by Claudio Freschi, SFUK Italia, 25 March
working the guard
met Roberto Meneguetti Almeida during a seminar
organized in Milano by Sfuk member Dino Fuoco
(a.k.a. Dino_F). Despite his massive look
(180 cm and 96 kg) hes a gentleman,
with a great sense of humor and a good attitude.
is from Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, 34 years
old, and hes a legit black belt under
Carlson Gracie. He lives in Rome Italia, where
he teaches BJJ at Accademia di Arti marziali.
Italia: Roberto tell me something about your
Alemeida : Ive started training
in Judo at the age of 4. Judo is my first
love and Ive competed a lot in it, but
in Brazil its easy to meet BJJ students
in various gym, so when I was 15 I began to
study this style. Its really common
to see many top athletes in Judo training
in BJJ and vice versa.
Italia: Where did you train in Brazil?
Alemeida : well I was a top level
competitor in Judo so Ive trained in
Jiu Jitsu in the week end at first, at the
Carlson Gracie Academy. Ive sparred
with Sperry, Ismail and Bustamante among others.
Then when I decided to take BJJ more seriously
I trained with Amaury Bitetti and Carlson
Gracie Junior at their Brazilian Fight Gym.
Italia: So you have competed a lot in Judo
and in BJJ ?
Alemeida : yes, in judo I won
various events in Brazil but also in Europe,
Ive competed in the nationals, in the
Pan American and also for the Olympic try
out, where I took second place.
BJJ Ive competed in the Nationals and
I won the Blue belt division, and Ive
done well also years later in the brown and
in the purple belt division.
Italia: Have you ever fought under Vale Tudo
Alemeida : Only 3 times, because
I really prefere the sport of BJJ and Judo.
In Brazil you could fight Vale Tudo for two
reasons, money or pride. I enjoy competing
under BJJ rules, I found it very funny, its
like for you playing football or basketball,
I really love BJJ.
Italia: Tell me something about your Vale
Alemeida : In Brazil most of the
fights happen in the gym, I mean the real
vale tudo fights, and is a question of honor
of the school or simply because someone step
in the gym challenging the instructor. I remember
I was on the beach with my student and another
school was training near us, we started to
argue what style is the best, and suddendly
a riot between students came off.
that riot we decide to have a Vale Tudo fight
in my gym, I mean real vale tudo, anything
goes type of fight. I won that fight with
the other instructor in 1 minute and 40 seconds.
year late, another student of that instructor
challenged me, he was extremely good and broke
my nose with a good punch but after 7 minutes
I beat him by mata leao (rear naked choke).
third fight was another challenge match in
which I beat a guy with a triangle choke.
I really dont like fighting in Vale
Tudo, I prefere to fight under BJJ rules because
is so much fun.
Almeida & Claudo Freschi
that brief interview we started the seminar,
and Ive to tell you that is really a
great teacher, he showed us basic moves and
then advanced ones, with a good word for everyone,
and great advices to improve our skills. I
would like to thank Roberto Almeida and the
promoter of the seminar Dino Fuoco for a great
day of training.
Meneguetti Almeida is available for stage
and seminars, contact him at :