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Beatriz Mesquita (Gracie Humaita)

Beatriz Mesquita BJJ Heroes PageBeatriz Mesquita, also known as Bia Mesquita, is an exciting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under the legendary Leticia Ribeiro. Being pointed as the next big thing in women’s Jiu Jitsu when she was still a teenager, Beatriz Mesquita has cemented her status as one of the greatest grapplers of her generation by achieved numerous BJJ titles such as the World Nogi Championship and the Pan American title before even reaching her black belt status. Mesquita has also competed successfully in Wrestling and Judo as well as swimming.

Beatriz Mesquita Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Beatriz de Oliveira Mesquita

Nickname: Bia, which is a common short name for Beatriz.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie > Vini Aieta > Leticia Ribeiro > Beatriz Mesquita

Main Achievements:

  • 4x World Champion (2009 purple weight & absolute, 2008 purple, 2007 blue);
  • World Nogi Champion (2010);
  • 4x Pan American Champion (2011, 2009 purple, 2008 purple weight & absolute);
  • Brazilian Nogi Champion (2009);
  • 5x Brazilian National Champion (2008 purple weight & absolute, 2007 blue – junior, 2006 blue – junior weight WO & absolute);
  • 2x European Champion (2010 weight & absolute);
  • 3x Rio Open Champion (2008 purple weight & absolute, 2009, 2010);
  • World Nogi Silver Medallist (2010 absolute);
  • World Cup Pro Silver Medallist (2010);
  • 2x World Bronze Medallist (2010 weight & absolute);
  • Pan American Bronze Medallist (2011 absolute);
  • 2x European Bronze Medallist (2011 weight & absolute).

Weight Division: Peso Leve (64kg-141lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Guard

Team/Association: Gracie Humaita

Beatriz Mesquita Biography

Beatriz Mesquita was born in Brazil on the 7th of April 1991, starting Jiu Jitsu in 1996 together with her brother as a way to have an extra curricular sporting activity. Though Beatriz’s brother would abandon the sport a year later, the tenacious Bea persisted even as she moved with her family to the beach town of Saquarema (state of Rio de Janeiro). In Saquarema she started training under Coach Luis Fernando from the Vento Sul academy.

Her aptitude for the sport was evident from the get go, and she also enjoyed competing thoroughly, winning several podium spots from a young age. She won the title of Brazilian Junior Champion and her third State Championship by the age of 10.

When Beatriz Mesquita was 9 years old, she decided to also join Judo and seek a different thrill. She medalled in several different Judo competitions; though Bea decided to abandon the sport at age 12 by doctor’s recommendation because of consistent knee injuries. She went on to practice swimming and again managed to show her natural born athletic abilities, doing very well in competitions.

Seeing in young Beatriz an immense potential, her coach Luis Fernando proposed that she would go to Tijuca, in the capital of the state, Rio de Janeiro, in order to train with a legend of the sport, Mrs Leticia Ribeiro. With Leticia at the helm of her tuition Beatriz flourished into main stream Jiu Jitsu, due to the strong support of a big team such as Gracie Humaitá.

In 2006 she started training wrestling (free style) on time to win a junior state title in the sport. After that she abandoned both wrestling and swimming to dedicate her full attention to BJJ and her studies. She received her brown belt in June 2009 from Leticia Ribeiro while still on the podium of the “Mundial”. She would repeat the deed on March 2011 at the Pan American, this time receiving the much coveted black belt from the hands of her master Leticia Ribeiro.

Beatriz Mesquita vs Michelle Nicolini

Beatriz Mesquita vs Luisa Monteiro

Beatriz Mesquita vs Joaquina Bonfim

Beatriz Mesquita vs Patricia Lage

Beatriz Mesquita vs Sharol Siste

This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)

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