Profile of world champion Rodolfo Vieira Srour – GF Team (NON-Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lineage)

(Posted on February 18, 2014 – last update: March 2, 2016.)

Rodolfo Vieira Srour (born September 25, 1989, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a four-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) World Champion and a six time World Cup champion. Rodolfo’s Jiu Jitsu style displays a very diverse set of skills, allied with a fast pace guard passing style, great cardio and huge physical prowess, making him the most dominant Heavyweight in Jiu-Jitsu’s recent years by completely dominating most of his fights. He is highly regarded for his guard passing skills. His recurrent matches with Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida (Marcos Vinicius Oliveira de Almeida) are among Jiu Jitsu’s most famous rivalries.

Rodolfo Vieira Srour
Born September 25, 1989 (age 26)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other names The Black Belt Hunter
Residence Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Division Super Heavyweight (-100kg)
Team GF Team
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Background

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Rodolfo started training under Arlans Maia when he was 13, because he felt overweight. A few years later he joined the Gama Filho team (now Grappling Fight Team) under Julio Cesar Pereira, as a purple belt, where he would go on to receive his brown and black belts.

Career

Rodolfo first made an impression on the international scene in 2009, by winning the World Cup Brazilian north trials as a brown belt in a mixed brown and black belt division. He went on to win his division World Cup with a victory over two-time world champion Braulio Estima, whilst he was still a brown belt, this earned him the nickname “Black Belt Hunter”. After promotion to black belt, injury sidelined him throughout most of 2010. He returned in 2011 at the black belt division, first winning his division and the absolute at the Pan American Championship then repeating the feat at the World Cup and then the World Championship, he faced Bernardo Faria in five out of the six finals. Rodolfo would go on to compete at the 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, after defeating Joseph Lee Blaize and Antonio Peinado, he lost by heel hook to Dean Lister, in the semi-finals. In 2012 after winning double gold at the European Championship and the World Cup again, he went on to the World Championship. He suffered a defeat to ‘Buchecha’ in the quarter-finals of absolute division, he went on to defeat Xande Ribeiro to win his weight class for a second time. In 2013 he competed in the Copa Podio in Brazil, where he won his weight division and the absolute. He then competed at the World Cup, where he won his weight division but came second in the absolute again losing to ‘Buchecha’. At the World Championship, Rodolfo retained his title in the -94 kg weight class but lost to ‘Buchecha’ in the final of the absolute. In 2014 in an effort to defeat ‘Buchecha’, Rodolfo put on more weight and moved up to the -100 kg weight class, at the 2014 World Cup he won his weight class defeating Luiz Panza in the final, but again was defeated by ‘Buchecha’ in the absolute final; however, the match was much closer than their last previously contested matches.

° Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda (aka Count Combat, Conde Koma) —> Luiz França Filho (10th Dan Red Belt and one of the primary founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu along with Carlos Gracie and his brothers) —> Oswaldo Baptista Fadda/Academia FADDA —> Monir Salomão —> Júlio César Pereira (head of GF Team) 
° Team: GF Team (Grappling Fight Team).

Rodolfo Vieira Srour
Medal record
Competitor for  Brazil
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2011 California, USA -94kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 California, USA Absolute
Gold medal – first place 2012 California, USA -94kg
Gold medal – first place 2013 California, USA -94kg
Silver medal – second place 2013 California, USA Absolute
Gold medal – first place 2014 California, USA -100kg
Silver medal – second place 2014 California, USA Absolute
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2009 Abu Dhabi, UAE -92kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Abu Dhabi, UAE -92kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Abu Dhabi, UAE Absolute
Gold medal – first place 2012 Abu Dhabi, UAE -94kg
Gold medal – first place 2012 Abu Dhabi, UAE Absolute
Gold medal – first place 2013 Abu Dhabi, UAE -94kg
Silver medal – second place 2013 Abu Dhabi, UAE Absolute
Gold medal – first place 2014 Abu Dhabi, UAE -100kg
Silver medal – second place 2014 Abu Dhabi, UAE Absolute
Pan American Championship
Gold medal – first place 2011 California, USA -94kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 California, USA Absolute
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 2012 Lisbon, Portugal -94kg
Gold medal – first place 2012 Lisbon, Portugal Absolute

 

Study of Rodolfo’s Jiu Jitsu game

I: Takedown Study, Part 1 – A Study of Planes
II: Takedown Study, Part 2 – Grip Strategy and Leg Grabs
III: Guard Passing Study, Part 1 – Pressure Passing
IV: Guard Passing Study, Part 2 – Weaves
V: Guard Passing Study, Part 3 – Weaves Continued
VI: Positional Studies – Crossface Counters (Rodolfo vs Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida)

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References

  1. Grappling Fight Team
  2. Grappling Fight Team on BJJ Heroes
  3. GF Team Do Mundo on Facebook
  4. Julio Cesar Pereira on BJJ Heroes
  5. Julio Cesar Pereira on Facebook
  6. Rodolfo Vieira on Wikipedia
  7. Rodolfo Vieira on BJJ Heroes
  8. Rodolfo Vieira on Facebook
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