Roberto Atalla

is one of the finest Jiu Jitsu black belts teaching in Europe today. With a 5th degree black belt. This legendary BJJ instructor and former World Champion is one of the founders of the Rio Grappling Club, an academy that has been producing some of the best European grapplers for the past few years.

Rio Grappling Club

Full name: Roberto de Moraes Atalla

Nickname: “Risada” was a name given to him by Helio Moreira “Soneca” when he was still a white belt. The name stands for “laughter” or “Laughing” and Helio called him that because he thought Atalla was always laughing when training.


Mitsuyo Maeda | Carlos Gracie | Helio Gracie | Carlson Gracie | Sergio Souza | Roberto Atalla

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (1996 purple: weight and absolute, 1997 brown: weight)
  • European Champion (2007 black Master 1: weight)
  • World Silver Medallist (1999 black: weight)
  • Pan American Silver Medallist (2000, 1999 black: weight)
  • Brazilian National Silver Medallist (1999 – black belt)
  • Rio de Janeiro State Champion (1998 – brown belt)
  • British Grappling Champion (2003)
Roberto Atalla Team | Association: Rio Grappling Club.