|Gus: When did you start training?
Rodrigo: I started training in Judo when I was 5 years old and became a
brown belt. At the age of 11 I started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Gus: Who do you consider to be your teacher?
Rodrigo: Carlson Gracie the master of the champions. His academy is
known as the “Champion Factory”.
Gus: What other sports did you train?
Rodrigo: I have trained in boxing, yoga, surfing and swimming. I also
Gus: What is your favorite technique?
Rodrigo: The triangle and the roll choke. I consider myself an expert in
the triangle choke - that is why I put it in the logo of my BJJ
Gus: Who was the greatest inspiration in your life?
Rodrigo: My father, Armando Medeiros.
Gus: Do you have other athletes in your family?
Rodrigo: My father was a natural athlete. He trained in various sports
Gus: Which ones were your greatest matches?
Rodrigo: All my matches that I won I consider great, but against Renzo
Gracie in Abu Dhabi in 1998 was a great challenge for me because of who
my opponent was. After 30 minutes with no points and no advantages, he
Gus: What is your relationship with Vitor Belfort?
Rodrigo: I have known Vitor for more than 15 years. I am his first BJJ
instructor and we lived together in LA for 3 years. He is like my little
brother. I am also in his ringside whenever he fights.
Gus: What makes BJJ so effective?
Rodrigo: BJJ is a simple art where the small and weak guy can beat a big
and muscular guy. It is effective because it is all about leverage ,
balance, control, flexibility, speed and pressure.