A BJJ black belt out of Encinitas, Ryan Robinson has always been a thrill seeker with a blue-collar attitude. He grew up surfing and doing sports like motocross. Then about 12 years ago he found jiu-jitsu and hasn’t looked back since.
Now this coming weekend, Robinson will represent Gracie Barra Encinitas when he steps onto the mats opposite Rafael Dallinha in a 185 lbs. gi match at Fight 2 Win 95. Dallinha is an opponent he knows well, having trained with him in the past. Ryan expects it to be a challenging match against someone that he’s known for a long time. With the skill level of both guys, it should definitely be a good one.
Fight 2 Win 95 – Ryan Robinson (GB Encinitas)
Thanks for talking to us Ryan. Tell the fans a little bit about yourself.
I’m from Encinitas. Grew up surfing and doing motocross. My family come from lineage of home builders from Ca and Hawaii. I’m a general contractor/ home builder in local communities.
I started Jiu-Jitsu back in 2005/2006 in Hawaii when I was building homes on Oahu. My brothers are black belt and Brown belt under Kai Garcia also known as Kaiborg. My brother has the gym known as the boars best which is the RVCA house at Velzy land. My brothers Leif And Scotty have been a huge influence in my journey. Jiu-Jitsu has grown me as person and helped dealt with day to day difficulties. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it.
I now train at Gracie Barra Encinitas under Master Nelson Monteiro and Rafael Ramos. I’m a 1st degree black belt under them. My biggest influence from BJJ is my team in general I take part of Everton I’ve trained with and incorporated it into my game.
What’s lie like outside of the gym?
When I’m not training. I’m framing houses or spending time with my wife and kids.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve had to face?
My biggest obstacle has been injuries to my back due to bulged discs back at purple belt. Very painful and slow healing really hindered training for years.
What’s your biggest motivation in the sport?
My biggest motivation in BJJ is to become better than I was yesterday and ultimately become a world champion.
What about the rest of life?
My biggest inspiration is my kids and my wife. I love them dearly and to make everyone apart of my journey proud of me and carry on the torch.
How would you describe your jiujitsu to somebody that’s never seen you compete before?
My Jiu-Jitsu for someone that has not witnessed me compete is very entertaining and always a scrap, but I do like to have a frenetic pace with various array of techniques. I keep it play-full.
Your opponent at F2W 95, Rafael, you’ve trained together right? What are you expecting in the match?
Rafael has always been a constant figure in the local community. I have a huge respect for what he has done for me and bjj. He and I have trained together in the past, but he’s coached me in past tournaments. I think he’s amazing on the mats and it’s a huge privilege to share the stage with him.
How have you prepared for this? Any predictions?
I’ve prepared myself for a technical match against a ninja but I plan on pushing the pace.
What’s next for you?
Just keep being consistent and win more battles.
Any last words for the fans or anything else before F2W95?
F2W has been a huge influence for BJJ and giving back to the community all we as fighters can do is give back to keep this great organization rolling. 🤙🏽