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The Association is proud to inform you that our long time student, Rodrigo Vaghi, is a Certified Black Belt Instructor under the Rickson Gracie International Jiu-Jitsu Association. His school, Universal Martial Arts in St. Louis, Missouri, brings the Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training to the Midwest, as our Association continues to grow.
Rodrigo has been training with the Gracie Family for over 13 years now. He recently arrived form Brazil, where he as an instructor at the original Gracie Academy, under the Grand Master Helio Gracie, my father.
A three-time State Jiu-Jitsu Champion, Rodrigo has distinguished himself as both an excellent competitor and as a teacher of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He also specializes in the original Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense System, which has been proven to be extremely effective not only for the general public, but also for police and military work.
Rodrigo’s goal for the Universal martial Arts School in St. Louis is to spread the teaching of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and to develop new champions and members for the Rickson Gracie American Jiu-Jitsu Association. We are confident that he will be able to pass on the teaching he received, from the Gracie Family, and myself, with dedication, and technical efficiency.