There is no doubt that Romulo Barral is one of the most decorated names in the history of jiu-jitsu. Some of the notable awards that the master fighter has won include the 2013 ADCC Champion; 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2013 IBJJF World Champion; 2007 + absolute Pan American Champion; 2006 and 2007 Brazilian National Champion, and the 2009 World Nogi Champion. Barral is also the head instructor at Gracie Barra Northridge California, where he coaches notable grapplers like Gabriel Argels and Edwin Najmi, besides being Felipe Pena‘s mentor and close friend.
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The Brazilian maestro sensationally retired from competing at Worlds in 2016 after he lost to Leandro Lo. In a heavily emotional display which attracted a standing ovation, he tied his black belt around the new champion’s waist after their match. In his moving speech, he thanked all his fans for their unwavering support and love.
Consequently, it’s a surprise for the recent announcement that Barral would compete at the IBJJF Worlds 2017.
As a 5-time BJJ champion, Romulo Barral is a living legend in jiu-jitsu circles. The excitement of his fans can, therefore, be clearly understood any time he is scheduled for any promotional match. Romulo Barral is coming out of retirement to show his students how things are done.
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