Mateus Rodrigues was introduced to Jiu Jitsu at the age of 9 by his father Silvio Rodrigues who teaches in a social project in Curitiba, Brazil.
As a child Mateus started to compete in Brazil where he accumulated experiences and gold medals.
The first trip to USA was at 15 years old to compete at the Pan Kids tournament and it was then that Mateus stepped into Art of Jiu Jitsu academy for the first time. After that day, the goal was to move to USA and start training in a professional environment so he could take his Jiu Jitsu to the next level.
At the age of 16 Mateus was invited to join the Believe and Achieve Program and became a full time athlete at AOJ. Since then he has been collecting titles and winning double gold at every event as a blue belt.
In June of 2018 Mateus was awarded his purple belt by the hands of Professor Gui Mendes and since then has been training harder than ever to keep improving and get ready to become a multiple time black belt World champion.