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Augusto Mendes “Tanquinho”

Augusto Mendes, also known as Tanquinho within the Jiu Jitsu community, is a Black belt under the legendary Master of BJJ, Mr Francisco Mansur. Tanquinho is also one of the most recognized referees in BJJ and an amazing professor of the sport, being one of the head instructors at the Soul Fighters camp. In 2011 he started raising some heads his way after a successful weight drop to featherweight (was a lightweight previously) where he competed and defeated some of the biggest names in Jiu Jitsu.

Augusto Mendes Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Augusto Lopes Mendes

Nickname: Tanquinho means “little tank” a name that came after Augusto started “going through” everyone in training. His older brother which started training a year earlier already had the name “Tanque”, so Augusto as the youngest and smallest got “Tanquinho”.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansur > Augusto Mendes

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2013)
  • World No Gi Champion (2012)
  • World Pro Jiu Jitsu Cup Champion (2011, 2013)
  • South American Champion (2010 weight & absolute)
  • US Champion (2012)
  • US Open Champion (2010, 2012 weight and absolute)
  • Brazilian National Teams Champion (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Copa Podio Superfight Winner (2013 couples challenge)
  • World Expo Superfight Winner (2014)
  • Fight Blok Pro Invitational Superfight Winner (2014)
  • Rio State Champion – FJJDRio (2008, 2010)
  • Rio Open Champion (2009, 2010)
  • Las Vegas Open Champion (2012)
  • World Pro Trials Champion (2011 Lisbon, 2013 NYC weight & absolute light)
  • Boston Open 2nd Place (2012)
  • European  Open 2nd Place (2013)
  • NYC  Open 2nd Place (2010)
  • Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2009, 2011, 2013)
  • Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (2005, 2008, 2010, 2011)
  • US Open 3rd Place (2008 weight & absolute)

Weight Category: Peso Leve (Lightweight) 75kg – 167lbs

Favourite Position/Technique: Doesn’t have one, loves every aspect of the game

Team/Association: Soul Fighters

Augusto “Tanquinho” Biography

Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes was born March 3, 1983 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began training jiu jitsu in 1997 after his brother Bruno, who had already begun training, encouraged Tanquinho to join him. After being talked into it, he started his jiu jitsu career in Kioto gym in Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro. Just a few classes in, Tanquinho had become completely hooked.

During this time his training was under professors Alvaro and Krauss Mansor, under the supervision of master Francisco Mansor. Just 4 months into training, Tanquinho fought the Rio State Championships and took the bronze medal. It was on this day that Tanquinho found his passion for training and especially for competition.

He began competing at any opportunity, taking second in the Brazilian Championships that same year and winning countless smaller tournaments. By 14 years old Tanquinho was living jiu jitsu and training three times a day.

What was to put him ahead in the gym and in competition came with the invitation to begin teaching at the Kioto gym in 1999. He began his career as a trainer and instructor, always under the close watch of Alvaro and Krauss Mansor, as well as Marcos Carvalho. Carvalho was a major influence during this time, teaching Tanquinho how to teach and correcting any errors.

In 2000 Tanquinho took home his first world title as a blue belt juvenille. In five tough matches he secured his hold on the gold medal and became Kioto’s first world champion. His passion for jiu jitsu was so great at this point that he took every penny he earned teaching class and put it toward a degree in physical education. At the University Estacio de Sá, Tanquinho dedicated himself fully to learn and improve his knowledge about training and teaching.

The Mundial in 2002 meant another world title for Tanquinho, this time after six matches at purple belt featherweight. Moving on in stellar fashion, he took silver in the 2003 Mundial as a brown belt. Despite impressive results in major tournaments, Tanquinho had to lighten up on training in order to finish his degree in Physical Education.

Tanquinho recieved his black belt in December 2004 under 9th degree black belt master Francisco Mansor. He found himself juggling studies with serious training until he finished his degree and becoming a trainer in 2006.

In June 2005, Tanquinho left Kioto gym because of differing ideas for the direction of the gym. With his brother Bruno Mendes, also a black belt at this point, the two left and founded Renovacao BJJ.

It was a difficult time for the brothers, who found that trying to start and run a gym by themselves left little time for the two to focus on their own training. In 2007 Tanquinho began to cross train with his friends Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Leandro “Tatu” Escobar, who had also found themselves without many students to push them. The two joined Tanquinho and Bruno Mendes, along with master Alvaro Mansor, to form the association Soul Fighters in January 2008.

After the founding of Soul Fighters, the structure created a system that allowed Tanquinho to have a tight group of talented training partners. Tanquinho continued evolving winning the Rio Open as a black belt and the Brazilian Team Championships twice–where he competed under GFTeam.

Today Soul Fighters is growing daily, with over 1000 students spanning 20 affiliate schools in Brazil and three internationally (Malaga, Spain; Bucareste, Romania; Tokyo, Japan). The team training has reached a point that approximately 10 black belts, 10 brown belts, and 10 purple belts can be found on the mats pushing training.

Tanquinho is the head instuctor at Tijuca Tenis Club, the legendary location of the Mundial before it moved to the United States. He is in charge of approximately 80 students between the ages of 4 and 60 years old.

Tanquinho is also a renowned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu referee certified by the CBJJ and one of the Federations main referees.

In January 2010, Augusto Tanquinho booked his place in the World Pro Cup (in Abu Dhabi) by winning the Portuguese trials in Lisbon, making a total of 47 points on his way to the podim (in 3 fights!). The first fight he was winning by 15×0 before submitting his opponent with an armbar, the second fight he scored  14×0 before submitting with a choke from the mount, and his final he beat his oponent by 18×0.

Banner photo by: Ross Finlayson

Augusto Mendes Grappling Record

    20 (48%)
    6 (14%)
    9 (21%)
    2 (5%)
    2 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    3 (7%)


Cross choke
Choke from back
Arm in Ezekiel
Toe hold
    6 (35%)
    5 (29%)
    4 (24%)
    2 (12%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Mata leao
Heel hook

Augusto Mendes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1191Reinaldo RibeiroReinaldo RibeiroLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2006
1498Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2007
1647Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoLPointsWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2008
1940Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLArmbarPan American76KGSF2009
1964Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2009
2163Lucas LepriLucas LepriLMata leaoNo Gi Worlds76KGF2010
2232Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2010
2372Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGSF2011
2617Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2011
2709Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLHeel hookADCC77KG1/4F2011
2825Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvNo Gi Worlds76KGF2011
3494Tanner RiceLPts: 4x0Pro League82KG1/4F2012
3643Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsArizona OpenABSF2013
3687Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 2x0European Open70KGF2013
3771Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPointsPan American70KGSF2013
4140Justin RaderJustin RaderLReferee DecisionADCC66KGRD12013
6635Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLReferee DecisionADCC66KGSF2015
2100UnknownWArmbarWPC Lx Trials74KG1/4F2010
2101UnknownWCross chokeWPC Lx Trials74KGSF2010
2102UnknownWPts: 18x0WPC Lx Trials74KGF2010
2162JT TorresJT TorresWPointsNo Gi Worlds76KGSF2010
2318Davi RamosDavi RamosWDQSouth American76KGSF2010
2319Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 0x0, AdvSouth American76KGF2010
2320Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2010
2322Mario ReisMario ReisWDQSouth AmericanABSF2010
2323Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesWPts: 9x0Team Nationals68KGF2010
2368Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 4x0Pan American76KGRD12011
2370Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWDQPan American76KG1/4F2011
2390Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 4x2World Pro.65KGRD12011
2393Ryan HallRyan HallWPts: 3x2World Pro.65KGRD12011
2394Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesWAdvWorld Pro.65KG1/4F2011
2398Eduardo RamosWAdvWorld Pro.65KGSF2011
2399Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.65KGF2011
2489Ryan HallRyan HallWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2575Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPenWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2011
2605Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGSF2011
2676Wagner RochaWFootlockADCC77KGRD12011
2794Thomas MichaelWArmbarNo Gi Worlds76KG1/4F2011
2813Della MonicaWPts: 5x0No Gi Worlds76KGSF2011
3059Rodrigo FariasWArm in EzekielAmerican Nat.76KGF2012
3513Steve RosenburgWEzekielLas Vegas Open76KGSF2012
3514Della MonicaWAdvLas Vegas Open76KGF2012
3557Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
3558JT TorresJT TorresWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
3685Ed RamosWN/AEuropean Open70KGSF2013
3717Renan BorgesWArmbarNYC World Trials74KGSF2013
3718Marcel GonclavesWPointsNYC World Trials74KGF2013
3764Spenser GuilliamWPts: 15x0Pan American70KGRD12013
3768Isaque OliveiraWPointsPan American70KG1/4F2013
3860Michel MaiaWPts: 2x0World Pro70KGSF2013
3864Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x0World Pro70KGF2013
3973Eduardo RamosWPointsWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2013
3977Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGSF2013
3978Rafael MendesRafael MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2013
5066Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionWorld ExpoABSSPF2014
5267Rafael DomingosWPts: 2x0Fight Blok Pro79KGSPF2014
6626Nicholas RenierWPts: 3x0ADCC66KGRD12015
6631Eddie CummingsWPenADCC66KG1/4F2015
6636Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWToe holdADCC66KG3RD2015

Augusto Tanquinho vs Rafael Mendes



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