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Babalu’s Iron Gym

Updated November 19, 2020

Proclamation presented March 28, 2019 to Babalu’s Iron Gym at Cerritos City Council Chambers.

Professor Renato “Babalu” Sobral, a third degree black belt in jiu-jitsu and black belt in muay thai, was a student under Carlos Gracie, Jr. of the famous Gracie Family from Brazil, who started the Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Sobral also was a student under Marco Ruas, another Brazilian mixed martial artist. Sobral is originally from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and is a retired mixed martial artist and Strike Force Light Heavyweight Champion. He actively teaches various martial arts, such as jiu-jitsu, wrestling and muay thai.

In 2008, Sobral opened his martial arts school in Cerritos because of its convenient location and growing number of students in the area. Babalu’s Iron Gym offers classes in jiu-jitsu (kids, adult beginner, and adult advance), muay thai (kids and adults), conditioning and the newly introduced capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. Sobral made it his goal to reach each and every student and teach them the importance of learning a martial art in order to improve their daily lives.

Babalu’s Iron Gym teaches students self-confidence, discipline, responsibility, respect and personal growth. Students form lasting relationships with other students as they learn martial arts in a fun, safe and supportive environment. Babalu’s Iron Gym also offers fitness conditioning for all ages, bully prevention workshops and women’s self-defense courses.

Babalu’s Iron Gym is located at 19127 Pioneer Boulevard in Cerritos. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Babalu’s Iron Gym is also open Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. The phone number is (562) 467-0600 and the website is


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