Our History

Professor Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros

comprido-medeiros2Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 16. His nickname, “Comprido”, is Portuguese for “long”-a reference to his tall stature. Rodrigo received his black belt from Rolls Gracie student, Romero “Jacaré” Cavalcanti and Fernando “Magrao” GurgelRodrigo is one of the founding members of Team Brasa  and he is one of the most decorated BJJ black belts in the world. His titles include: 7 time BJJ World Champion and 2 time OPEN weight BJJ World Champion (one of a small handful who share this honor). Today Comprido is one of the most sought out BJJ coaches in the world, he has trained countless Pan American and World Champions in addition to UFC stars such as Brock Lesner and Demian Maia. He is well known for being a strategist and having one of the best BJJ minds in the game. He currently resides in the Chicago area, teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Comprido Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

About Team Brasa

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Brasa is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion academy that was formed in 2004. This team came together after one of the most surprising break-ups in the history of the sport, a split in the Alliance Jiu-Jitsu squad that laid the foundation for Brasa and later for a number of other teams that have grown to be among the strongest academies of the 21st century. During the mid 2000′s Brasa dominated the competition through champions such as such as Ronaldo ‘Jacaré’ Souza, Robert Drysdale, Felipe Costa, Demian Maia, Rodrigo ‘Comprido’ and many others.

The first 4 years of Brasa ran smoothly with 3 straight team podium spots in the men’s adult division (2nd place 2005, 1st place 2006 and 3rd in 2007). A short time after there seemed to be some uncertainty among the leaders which pushed the team in what looked like different directions. This led the team to split in 2008, with the Vieira Brothers forming the Checkmat academy. Andre Galvao and Ramon Lemos, (two of the team’s top figures) also decided to open their own academy (Atos) and split from the Brasa in 2008.

Through the hard work of instructors such as Felipe Costa, Rodrigo Comprido and Muzio de Angelis, the team has consistently poured talented grapplers into BJJ’s top competitions. Brasa also still holds affiliate academies all over the United States, Brazil and the rest of the world. Since his arrival from Brazil, Comprido has once again put Brasa on the map creating a dominant Jiu-Jitsu team in the Midwest. Team Brasa has won 6 consecutive team titles at the IBJJF Chicago International Open which is the Midwest’s most prestigious competition.

The name ‘Brasa’ came to Felipe Costa upon one of his travels to Porto Seguro, the place where the Portuguese first landed many centuries ago. There he saw the trees that gave Brazil its name, the Pau Brasil – also known as Brazilwood. The name was given to the tree due to its red pigment (valuable to the Portuguese) which resembled the color of ember that in Portuguese is translated to ‘Brasa’. The Brasa logo is represented by a comet with flames. This symbolizes our national and international teams around the globe.

About 360/Brasa

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Scott began his training under his Professor and mentor Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros in 2008. He realized that in order to reach his true potential someone would need to help guide his talent and mold his Jiu-Jitsu ability. Scott found that someone in Comprido and travels weekly to Chicago in order to stay sharp and train under his watchful eye. Each year Professor Medeiros will also travel to Milwaukee for seminars, organized team training, and to attend our annual summer promotion picnic/BBQ.

Under Rodrigo’s leadership Scott has won numerous titles most notably 3 Pan American Championships and a Silver Medal at the IBJJF Masters World Championships. Most importantly he has had the privilege of learning the fine details and concepts behind the Jiu-Jitsu techniques from one the most decorated and highly regarded black belts of all time. Professor Medeiros saw potential in Scott for his Jiu-Jitsu prowess and the ability to communicate and teach others. In 2009, Scott opened 360 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy becoming the only official Rodrigo Medeiros/Team Brasa affiliate in Wisconsin.

Since opening in 2009, 360/Brasa has grown and become a leader in the BJJ community and Milwaukee area!

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