Roberto ‘Cyborg’ Abreu promises changes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


In an interview with The New York Times, Chaouat said she was sleeping at the Marrua Hotel when she woke up to find another fighter above her. According to the police report, read in The Times, Paulo Félix Figueiró, then 37, was arrested and charged with attempted rape. Hotel security footage showed Figueiró entering Chaouat’s room, but he denied assaulting her, police said. Contacted by The Times, Figueiró said he knew nothing about Fight Sports.

According to Chaouat, Abreu told her that because her attacker had not penetrated her “it did not matter”.

Abreu and Chaouat’s coach at the time, who operated the Fight Sports franchise in Casablanca, pressured her to drop the charges, Chaouat said, and feeling isolated in Brazil and fearing for her safety , she complied. Chaouat called Abreu “the greatest coward”, the one who protects the accused fighters who “attack without fear”.

A former member of the Fight Sports team who attended the camp confirmed in an interview that Chaouat told him about the incident and Abreu’s reaction at the time. The witness asked not to be identified in this article. After the release of a statement he made to Jassim in August, the witness said, Abreu’s father and two black belt jiu-jitsu fighters went to his mother’s home in Brazil in an apparent attempt. to silence him, warning him that he should “stay out of this.” “

Abreu said he “did not make such statements” to Chaouat in rejecting the attack and did not pressure her to drop the charges against Figueiró. Instead, Abreu said, he ordered Figueiró to leave the camp. “I respect all women and I do not tolerate sexual misconduct, which is why the person involved in her incident was kicked from the team,” Abreu said.

Abreu’s father, also named Roberto, went to the witness’s mother, Abreu said, to tell her to stop spreading “false information about Fight Sports and myself.”

In Abreu’s words, the values ​​of jiu-jitsu, as taught by him, transform lives “by helping my students develop self-confidence through discipline, respect, teamwork. and integrity ”. But it is also a sport in which black belt instructors are regularly called master and teacher, and according to Jassim, are considered “almost like demigods”. The close training of Jiu-jitsu also erases the physical border between the instructor and the student.

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