earning his brown
and black belt by the
Fabio Prado was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He stated practicing Jiu Jitsu when he was 14 years old after a friend of his (Paulão) invited him to come and train at the Carlson Gracie academy in Copacabana – South area of Rio de Janeiro. He stayed at the academy earning his blue and purple belt there, after which he decided to move to the Gracie academy at the Ilha do Governador (Gracie Ilha) an affiliate of Gracie Humaitá where his childhood friend Daniel Moraes trained.
He trained there under Royler Gracie‘s black belt, Marcelo Clemente earning his brown and black belt by the Gracie instructor. In 2007 “Pateta” decided to try his luck in the United States, travelling through California and Hawaii coaching and fighting, before settling in Sacramento after he received an invitation to coach MMA’s rising star Urijah Faber.
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