Founder and Main Coach of the Zenith BJJ Team
Rodrigo Henriques Cavaca is a one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pesadissimo (over 221lbs) practitioners in the world. Born in Santos, Brazil in the early 80s, Cavaca grew up with aspirations to become the next Brazilian soccer superstar. In awe of such stars as Socrates, Zico and Oscar huge dedication to both the athleticism and skill aspects of the beautiful game. Rodrigo Cavaca played competitive Futebol de Salao (5 a-side).
His competitiveness is the reason he first got into Jiu Jitsu. Focussing on soccer until the age of 19, a few of his already blue belt friends challenged him to start training Jiu Jitsu. Cavaca began training in Santos with an instructor by the name of Sarruço, achieving the blue belt.
At the age of 21 Cavaca sought new challenges, new training partners and new instructors. Moving to the club Integração, Cavaca was under the instruction of Carson Gracie black belt Élcio Figueiredo. After 5 years with Figueiredo, picking up some world title wins to add to his BJJ resume, Cavaca achieved his BJJ black belt.
Joining the Brasa team in Sao Paulo to truly test his skills, training under Leonardo Vieira who was at the helm of one of the best BJJ team in the world, a roster of fighters including Vieira himself, Robert Drysdale, Demian Maia, André Galvao, Lucas Leite and Felippe Porto to name a few.
2 years after Cavaca joined the Brasa team, Leonardo Vieira split to form a new team with his brother, Checkmat. Cavaca was one of the main coaches in the Checkmat Santos team, mentoring and coaching many high end athletes.
In 2013 Cavaca left Checkmat and formed Zenith Jiu Jitsu with Robert Drysdale.
Cavaca has now joined the Venum BJJ Team for the 2015 season. His infamous straight ankle lock will no doubt be making an appearance.
His Main Achievements to date:
- BJJ World Champion (2010);
- 2x BJJ European Champion (2010, 2009);
- 2x BJJ Brazilian National Champion (2010, 2008);
- BJJ World Silver Medallist (2009);
- BJJ Pan American Silver Medallist (2009);
- 2x BJJ Pan American Bronze Medallist (2010, 2008)