PROF. ANIBAL LOBO
Anibal Lobo was born in the Flamengo neighborhood of Rio De Janeiro. He was introduced to Jiu-Jitsu when he wa 15 years old by his childhood friend Rickson Gracie and Pedro Sauer. He began training with the legendary Helio Gracie at the Rio Branco Academy in 1977. The Academy later moved to the Humaita neighborhood where Anibal received his Blue Belt from Rickson Gracie in 1980. The Humaita Gracie Academy continues to be one of Brazil’s leading Jiu-Jitu centers.
Anibal has many fond memories growing up in Brasil and around the Academia Gracie. He has known his wife, Hilda James, since they were both 14 years old, and their first kiss was behind Helio Gracie’s piano. He also recalls going to school with his great friends and masters Rickson Gracie and Pedro Sauer.
In 1988 Anibal and Pedro Sauer moved to Los Angeles, following Rickon Gracie to United States with their mutual committment to help bring Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to America. He continued training with Rickson and later moved to Provo, Utah to teach with Pedro Sauer representing the Rickon Gracie Association. In 1998, at the first Rickson gracie International Competition, Anibal was presented with a special award by Rickson Gracie at a cermony honoring his important role in the development of Jiu Jitsu. He began representing the Pedro Sauer Association in 2000 – teaching classes in Salinas, South Central Los Angeles, and various other locations throughout California. He received his Black Belt from Pedro Sauer in 2007. Today Anibal is a 2nd degree black belt under Masters Pedro Sauer and Rickson Gracie
Anibal’s goal is to inspire his students to develop an exceptional grasp of the techniques and traditions of Jiu-jitsu and achieve a higher level of skills and self-confidence that will enrich their lives both on and off the mat. Professor Anibal’s focus is not only on teaching his students the kind of skills that will be important to them in Jiu Jitsu competitions, but also to help them develop the practical self-defense skills that form a curcial foundation of Graice Jiu Jitsu and are essential for everyday life.
Anibal lives by his grandfather’s advice, “You can count the days of your life or you can make every day count.” He adds that Jiu Jitsu teaches a person to be humble, to appreciate the value of other human beings, and to be a better person overall. He considers it his responsibility to help pass Jiu-Jitsu onto future generations.
Although I started Jiu-Jitsu prior to meeting Anibal in 2007, it wasn’t until then that I developed a true grasp of it’s possibilities. My goal, as Anibals first brown belt, is to live up to the high standards set by him. We always try to implement the use of leverage and technique to beat power and strength. Most importantly emphasizing a basis of self defense in everything we do.
In addition to studying Jiu-Jitsu, I’ve put in many years of training in western boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai.
Kris Reid started looking into martial arts when he turned 19. After years of being picked on because he was smaller than his friends he looked into his colleges mixed martial art club. It was there where he got his first taste of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and he was hooked.
He then transferred to the Arizona State University and began to train at Nova Uniao USA Headquarters under Gustavo Dantas in August 2011. He was then forced to return to Oregon in June of 2012. Leaving Nova Uniao behind him he then found Anibal Lobo Jiu Jitsu Academy and has been training hard (five+ days a week) under Anibal Lobo and Erik Shiley ever since.
Ryan Brumbaugh was first introduced to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu while living in Hawaii in 2008. He
overheard his coworkers talking to one another about how awesome their training had been the
previous night. When, out of curiosity, Ryan inquired as to what they were talking about, he was invited
to their academy.
He has fond memories of going to his first Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class and having to roll with
someone much smaller and seemingly weaker than him. He thought “man, this guy is so much smaller
than me! I’m going to mess this guy up!” The instructor said “go!” and within 20 seconds Ryan was being
choked and arm locked over and over again. He tried using all his strength and speed in what turned out
to be a feeble attempt to “get” this smaller opponent, but to his surprise his opponent was able to
negate this pressure and strength with ease and comfort whilst smiling the whole time. After that first
class, Ryan was hooked.
After a year and a half of training and 4 competitions, for medical reasons, Ryan was forced to
stop training. After over 2 years of being off the mats, a move to Oregon, and trying out several other
Oregon academies; Ryan found the technical focus and practical self-defense he had been looking for at
Anibal Lobo Jiu-jitsu Academy where he is able to train regularly and pass his knowledge on to other
“I find it very rewarding to teach my peers and see their eyes light up with new techniques. To
watch them apply the techniques that I had direct influence in or having one of them come up to me
and say “ I really liked what you showed me, that move works really well for me…thank you!” is the
best feeling in the world.”