Page 1 of 2 12 Last
  1. #1
    Michael Tzadok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Jerusalem
    Posts
    2,592
    Style
    Pramek/Sambo/BJJ
    9

    Romolo Barros Silva Brazilian Freestyle Jiu-Jitsu (BFJJ)

    Romolo Barros Silva founded and runs Brazilian Freestyle Jiu-Jitsu(BFJJ) in Hawaii. His schools meets for different classes in three different locations including the University of Hawaii


    Mr. Silva also has multiple convictions for sexual offenses


    The blacked out bits in this next one are the names of the survivors of Mr. Silva's assaults. I was asked not to divulge their names to the public as they are trying to move on with their lives and should have to suffer no more harm, physical, mental or emotional due to the actions of this man.




    Investigation into this one continues. However, I believe that the public, especially those considering attending classes with Mr. Silva, should be aware. As more publicly consumable information becomes available it will be published here as timely as possible.
    Don't rely on theory if your life is at stake.

    "But now that you've anointed him as truthsayer, you'll be complicit with what happens when the next Jew comes here and is lambasted by an ultrasecular Rabbi" -W.Rabbit/Pship/Emily Dickinson/Earth Dragon/Self Proclaimed Editor Extraordinaire

  2. #2
    BKR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Bonners Ferry, Idaho
    Posts
    20,361
    Style
    Kodokan Judo/BJJ
    6
    I found his info on the Hawaiian court system online yesterday, however, I cannot find the case in question anymore.

    He does have an extensive traffic infraction history, including a DUI that got dismissed because the officer was not available, apparently.
    Falling for Judo since 1980

    "You are wrong. Why? Because you move like a pregnant yak and talk like a spazzing 'I train UFC' noob." -DCS

    "The best part of getting you worked up is your backpack full of irony and lies." -It Is Fake

    "Banning BKR is like kicking a Quokka. It's foolishness of the first order." - Raycetpfl

  3. #3
    ChenPengFi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Hawai'i
    Posts
    7,765
    Style
    Hung Gar, Choy Lay Fut
    4
    Thanks for posting this.
    Hadn't heard about this at all.

  4. #4
    W. Rabbit's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Ripton, MA
    Posts
    13,179
    Style
    Mixed
    1
    https://www.bjjee.com/bjj-news/rener...nders-rickson/

    – Romolo Barros Silva, a black belt under Rickson Gracie, who was arrested and charged with sexual assault on three women in Maui.

    Once the evidence first came out to the general public, the JJGF reacted (too late) by adopting a zero tolerance policy on sexual misconduct. Any individual(s) known to the JJGF of having documented convictions of sexual misconduct were subsequently notified that their membership with the JJGF was being immediately terminated.

    Rener Gracie, grandson of Helio Gracie and nephew of Rickson, made a statement in this video addressing the situation since he actually knew two of those three men:

    Information surfaced about three jiu-jitsu blackbelts who own schools, actual businesses but these guys have prior sexual assault convictions to their names… David Arnebeck, Scott Naugle and Romolo Barros. It’s crazy because I’ve met two of these three men in my jiu-jitsu life, and what’s crazy is on the surface there are very good people and you would never assume anything, but the concern is that as owners of a business that puts them not only in very close proximity to people and children but also in a situation where I know what high regard jiu-jitsu students place on their instructors in and I know how they idolize them and I know how they admire and appreciate them so much and that you know we’ll call it idolization of jiu jitsu instructors creates a very dangerous environment where these crimes can be recommitted by people especially if they display that type of behavior.

    So it’s very concerning that people with sexual assault convictions are interacting with the public in this manner and unfortunately jiujitsu is an unregulated industry right so anyone can open up a school and start teaching unlike other industries where someone with a prior criminal record cannot engage in that industry.

    This is not the case in martial arts and I think a lot of general public people don’t know that but it’s very unfortunate and it’s very concerning for situations like these and what we do as an organization is we do thorough background checks on every instructor who comes through the organization. We’ve been doing it for 10 years now certifying over 500 instructors 150 locations worldwide and we do background checks and many people have been denied instructorship opportunities because of this but that’s only for the schools that we oversee and it really boils down to the each individual organizations of jiujitsu to you know impose these mandates.
    Last edited by W. Rabbit; 2/06/2018 1:43pm at .

  5. #5
    W. Rabbit's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Ripton, MA
    Posts
    13,179
    Style
    Mixed
    Related, based on the front page story...probably deserves its own MABS thread.

    BJJ Black Belt Scott Naugle Arrested For Failing To Register As Sex Offender

    https://www.bjjee.com/articles/bjj-b...-sex-offender/

  6. #6
    Michael Tzadok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Jerusalem
    Posts
    2,592
    Style
    Pramek/Sambo/BJJ
    2
    Quote Originally Posted by W. Rabbit View Post
    https://www.bjjee.com/bjj-news/rener...nders-rickson/

    – Romolo Barros Silva, a black belt under Rickson Gracie, who was arrested and charged with sexual assault on three women in Maui.
    Glad someone from the Gracie camp has finally made some sort of statement. Took them long enough. What everyone has so far failed to answer is how the timeline works out on Naugle.

    Quote Originally Posted by W. Rabbit View Post
    Related, based on the front page story...probably deserves its own MABS thread.

    BJJ Black Belt Scott Naugle Arrested For Failing To Register As Sex Offender

    https://www.bjjee.com/articles/bjj-b...-sex-offender/
    It already has one. We were pretty much the first people to run the story of the arrest. The Naugle thread is a lot more fleshed out. Including an as yet unanswered question about the timeline regarding his getting a black belt. See it there:
    https://www.bullshido.net/forums/sho...d.php?t=127533

    EDIT:
    Actually the unanswered question regarding Naugle timeline is found here:
    https://www.bullshido.net/forums/sho...d.php?t=127526. Post number 19 in that thread.
    Last edited by Michael Tzadok; 2/06/2018 3:36pm at .
    Don't rely on theory if your life is at stake.

    "But now that you've anointed him as truthsayer, you'll be complicit with what happens when the next Jew comes here and is lambasted by an ultrasecular Rabbi" -W.Rabbit/Pship/Emily Dickinson/Earth Dragon/Self Proclaimed Editor Extraordinaire

  7. #7
    Michael Tzadok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Jerusalem
    Posts
    2,592
    Style
    Pramek/Sambo/BJJ
    2
    So apparently this guy is still a part of the Rickson/Sauer affiliation. Here are a couple of links talking about it.

    https://www.bjjee.com/articles/pedro...romolo-barros/

    https://www.bjjee.com/articles/forme...romolo-barros/

    There appears to be some confusion on whether this guy was actually convicted or not, or if he plead down or whatever. BJJEE and some of the people bringing this up there, are claiming there was an actual conviction. I don't know, and the CPF has disappeared so no Hawaiian to check.

    However, what does not seem to be in question is Rickson and Pedro's ongoing support for the man.
    Don't rely on theory if your life is at stake.

    "But now that you've anointed him as truthsayer, you'll be complicit with what happens when the next Jew comes here and is lambasted by an ultrasecular Rabbi" -W.Rabbit/Pship/Emily Dickinson/Earth Dragon/Self Proclaimed Editor Extraordinaire

  8. #8
    Michael Tzadok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Jerusalem
    Posts
    2,592
    Style
    Pramek/Sambo/BJJ
    Pedron Sauer released this statement via his Facebook page regarding the inclusion of Silva in his training camp:
    As both a Father and a highly respected jiu-jitsu Master, Pedro Sauer firmly believes in and actively promotes women’s rights, including the right to be free from unwanted sexual advances. Everyone who knows him or ever has trained with him knows that he has zero tolerance for this type of misconduct, whether in his personal life, his school, or his Association.

    In response to Romolo Barros visiting his current training camp in Brazil:

    Master Pedro Sauer has known Romolo Barros for 40 years, and has always found him to be a good person. After looking further into the issues, Master Sauer understands that Romolo was convicted on several misdemeanor assault charges in Hawaii. Master Sauer does not condone this behavior, and he sincerely hopes that Romolo has learned from the mistakes of his past. Master Sauer has never seen Romolo exhibit sexually predatory behavior toward any individual.

    As an instructor and head of a world-wide jiu-jitsu association, Master Pedro Sauer’s primary concern is always the health and welfare of his students. He ensures that his training environments are safe and led by qualified, respected instructors, and he will continue to do so. Master Sauer has spent his life promoting the art and vision of Grandmaster Helios Gracie, and he will continue to travel and teach to spread the benefits of jiu-jitsu and a safe, healthy, and respectful lifestyle throughout the world.
    https://www.facebook.com/PSBJJA/?hc_...0TwSBA&fref=nf

    He later also added this statement:
    We have received a number of messages over the last few days regarding the Romolo Barros incident, some of which have expressed continued concern and confusion. We are sorry for the confusion and concern that this incident has caused, and we are sorry that Mr. Barros was allowed to participate at the Camp. This was a mistake and he will not be permitted to participate in future Association activities.

    We also apologize to anyone who has been upset by this incident. As previously stated, Master Sauer's primary concern is always the welfare and safety of his students and this will continue to be the case. We hope that all of our students will continue to feel safe and supported, and that they will always speak out about any training issues which may be of concern to them.

    Thank you again to everyone who has contacted us regarding this matter. It is important for all of our members and students to provide feedback on issues that concern them. A mistake was made, rest assured that we will do our absolute best to not let it happen again.
    Don't rely on theory if your life is at stake.

    "But now that you've anointed him as truthsayer, you'll be complicit with what happens when the next Jew comes here and is lambasted by an ultrasecular Rabbi" -W.Rabbit/Pship/Emily Dickinson/Earth Dragon/Self Proclaimed Editor Extraordinaire

  9. #9
    Raycetpfl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Tampa Fl
    Posts
    6,801
    Style
    Gracie Jiu Jitsu
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Tzadok View Post
    Pedron Sauer released this statement via his Facebook page regarding the inclusion of Silva in his training camp:

    https://www.facebook.com/PSBJJA/?hc_...0TwSBA&fref=nf

    He later also added this statement:
    So here's the inside scoop on the water cooler talk from old school GJJ Americans.

    Dudes a fucking creep and he did it..... allegedly. It should have been a felony from the story I heard.....allegedly.

  10. #10
    BKR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Bonners Ferry, Idaho
    Posts
    20,361
    Style
    Kodokan Judo/BJJ
    Quote Originally Posted by Raycetpfl View Post
    So here's the inside scoop on the water cooler talk from old school GJJ Americans.

    Dudes a fucking creep and he did it..... allegedly. It should have been a felony from the story I heard.....allegedly.
    Plea bargains happen, and if the victim(s) went along with it, entirely plausible.
    Falling for Judo since 1980

    "You are wrong. Why? Because you move like a pregnant yak and talk like a spazzing 'I train UFC' noob." -DCS

    "The best part of getting you worked up is your backpack full of irony and lies." -It Is Fake

    "Banning BKR is like kicking a Quokka. It's foolishness of the first order." - Raycetpfl

Page 1 of 2 12 Last

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Log in