Instructors

Eduardo Fraga

Eduardo “Selvagem” Fraga is a renowned instructor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Eduardo has been training and competing in BJJ for over thirty years and has been teaching both adults and children for two decades. He is a 5th degree Jiu-Jitsu black belt and holds a brown belt in Judo. Eduardo is known for his dynamic teaching style which emphasizes basic technique and hard training.

He began jiu-jitsu at the age of 6 and was awarded black belt when he was 22. Eduardo came up during a golden age of BJJ in São Paulo training with and fighting against many of the other legends of the sport. Eduardo trained and taught in Sao Paulo under the legendary fighter Ryan Gracie (Ralph’s Brother). From 1995 to 1997 Eduardo fought vale tudo with a 7-3 professional record. His individual BJJ accomplishments include placing 10x Pan Americans (Black Belt), 7x Sao Paulo State Champion. In 2008 Eduardo immigrated with his family to the US and joined the Ralph Gracie team. He dedicates his life to teaching and promoting Jiu-Jitsu as a cornerstone for a healthy lifestyle.

An accomplished competitor, Prof Fraga holds the titles of:

  • 7x time Brazilian State Champion 1992,1993,1994,1996,2000,2001,2003
  • 3rd place 2000 Pan-American Tournament
  • 2nd place 2003 Pan-American Tournament
  • 3rd place 2004 Pan-American Tournament
  • 3rd place 2004 Master and Senior International Tournament
  • 1st place 2005 Pan-American Tournament
  • 3rd place 2005 Pan-American Tournament Open-Division
  • 2nd place 2008 Pan-American Tournament
  • 2nd place 2009 U.S. Open Championship
  • 2nd place 2010 Pan-American Tournament
  • 2nd place 2011 American Nationals black-belt middle-weight senior 1
  • 2nd place 2011 American Nationals black-belt absolute senior 1
  • 1st place 2011 US Open black-belt middle-weight senior 1
  • 1st place First Free Style Fight Circuit 1995
  • 2nd place Second Free Style Fight Circuit 1995
  • 2nd place Seventh Free Style Fight Circuit 1996

Newton Casemiro

Newton is from Goiania, a state 3 hours from the Capital Brasilia in Brazil. Newton moved to U.S. in 1997. Newton was a wrestler in High School from 1998-2001 and was inducted into the Albany High School Wrestling Hall of fame in 2014.

Newton started Judo in 1986 at the age of 5years old in his homeland, Brazil. Then got his Judo Black belt in 2003 from Mel Augustine from Albany YMCA and he is a third degree Judo black belt and head instructor at Berkeley Judo Club where he co-teaches with a 4th degree Black belt Barry Wagner whom joined the Berkeley Judo family in 2009 a couple years after the Judo program started at the Ralph Gracie Berkeley Academy. Newton and Barry has produced multiple Judo black belts. Judo is one of the most popular sports in the world for self-defense, exercise and philosophy, judo is the way to most efficiently use your skills against a stronger opponent while learning the respect, value and ethics espoused by its founder Jigoro Kano.

Newton started training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at Ralph Gracie Berkeley in 2005 where he got all of his belts from blue to black belt. Ralph Gracie promoted Newton to Blue belt himself in December of 2005 and Eduardo Fraga his Brazilian Jiu-jitsu instructor since 2008 promoted Newton to purple, brown and finally black belt in 2011 at Ralph Gracie Berkeley. Coach Newton has been teaching the kids Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class since he was a purple belt, he also co-teaches the beginners Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and sometimes all levels class with Coach Eduardo Fraga.

Ahmed White

Coach and competitor Ahmed White is a black belt and former professional MMA fighter with over ten years of training and teaching experience. Ahmed provides a fun learning atmosphere in his Thursday night No-Gi class where he incorporates his favorite fundamental moves along with trending concepts and techniques to help everyone improve their jiu-jitsu game. He’s always willing to help push you to new limits and give you tips if you have questions. Ahmed caters to each student’s learning style (audible, visual and kinesthetic), he encourages team support as well as personal growth.
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Alan Joyce

Alan started training Jiu-Jitsu in 2006 at the Ralph Gracie Berkeley Academy. In 2015 he was awarded his black belt by Eduardo Fraga, and is among the first group of home-grown black belts at the academy. He began teaching kids classes in 2012 at the rank of purple belt and now teaches adult and beginner classes as well as running a popular open mat.

Gian Traverso

Gian has been training at RGB since 2015 after completing a lengthy competitive career In folkstyle and collegiate wrestling. Gian is currently the boys wrestling coach at Berkeley High School and teaches the wrestling class at RGB. The wrestling class is focused on developing fundamental and advanced wrestling techniques that translate well into gi/nogi jiu-jitsu. A typical class consists of a dynamic warm-up that incorporates footwork, plyometric, tumbling drills and a light stretch. Then a set of quick drills designed to develop fundamental skills and positional awareness. A technique session where you develop a set of attacks and defenses from a base position. Then live sparring.

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