About Roberto Traven
Roberto Traven was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He first starting training in BJJ when he was 16 under Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti. Before he started BJJ, he practiced many other sports, such as Judo, rowing, triathlon, and soccer. After years of training at multiple sports without much success, Traven decided to quit other sports and focus solely on BJJ. BJJ would never be the same.
Once Traven focused his energy on BJJ, it was quickly apparent that he was a gifted student and competitor. Traven's professional career in BJJ and MMA has been remarkable. Traven is a model athlete who has always taken his profession very seriously. He received his blackbelt from Jacare after four years of training 3 times a day Monday to Friday and one time on Saturdays. Going so far as to train with the lights off so that Jacare would not see them. Although the school was closed on Sundays, Traven and his friend would train informally so that they could review all the moves that they had learned from the previous week. Among his proven dedication, Traven has won many titles including being a two time BJJ World Champion. Traven has also won the 1999 Abu-Dhabi Absolute Division Championship. He is an accomplished BJJ fighter with experience in the UFC, Rings of Japan, Warriors in Australia, and the Russian Absolute Fighting Championship.
Traven is working in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is presently teaching Jiu-Jitsu and MMA at Unit2Fitness.
- First Place – Fight To Win Pro Atlana 2016
- Third Place - World Master Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship (Master 4) - 2016
- First Place - Pan Ams heavy weight division (class Master IV) - 2016
- First Place - World Master Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship (Master 4) heavy weight - 2015
- First Place - Pan Ams open and heavy weight division (class Master IV) - 2015
- First Place - World Master Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship (Master 4) heavy weight - 2014
- Third Place - Abu Dhabi Pro Trials in New Jersey (adult division)- 2011
- First Place - Pan American Heavyweight division (Senior II class)- 2010
- First Place - Pan American Open and Super Heavyweight division (class Senior I) - 2006
- First Place - Master’s World Cup Heavyweight - 2003
- Second Place - Masters World Championship - 2002
- First Place - Master’s World Cup Super Heavyweight - 2002
- First Place - Master’s World Cup Open Class - 2002
- First Place - Rings Japan - 2000
- Second Place - Super Fight in the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (Grappling) - 2000
- First Place - Open Class in the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (Grappling) - 1999
- First Place - Brazilian Team Championship - 1999
- First Place -World Championship - 1999
- First Place -World Championship - 1998
- First Place - AFC Russia Ultimate Fighting - 1997
- First Place - Brazilian Team Championship - 1996
- First Place - Ultimate Fighting Championship - 1996
- First Place - Brazilian National Championship - 1995
- First Place - Brazilian Team Championship - 1995
Muzio De Angelis Head Professor at Gavea Gym Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"When I started training BJJ with Traven my life changed. I began to train seriously and intensely. He encouraged me to develop my physical strength and become healthy by changing my diet. He also encouraged me to compete in all competitions at that time. So, I became stronger, faster and an athlete with better technique----- I became a super athlete. I beat all opponents and became one of the best brown belts of my generation. Traven was much more than a coach to me, it was like an older brother, he taught me to respect people, to be calmer and more tolerant---Before I met Traven I was very rebellious. For that reason, he was very important in my life, he showed me the right way! I am very grateful for everything he did for me and no doubt he is one of my idols!"
Professor Carlos Farias Instructor at East West MMA Mesa, AZ
"I've trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 16 years. Roberto Traven is my mentor, my coach, and like a second father. He helps me and pushes me to be the best athlete I can be. Quitting is never an option; He pushes me beyond my limits, and makes me realize that I can be stronger and go further than I ever thought possible. The world needs more coaches like Roberto Traven."
Professor Carlos David Oliveria Instructor at Combat Sports Center Richmond, VA
"I am very grateful to the master Roberto Traven, for all the support, affection, and friendship, I believe that Traven is deeply responsible, not only for my development as a person, helping in the formation of my character, as well in my development as an athlete technician, I am eternally grateful for the transformation that occurred in me influenced by master Traven."