The 5th Grappler of the Week is:
Bruno Frazatto is one of the top Jiu Jitsu featherweights in the world, who also fights at Lightweight on occasion. Bruno has won important competitions in BJJ such as the Brazilian National Championship and the Pan American. He has fought for different teams but most recently he joined the the prestigious Atos Team, one of the best academies in the World.
Full Name: Bruno Frazatto Xavier de Campos Barbosa
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Bruno Frazatto
Main Achievements as a Black Belt (BJJ):
- Pan American Champion (2011);
- 2x Brazilian National Champion (2006 and 2009);
- World Silver Medallist (2008);
- Brazilian ADCC Trials Champion
Weight Division: Featherweight.
Favourite technique/Position: Guard (Open).
Team/Affiliation: Atos – Formerly from Godoi Jiu Jitsu, Brazilian Top Team (BTT) and Brasa.
Bruno Frazatto’s Biography
Not much is known from Frazatto, a fighter who has always been reserved with the media. It is known however that Bruno was born in Campinas on the 12th of July 1984. He started his BJJ training when he was 16 years old, and his fast rise to the Black Belt came due to his numerous titles, fighting many times in the adult division when he was still under age.
His black belt came from the hands of Roberto Godoi, the illustrious Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach from Sao Paulo in 2005 and straight away he made his first Mundial (World Championship) podium (3rd Place).
In 2006, Frazatto premiered in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) with a victory at the Max Fight 1, winning the fight by submission. In the same year came his first Gold Medal at a major Black Belt BJJ event, the event was the Brazilian Nationals. That year Frazatto had 2 more MMA fights, both victories for the Campinas native.
Frazatto managed to continue his BJJ and MMA career in 2007 winning another fight at a local MMA event while competing (and winning) the Brazilian Trials for ADCC and getting third place at the Mundials once again.
Bruno Frazatto had to re-think his training schedule, and in trying to get his long term goal of achieving gold at the World Championships, he called off his MMA training and focussed solely in the Gi work for 2008. This decision brought him to change up his gi training partners as he moved away from Godoi Jiu Jitsu Academy to start his training with Leozinho Vieira at the Brasa HQ in Sao Paulo. He split his training between Leozinho in Sao Paulo and Ramon Lemos’s camp in Rio Claro. The change did improve Frazatto’s performances, but didn’t get him the desired gold at the Mundial (World Championship) as Bruno lost to his nemesis, Rubens Charles in the final of both the Mundial and the Pan Ams.
In 2009 with the split in Brasa, Frazatto moved for good with the Ramon Lemo’s team (Atos Getho BJJ). Together with Frazatto several other big names followed, as Atos became one of the best teams in BJJ today.