Who’s Professor Lucio“Lagarto”?

Lucio Furtado Rodrigues, also known as "Lagarto," is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Carlos Gracie Junior.



The beginning

Born in Brazil, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Lucio started getting interested in Jiu-Jitsu as most of his friends practiced the sport. He started taking classes when he was 13 years old with Professor Carlos Augusto (who is a black belt under Reyson Gracie). After becoming a blue belt he then switched camps to the Gracie Barra HQ, where he trained under the guidance of the son of the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Master Carlos Gracie Junior.


The trajectory

In 2004, his first year as a black belt, "Lagarto" was the first gold medalist in his weight division and in the absolute of the IBJJF European Championship, becoming part of the history of one of the greatest Jiu-Jitsu championships.


In October 2007, he discovered a cancer on his lymphatic system, and Lucio had to undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment, where he was forbidden to train by his doctor. After 1 month of treatment, he returned to the mats and started training again. Even during his chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment Lucio competed in the Rio de Janeiro State Championship and the Jordan Capital Challenge, being champion in both.

In 2011 Professor Lagarto won the Europeans once again and also medaled gold at UAEJJF World Pro.


In 2015, Lagarto had what was considered one of the best fights in the history of the championship, the professor overcame a triangle, very well fitted finishing his opponent with a back choke in the semifinals and followed to beat Rafael Lovato by points in the final, winning his sixth IBJJF European gold medal.


In 2017, after winning silver at the Europeans, he announced he was retiring from the sports competition to focus on the development of his students and of Jiu-Jitsu in Europe.


In 2018 Lucio came back to the competitions one last time to fight the UAEJJF World Pro, winning a silver medal on that year.


Today

After being invited by Carlos Gracie Jr. to move to Portugal in 2004, so he could help Gracie Barra in the development of Jiu-Jitsu in Europe, Lagarto moved to England, where he is currently the Head Instructor and owner at Gracie Barra Fulham and Gracie Barra West Kensington.