Romero Cavalcanti

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Romero Cavalcanti
Born (1952-10-22) October 22, 1952 (age 67)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other namesJacaré
ResidenceAtlanta, Georgia, United States
StyleGracie Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s)Rolls Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Helio Gracie
Rank   8th Degree Coral Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Notable studentsFabio Gurgel, Rubens Charles Maciel, Matt Larsen, Leandro Vieira

Romero Cavalcanti (born October 22, 1952), nicknamed Jacaré because he used to wear Lacoste polo shirts in his younger years, is a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the founder-head coach of the prestigious Alliance Jiu Jitsu Team. He is one of the six people to have been promoted to Black Belt by the famous Rolls Gracie prior to Gracie's death in a hang gliding accident.[1][2] Romero has coached many of today's top Black belt competitors and black belt coaches, and was a significant influence on the US Army Combatives Program through his student Matt Larsen.


Romero's nickname refers to this species of caiman

Romero began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at 11 years old. By the age of 16, Romero regularly attended jiu jitsu classes at the famous Gracie School in Copacabana where he grew up, alongside Carlos Gracie, Jr., Crolin Gracie, Mario Claudio Tallarico, Fábio Santos, Mauricio Motta Gomes, the Machados, and Rickson Gracie.[1][2] After extensive competition from 1972 to 1985 and working as an assistant instructor at the Gracie school, Romero opened his first school in Ipanema, Brazil. Romero had studied in New York in the 1970s, and in 1995 he moved back to the US with his family and opened a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in Miami. He later moved to Atlanta where he established a school in late 1996.[3]

Instructor Lineage[edit]

Kano JigoroTomita TsunejiroMitsuyo "Count Koma" MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr.Helio GracieRolls Gracie → Romero "Jacaré" Cavalcanti

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c [1] Flograppling >> Even Masters Get Promoted Too: 7th And 8th Degree Black Belts Honored. URL accessed on September 13,2017.
  2. ^ a b On The Mat >> Rolls Gracie Biography. URL accessed on June 14, 2010.
  3. ^ Allian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. URL accessed on June 14, 2010.

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