Roland "Rolo" Malone
Roland began training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu while stationed in Naval Hospital GTMO, Cuba in 1998. After a year of training he moved to San Diego, CA where trained under Carlos Valente. From Southern California he headed east to Naval Medical Center Bethesda, MD where he trained for 5 years before being stationed in Rota Spain in 2005. In 2006, Roland became a student and friend of Pedro Sauer, and is now part of the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Association. When he is not teaching Jiu-Jitsu, Roland is a healthcare professional in San Antonio, TX. Roland does seminars frequently throughout the U.S. at other affiliated academies. In addition to sport Jiu-Jitsu, Roland is highly skilled in applied Jiu-Jitsu self-defense for the street.
Retired Navy Corpsman
* 2006-Silver Medal 3rd European Championships IBJJF (Adult/Brown/Heavy)
* 2016- Silver Medal SBJJF World Championships SBJJF (Senior1/Black/Super Heavy)
M.S. Respiratory Care
B.S. Respiratory Care
Q&A Session Between Roland Malone and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ? MMA?
Answer: The ability use body mechanics against bigger, stronger, and tougher opponents with less effort.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: Master Sauer is an inspiration and the epitome of jiu-jitsu, he’s considered a “Gracie” without being a blood relative to the family. His many years and insight of jiu-jitsu emanates from his teachings and lectures given worldwide.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: The year almost done, so I plan to have my students prep for upcoming end of the year tournaments, the next 3 to 5 years I’d like to expand the school around the state.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: I have been training jiu-jitsu for 20 yrs.
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: I train 5-7 days a week.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: The advent of becoming a “We Defy” representative was a good addition to the academy, help fellow veterans to train in bjj.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: I like to do guard, I believe if you don’t do guard that you are just wrestling; chokes are my favorite from any position.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: A lot of commitment and heart.
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym? Do you have different items for specific days?
Answer: Extra GI’s, Fighting gloves, practice weapons, mouth piece, finger and wrist tape.