Romero Cavalcanti

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Romero Cavalcanti
Born (1952-10-22) October 22, 1952 (age 70)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other namesJacaré
ResidenceAtlanta, Georgia, United States
StyleGracie Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s)Rolls Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Helio Gracie
Rank8th deg. BJJ coral belt[1]
Notable students

Romero Cavalcanti (born October 22, 1952) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master and the founder of Alliance Jiu Jitsu. He is one of the six men who were promoted to black belt by Rolls Gracie prior to his fatal 1982 hang gliding accident.[1][2] Romero has coached many of today's top competitors and coaches, and was a significant influence on the US Army Combatives Program through his student Matt Larsen. Cavalcanti is a member of the IBJJF Hall of Fame.[3]


Romero's nickname refers to Yacare caiman

Romero began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at age 11. He was nicknamed Jacaré because he used to wear Lacoste polo shirts in his youth. 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.[4]

Instructor lineage[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hywel Teague, Flograppling Masters Get Promoted Too: 7th And 8th Degree Black Belts Honored August 26, 2017
  2. ^ a b Rolls Gracie Biography. On The Mat URL accessed on June 14, 2010.
  3. ^ "Hall of fame". Hall of fame. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  4. ^ Allian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. URL accessed on June 14, 2010.

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