Jiu-Jitsu entered Renato's life at a young age; his father, Carlos Magno, used to train with the Gracie family. Renato soon started participating in tournaments - the first medal he ever won was gold at the age of 13. Judo, which he practiced at the time, ended up being sacrificed for this new passion. His development as an athlete was influenced by Masters Gastão Gracie Jr., Carlos Gracie Jr., and by the Machado Brothers. It was the Machados who convinced Renato Magno to move from Brazil to United States - where he arrived in 1991 - as an instructor at their Machado academies. In 1998 Renato opened his own academy, Street Sports Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, located in Santa Monica, where he has students ranging in age 8 to 65.