BIOGRAPHY AND TRAINING HISTORY
PAULO FERNANDO AUGUSTO
Beginning in Judo
Paulo Augusto was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1970. When he was only five years old Paulo saw a judo class at the YMCA and asked his mom to sign him up. Soon Paulo’s older brother, Carlos, and sister, Valeria, were practicing Judo as well. Paulo, the youngest of the three, loved going to judo classes and has never stopped.
Training with Yamasaki
As his judo talents became apparent, Paulo was fortunate to have the privilege of training under the world famous Shigueto Yamasaki. Yamasaki is a true judo Master and International Referee, credited with developing many National and International judo champions including Paulo Augusto. Mr. Yamasaki was a Riuzo Ogawa student (The founder of Judo in Brazil in 1934) and has refereed numerous judo tournaments, 6 world Judo championships and 4 Olympic Games.
Success in Judo
By the age of 17, Paulo had already won an impressive amount of local, State, National and International judo tournaments. These accomplishments were recognized by the Paulista Judo Federation in 1988 when Paulo was awarded his black belt in Judo. The higher degrees quickly followed with his 2nd degree in 1992, his 3rd degree in 1998 and his 4th degree from USJF (The most respected USA Judo Federation) in 2004. In 2003 Paulo won two gold medals in the Pan American Masters Judo Championship (Arizona, USA).
Jiu-Jitsu Becomes New Passion
In 1986 Master Yamasaki’s nephew, Fernando Yamasaki, introduced Paulo to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to further advance his judo skills. It was no surprise when Paulo immediately showed talent in this sport as well. He began studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Otavio de Almeida Jr. (current President of the Federacao Paulista De Jiu-Jitsu). Mr. Almeida Jr. is the son of Otavio de Almeida Sr. (One of the pioneer BJJ teachers in Sao Paulo, Brazil).
Success in Jiu-Jitsu
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