJJ. Rodrigo manages to make order and sense in a very complex system, and every class builds upon the prior class so you get a feeling of continuity and process. Rodrigo lives and breath BJJ and it is shown in the way he teaches, he is very passionate about the teaching process and experiences the success of the student as if it was his own. I cannot recommend him more for people who are interested in learning BJJ.
I had the pleasure of having Rodrigo as one of my students during a yoga teacher training in Berlin in 2016. He is very insightful, patient, diligent and intuitive. He understands how the body and mind need to work together. By combining his yoga training and martial arts background he can offer a wide variety of programs which promote both physical and mental well being. Besides all his knowledge and teaching skills I found him to be a very kind soul. I recommend anyone to share his wisdom and presence to add more value and beauty to their lives.
Fleur Adams Yoga Teacher
I am so lucky as to know Rodrigo and his yoga teachings - and I am a better soul for it! He has deep knowledge and wisdom, he sees and understands where you are and helps you on in your yoga as well in your development. As a yoga virgin you are in a safe harbor - and as a yoga oldie you're in hands willing to push you AND catch you, if needed. For me he is somebody I trust with my mind and my body - he balances the yin and the yang of the world perfectly.
I give the warmest and most respectful of recommendations to Rodrigo.
Christian Frey BJJ Coach
I've attended several BJJ seminars by some big names, but what I learned in my first private lesson with Rodrigo simply exceeded, without exaggerating every one of them.
An extremely likeable person with an incredibly deep technical understanding.
His analytical way of teaching and explaining BJJ through concepts and body mechanics has left me speechless several times - even days afterwards.
Thank you for this great experience. I'm looking forward to many more private lessons
In more than three decades of martial arts, I have met many people. As a commentator of We Love MMA, I've analyzed hundreds of fights and watched coaches at work. Rodrigo stands out among them also by his open and positive nature. He brings his suppleness from Yoga into the flow of the BJJ. It's not just different techniques, it's about the concepts and principles we use them with. His understanding of fighting grows beyond a purely physical act, to a way of thinking and understanding. Even for experienced martial artists, Rodrigo's lessons offer many exciting suggestions and reflections. The mediated concepts also help beginners to better understand newly learned techniques and to apply the individual techniques more easily. The perfect complement to this is his Yoga. Since I'm not an expert in it, I leave the verdict to those who have more experience. For me, the first seminar weekend with him was a positive surprise. Rodrigo has updated knowledge, well-known systematized. He brings interesting suggestions, and discussions and, last but not least, fun at the training.
Ricardo "Rico" Vieira CheckMat Co-Founder | Headcoach of CheckMat Europe
We are starting an exciting new project: I will be the Head of CheckMat Europe under the leadership of my brother, Leo Vieira. We will begin in Germany, where we will unify the group to form a solid foundation. This will lend structure and direction to the German Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu scene.
One of the key references for our team in this country is Rodrigo, a black belt who embodies the essence of BJJ. He has all the technical skills and requirements to represent the CheckMat Team. Together, we can make CheckMat Germany competitive in the major BJJ events around the world in just a few years.
Alice Elizabeth Beauchemin Yoga teacher at Kailash Tribal school
I do not hesitate to put my trust in Rodrigo. He can guide you through his intuition and knowledge on your path to a serene state
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