Fabio was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and started his athletic career with the sport of rowing. Fabio dedicated most of his teenage years to the sport and eventually represented Brazil as a member of their rowing team.
At the age of 18 Fabio, whose father was a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, was encouraged by a close friend to try the sport. Fabio’s athletic ability translated quickly into success in Jiu-Jitsu and after only 3 months of training and having learned just 4 techniques he won the first national Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament.
This early success motivated Fabio to continue his training with his friends the Machado brothers. Eventually the Machados moved to California and it became more difficult for Fabio to train with them regularly. Fabio’s career as a photographer took him to Europe and New York but he would still make trips to California to train with the Machados, where he after winning the Pan American championships twice he received his black belt.
Since then Fabio has been teaching Jiu-Jitsu in New York city for over 15 years. In addition to his teaching Fabio also competes in the top tournaments and has won the Gold medals in the Pan American Championships. He has also created some amazing competitors and teachers.
Pan American No-Gi Black Belt Senior Super HeavyWeight Champion 2010
Pan American Black Belt Senior Super HeavyWeight Champion 2007
Pan American Open Weight Champion 2006
Pan American Super HeavyWeight Champion 2006
Master World Championships Super HeavyWeight Bronze Medalist 2005
Master World Championships Super HeavyWeight Bronze Medalist 2003
Master World ChampionSHIPS HeavyWeight Bronze Medalist 2000
Pan American Brown Belt HeavyWeight Champion 1996
Pan American Brown Belt HeavyWeight Champion 1995
Babs was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He has also lived in France and Brazil, amongst other places, and speaks a few languages. He started training with Professor Fabio Clemente in 1995. After two years of training he became a student instructor with Professor Clemente. He competes and found early success in Jiujitsu. He was given the Blackbelt by Professor Clemente in 2005. He now teaches at his home dojo, Alliance Jiu-Jitsu NYC, and he also teaches at Beverly Hills Jiujitsu with Professor Marcus Vinicius, and at the new MMA gym PKG when he is in Los Angeles. Babs still actively competes and he is always looking forward to new challenges.
Pan American Black Belt Master LightWeight Silver Medalist 2010
Pan American Black Belt Master LightWeight Champion 2009
Pan American Black Belt Master LightWeight Silver Medalist 2008
USA Grappling Champion 2007
Pan American Black Belt Master Silver Medalist 2006
Pan American Black Belt Master Open-Class Bronze Medalist 2005
NY State BJJ Federation Black Belt Superfight Champion 2005
Tri-State Ground Control Classic Champion 1999
New York City Grappling Challenge Champion 1997