Rodrigo Junqueira is the head instructor and academy owner from São Paulo, Brazil. He moved to the Pittsburgh area in 2004 and opened Team Junqueira Academy. He was awarded his black belt from Paulão Rezende in 2009. Rodrigo has built a large team over the years, and has coached students in the World Championships and Pan American Championships. Rodrigo strives to bring the best of Brazil to the Pittsburgh area through high level technical training.

Rodrigo is currently a second degree black belt and teaches the fundamentals and advanced classes.