Alvaro Romano has spent more than 20 years developing and training a natural style that is practiced by many world-class fighters and athletes, including BJJ world champions, the Ribeiro brothers Saulo & Xande, and ADCC champion Rani Yahya, who dramatically tapped out Leonard Vieira in 2007.
Ginastica Natural, Alvaro Romano
The founder of Ginastica Natural, a Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Rickson Gracie, Professor Alvaro Romano, talks about his life‟s work, the Gracie legend Rolls Gracie and the growing mass appeal of Ginastica Natural in the U.S.
BJJ Legends: We've heard many top fighters and athletes practice Ginastica Natural, including the soccer player Ronaldo.
Alvaro: Yes, I helped Ronaldo with the problem in his knees for the World Cup 2002. In fact, he was playing in Italy, and many of his team in Italy came to Brazil to experience this type of physical therapy. Ginastica Natural is very good [because while one practices GN,] it is hard to hurt one's self since you use only your body weight, which is the optimal amount of weight you should use. There are many different types of training that I have developed for fighters, for kids, and for the businessmen.