I have known ‘Gordinho; for a very long time and I can say that he has always been an excellent Jiu-Jitsu fighter and became the instructor everybody would like to have. So I can truly say that you guys are very lucky to have him here. His commitment to his students and school go beyond words so enjoy guys and we will be seeing each other on the mats very soon.
Mauricio Gomes- 7th Degree Coral Belt
Rafael ‘Gordinho’ has been a good friend of mine for a long time, we grew up together training in Rio and later on we both worked at Renzo Gracie Academy in NYC.
I highly recommend training with him. He has great knowledge and methods. You won’t regret.
I have known and worked with Rafael “Gordinho” Lima for over 15 years and can say that as a professor, leader of people, manager and person he is a true leader in every aspect. Rafael is a great asset to anyone who gets to work with him. Excited to see what he is bringing to Florida as I’m sure it’s going to be something truly special.
– 7th Black Belt under Renzo Gracie
– Director and CEO of 6 Academies in the Denver, Colorado region, representing over 1000 BJJ students
– First American National Black Belt and no-weight division champion (IBJJF-International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation)
– MMA coach to several UFC-Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters
It was a great privilege to have Professor Rafael Correa de Lima visit us at Gracie Oceania New Zealand Academy.
Right from the start we knew it was going to be a special experience. Even after a day of travel, he came straight to the gym, where he soon found himself on the mats helping others!
His seminars were excellent. Lots of the simple stuff, but with all the details! Our students have each found themselves some key details that have already changed their game. The children’s sessions were excellent, and his experience with children was clearly evident.
As an instructor I received some great support and mentoring from Professor Rafael Correa de Lima. It was a great pleasure, and we look forward to having you back in the future
All the best with your new Academy.
Best Regards, Stuart Marks
Gracie Oceania Training Center
Without a doubt, Rafael Gordinho is one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu professors in the world. He is one of the finest Black Belt World Champions I have ever met as a person, a competitor, and a teacher. What makes him special is his ability to teach complete beginners or elite professional fighters. He can elevate your entire game in minimal time. If you want the best in life, you need to join START Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
– Chatri Sityodtong, Founder and Chairman of Evolve Mixed Martial Arts
During my career as a martial artist, I’ve met, trained and learned with some of the best in this business. But just a few are on the TOP of that list of extraordinary individuals. One of these people is Rafael “Gordinho” Correa. Rafael has an incredible technique, determination, drive and passion for what he does.
As an intense person, whatever he chooses to do, professionally or personally, he will put 1000% of his energy and will always act with integrity, honesty and perfection. I am blessed to have been in close contact with him since we’ve been close friends and also teammates for a long time. If you have the chance to train and learn from “Gordinho” and you are not doing it, you will regret and loose a one in a lifetime opportunity.
+ 4th degree Black Belt. 4 times Pan-Am Champion
+ 2x Silver Medalist at the World Championships
+ 2x National Champion and Strikeforce Featherweight Winner
+ Head-Instructor of Gracie Barra BH and Gracie Barra TX
Rafael “Gordinho” is the kind of guy anyone would want to surround themselves with. Besides his passion and meticulous detail when instructing BJJ on the mats, he demonstrates the same enthusiasm and sincerity when it comes to his friends and family.
“Good vibe guy”. Good luck on your next journey, my friend ‘brotha’!!
+ 6th degree Black Belt (Head-instructor Gracie Barra Encinitas)
I have had the pleasure of having a friendship with Rafael since the early 90’s. During this time I learned that if you want something to do, “Gordinho” is your man, and if you want something done, “Gordinho” is also your man! His Jiu-Jitsu mind is of the highest level, his friendship is unwavering.
Boa sorte, meu irmao!!
I have grown up around the Martial Arts and have had many teachers, coaches, and instructors over the years. Professor Rafael is one of the best I have come across. I have had the pleasure of training with him for many years now. Professor Rafael has incredible talent for presenting complex ideas simply, making it possible for students of all levels to understand. He encourages each student to set high goals and then provides the tools necessary to achieve them.
Professor Rafael has created a very friendly learning environment. Being fortunate enough to train at many different schools, I can honestly say that the atmosphere and instruction Professor Rafael has created is second to none. I truly believe that this atmosphere is the reason for the extraordinary success of his students.
No matter what level belt you have achieved, Professor Rafael will help take your Jiu-Jitsu game to the next level. If you’re serious about Jiu-Jitsu and want to be one of the best, you have to train with the best. Professor Rafael can help you reach a level higher than you’ve ever thought possible.
+ 6th degree Kempo Karate Black Belt
+ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
+ Kru in Muay Thai / SitYodTong Muay Thai Academy
I have known Professor Rafael Gordinho Lima for well over 10 years and can say that Pembroke Pines will never be the same! A World Champion in BJJ and a world class person in life has just opened up! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to change your life! Professor Rafael has been a teacher, mentor, life coach and most of all among my closest of friends and has changed my life! Recently Rafael was kind enough to clear his schedule for a few days and visit my Academy. We are still implementing his concepts and curriculum and have seen amazing results!
OSSSS Professor! Congrats and most of all enjoy your new journey! I will see you soon!
Alan Teo | Renzo Gracie Fort Lee
It was my honor to have Master Rafael Gordinho as my manager, not only as an athlete but as a person.
Thank you for helping me to be a good athlete and person.
+ UFC-Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran, Strikeforce MMA Champion.
I’ve known Gordinho for over 25 years. As kids, we practically lived at the academy, training 6-8 hours a day. Gordinho is one of the best BJJ instructors in the world.
I do not use those words lightly. He is a World Champion with a heart of gold and an eye for detail.
Most of all, Gordinho is one of the most genuine guys that I know.
Team START is lucky to have him.
+ Black Belt 4th degree
I have the pleasure to know Rafael both on and out of the mats. His knowledge of BJJ speaks for itself, supported by the numerous titles that he achieved during his competitive years.
As a teacher, Rafael has helped fighters all over the world and he was able to stand out and build strong teams in competitive places such as New York, Singapore and Rio De Janeiro. Everyone should be glad to have him in your city and I could not think of a better instructor to introduce you and your kids to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
+ Professor 3rd degree Black Belt – Gracie Barra Montreal
Thank you Professor Rafael Gordinho Lima for the Seminar!
Muito Obrigado Professor Rafael Gordinho Lima for such a great BJJ seminar.
Very technical and informative with a few tweaks and techniques I will be implementing in my BJJ game.
Good seminar tonight with Professor Gordinho! Good to see him back!
Great techniques, can’t wait for tomorrow! OSS
Fantastic Day 1 Seminar with Rafael Gordinho Lima. Simply awesome Day 2 with Rafael Gordinho Lima
Day #1 Seminar with Professor. Rafael Gordinho Lima. My best BJJ Seminar by far… Can’t wait for Day #2!!
Day #2 Seminar was awesome!! Hands down…. The best.
Thank you for all your help and guidance Prof. Gordinho…. Osss!
Muito Obrigado Prof Rafael Gordinho Lima for the awesome weekend of seminars.
Some of the techniques you showed are definite game changers for me. OSSS.
Thanks Gordinho for the amazing seminar…
Awesome learned heaps, thanks everyone at Gracie Oceania
Really nice details with the positions we were shown. Great day! Mad Lion
Raf Meets Raf, game changer for sure man , Gordinho’s knowledge is amazing! The detailed explanation to why this grip or that movement offers more control, helped my game change massively!!