Adam Shahir Kayoom is a BJJ black belt under American Top Team’s founder, Ricardo Liborio. He is also a true mixed martial artist in all senses of the word, as he has competed in MMA events and he has trained a variety of martial arts throughout is life, such as: Muai Thai (in which he was world champion), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kalis Illustrisimo,”Traditional” Jiu-Jitsu (Yagyu Shingan Ryu), Hapkido, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do (black belt) and Karate (also holding the rank of black belt).
Adam Shahir Kayoom in Detail
Full name: Adam Shahir Abdul Kayoom
Main Titles (BJJ):
- Cyclone Cup Champion – Niteroy (2000 purple);
- South Brazilian Champion (1999 purple);
- 5x New South Wales State Champion (2003, 2002, 2001 – purple; 1997, 1996 – blue);
- 2x Australian National Champion (1997, 1996 blue);
- South Brazilian Silver Medallist (2000 purple)
Weight Division: Peso Medio (82kg-181lbs)
Favourite Position: Knee Ride
Adam Shahir Kayoom Biography
Adam Kayoom was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malasya, on the 22nd of October, 1977. He came with his family to Sydney – Australia when he was 9 years old and there he settled his roots. Being a martial arts enthusiast, he practiced them diligently from an early age, and it wasn’t until he was 18 years old that he found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The reason behind his interest in ground work was simply because he was involved in a street fight that ended on the ground where his technical knowledge was deemed useless. He was mounted by his attacker and ended up being saved by his brother; he immediately started looking for something that provided an option for him when on the soil. The solution presented itself in the form of a tape which had the video of UFC II with Royce Gracie in it.
As BJJ was not an option in those days in Australia, Adam travelled all the way to the source of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, in Brazil, having Fernando Paradeda as his very first instructor in Porto Alegre – State of Rio Grande do Sul. He travelled to the South of Brazil for years, training and competing there as often as he could receiving his blue and purple belts from two legends of the sport, Walter Mattos and Ze Mario Sperry.
He continued his BJJ training where he could while competing also in Muay Thai (Thai boxing) earning the WPMF world title in the striking style. He also trained with Bruno Panno at Gracie Humaita – Sidney, who awarded Adam his brown belt. In 2009 he was awarded his black belt by Ricardo Liborio – leader and founder of American Top.
Writer’s Note: A big thank you to Tony Gurnick and Infinite MMA, one of Astralia’s prime MMA websites, for all the valuable information and for being the bridge between BJJ Heroes and Adam Kayoom for this article.
Official Website Adam Kayoom Team Website: www.thailandbjj.com
Adam Kayoom vs Takashi Ouichi
Adam Kayoom’s Gym