Legendary Ezequiel Paraguassu at the Academy

The legend Ezequiel Paraguassu showing a sneaky choke from the north south position at Rodrigo Resende Academy.

Ezequiel Paraguassu (Ezekiel), was an Olympic level Judoka who competed in two Olympics. He is well known for the use of the Sode guruma jime, (sleeve choke). In 1988 he decided to tighten up his ground work (newaza) ahead of the Seoul Olympics at the Carlson Gracie Academy, in Rio de Janeiro. Paraguassú’s masterful control of this technique earned him the honour of having the choke named after him by the jiu jitsu community. An interesting fact is that Ezequiel Paraguassú left Brazil and moved to Switzerland, shortly after his stint training at the Carlson Gracie headquarters, where he lived for many years completely unaware that the choke had become highly popular in the sport of Brazilian jiu jitsu, nor that it bore his name. It was only upon his return to Brazil, 19 years later, that he heard a coach yell to his student “do the Ezekiel choke”, at a BJJ tournament for the first time and found of the success it had in competition.


Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu Visits the Academy (VIDEO)

World Champion and Abu Dhabi Absolute Champion Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu recently visited the Academy for a special appearance and seminar for his students. Rodrigo invited Cyborg down to show his incredible talents and, in the video above, his technique for blocking a half guard sweep, transitioning to a kimura. Check out this video to see his technique in this unique opportunity for members.

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