Rank: Black Belt First Degree under Vicente 'VC' Cavalcanti
Trains At: Head coach of Southside BJJ New Zealand in Auckland at The Combat Centre. Also trains with Professor Pedro at Tu Kaha Jiu Jitsu
"Jiu-jitsu is my life. I am passionate about training, competing and the lifestyle that comes with it but especially coaching, it's amazing to be able to affect and improve people's lives through the sport" - Renato Silva
Where it all began...
I started BJJ in 2004 in Brazil and my hometown team that was back in the day under TT Team (Teles and Terere Team) that later on became an affiliate of Alliance Jiu Jitsu team. In 2005 I got my blue belt but unfortunately had to stop training due studies and work. Got back into training around 2009 with no desire to ever stop again getting my purple belt in 2012. In 2014 just before moving to Australia I was awarded my brown belt. Once here I started training under my old friend Vicente Cavalcanti that I was honored to be promoted to one of his Black Belts in mid 2016. I've been coaching and training at Southside BJJ since then. In 2019 I decided to move to New Zealand to follow my journey and start Southside BJJ New Zealand to help spread the "gentle art" in Aotearoa.
"YOU CAN'T TEACH HEART inspires me to be a better person on and off the mats, doing your best with love and passion no matter what and never give up" - Renato Silva
Some Of Renato's Amazing Achievements...
2020 North Island Full Force sub only Gi champion
2019 NZ Nationals champion
2019 North Island Full Force Sub Only Nogi Champion
2019 Mana championship super-fight champion
3 x Queensland State - Champion
South Pacific - Champion
Pan Pacific - Champion
Pan Pacific - Silver & Bronze
Australian Nationals - Silver & Bronze
IBJJF Asian Open - Silver
2020 NZ National Black Belt Middle-Heavy & Absolute Champion