Octavio Couto Class 2014

 It was A great day of training and we at The Farm Brazilian Jiu Jitsu couldn’t ask for a better Instructor!! Thank you Professor Octavio Couto for coming out and teaching for us!

Octavio "Ratinho" Couto comes to The Farm Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to share his art!
Octavio “Ratinho” Couto comes to The Farm Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to share his art!

Octavio “Ratinho” Couto

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Otavio Couto

Professor Couto has coached all over the world. Most recently he coached Fabrico Werdum to 2009 ADCC championship and silver at the 2011 ADCC . Professor Couto Also coached and cornered Werdum in his historic victory over Fedor by triangle. Besides Renato “Babalu” Sobral, he has coached many other Strikeforce and UFC fighters.

Octavio Couto Ratinho Biography

Ratinho’s first contact with grappling came in high school in 1988. The school had a Judo curriculum led by Marcus Vinicius de Lucia to which Octavio signed up. There Mr de Lucia taught not only Judo, but also a lot of newaza (ground fighting). When the school reached it’s Summer Holiday period, Octavio sought out a gym to continue improving on his new found skill. As he prefered the ground fighting aspect of the fight he looked for a Jiu Jitsu place and found one, Romero Cavalcanti’s gym in Rio de Janeiro.

At Cavalcanti’s gym Ratinho he found a place to dedicate himself to Jiu Jitsu full time, he became almost obsessed with Jiu Jitsu, training day and night, staying in the dojo for all classes throughout the day (from morning to the evening). This dedication was rewarded by Cavalcanti as in 1989 he was already helping Mr Cavalcanti with his kids and begginers morning classes. This busy schedule would go one for the most part of the following 5 years.

While developing his Jiu Jitsu game, Ratinho also won agains quite a few big names of his time. The fight that brought him recognition in the BJJ circuit of the time was probably his win over Francisco Albuquerque (also known as Toco) in 1994 which won him an honorable mention as one of the BJJ best fights of that year in the media.

Although Octavio Couto’s competitive career seemed well underway for success, an unfortunate succession of events made Ratinho re-think his competitive schedule and focus on the more profitable avenue of teaching. His father had just passed away and his family needed an extra income, so the solution fount by Octavio was to found together with his training partner Vinicius Campelo another academy affiliated with the Alliance team, that was called Alliance Barra Academy (which today is called AKXE BJJ) that focussed mainly in teaching Airline staff.

The academy proved to be a success, and since the time the academy opened (in 1994) it has formed over 20 black belts. With the success of the academy, Ratinho and Vinicius Campelo started designing self defence courses for Airline crews and other companies, again, proving tremendous success with companies like Varig and TAM jumping on board. In 2007 Ratinho moved to the USA and ended the partnership with Vinicius, changing is position to a consultant of the academy rather then a full time instructor and partner.

Today Octavio Couto spends most of his time at his home school Octagon Mma in Dallas TX, However he works all over the world as a BJJ consultant to many academies helping fighters and everyday practitioners “tighten” up their game.

The Farm BJJ Renato Babalu Sobral Brazilian jiu jitsu team
Danny Richards Renato Babalu Sobral Chris Connell BJJ MMA Brazilian jiu Jitsu The Farm BJJ

Professors Danny Richards, Renalto “Babalu” Sobral and Chris Connell

Another Great Seminar has come and gone but keep in touch because The Farm Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is always working hard to bring nothing but the best competitors and instructors to the Northern Colorado, Southern Wyoming and Southern Nebraska areas!!

Renato da Cunha Sobral born September 7, 1975) also known as “Babalu”, is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist, and former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. Sobral previously fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he posted a 6–4 record and has also competed for BellatorRINGS,Jungle FightCage RageAffliction, and ONE FC. He is a Head Instructor of Babalu’s Iron Gym Cerritos and has a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr.

Renalto "Babalu" Sobral


Master Rafael Cordeiro

As always Master took time out of his tight schedule of UFC appearances and Training many High level athletes to come to The Farm BJJ to share all that Makes him an amazing coach! We will be looking forward to the next time you come out to train us master.


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