Romulo swept through the city at 21, soaking up each new experience. He met his wife, Amanda, in the crowd at a North Beach bar, racked up an undefeated professional mixed martial arts record before retiring due to injury, and started his own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy and community. After a decade in San Francisco, this is the place that he loves and calls home.
As Romulo puts it, it’s a big city that’s also small. The diversity – of culture, food, art and music – makes it unique. In San Francisco, Romulo says, you can be dressed in sandals and a t-shirt and the guy next to you can be in a suit and tie; but when you go into a coffee shop, the person taking your order will treat you both equally. The way you dress or carry yourself doesn’t matter here. It’s a city that accepts you for who you are.
Like the city, Romulo is always innovating, renewing, and ever-evolving. From a young boy in Rio de Janeiro to an elite global competitor to an established and revered Jiu-Jitsu teacher in San Francisco, Romulo never stops recreating himself. True to his roots, he never fails to look back at the rich history of the city. From the Gold Rush to the Summer of Love to the tech boom, he reflects that every era shaped this beautiful and unique piece of the world into the place that he now calls home.
It's unique, it's a young city, and it's also always innovating, which makes San Francisco so special.