Claudio Calasans is a Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, considered by many BJJ enthusiasts as one of the top grappling middleweights in the world. Claudio Calasans fights for the talented Atos Jiu Jitsu academy from Rio Claro, Brazil, being the training partner of stars such as Andre Galvao, Guilherme & Rafael Mendes as well as Bruno Frazatto.
Claudio Calasans Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Cláudio Calasans Camargo Junior
Nickname: he is often called “Juninho” which stands for little junior
- Pan American Champion (2011, 2o12 IBJJF);
- World Cup Champion – CBJJO (2006);
- World Champion – CBJJE (2008);
- 4x World Pro Cup Champion (2010 weight and absolute, 2011, 2012);
- European Champion (2011, 2013)
- South American Champion – CBJJE (2009);
- Desafio Black Belt Champion (2012);
- Brazilian ADCC Trials Champion 2011 (Grappling);
- 2nd Place in Brazilian ADCC Trials 2009 (Grappling);
- World Silver Medallist (2010)
- European Silver Medallist (2011 open weight)
Favourite Position/Technique: closed guard, toe hold, wrist lock.
Weight Division: “Leve” (167lbs) and “Medio” (181lbs).
Association/Team: Atos Jiu Jitsu
Claudio Calasans Biography
Claudio Calasans was born in 1984 in a town called São José dos Campos 100 Kilometres from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is the son of Judo personality Calasans Camargo, the youngest Brazilian Judoka to have ever received his coral belt (white and red – received when he was 38 years old), and his uncle (who is his father’s identical twin) is also a black belt in Judo.
Being part of a family with such a strong judo background, it was only natural that Claudio also picked up the Japanese martial art, and so, when Calasans Junior reached the age of 3, he began his tuition and family tradition. Being a strong Judo competitor since he was but a child, he felt the need to train some Jiu Jitsu when he reached 15 years of age in order to improve his Newaza (ground work), as chokes and armlocks are allowed in Judo from that age onwards. In the beginning he used his new found BJJ skills in Judo competitions, but slowly the Jiu Jitsu “bug” grew in him and he started practicing and competing mainly in the Brazilian Style.
His Jiu Jitsu tuition took place at a Sao Jose de Campos academy called “Liga Jiu Jitsu”, and he trained there from his Blue Belt to his Black Belt, a belt which was awarded to him in the end of 2006 by the hands of his long time master Erivaldo Junior.
Being a very strong competitor, Calasans also joined the Wrestling team in his gym, he was very successful at that discipline also, winning a spot with the Brazilian National Wrestling Team.
After receiving his black belt, Claudio’s dream of becoming a professional Jiu Jitsu fighter was getting faded as he was teaching classes at his gym and didn’t have time to train full time. when the Atos Jiu Jitsu team was formed by a good old friend of Calasans by the name of André Galvão (another big name in Jiu Jitsu), Claudio asked Galvão if he could be part of his team and was immediately accepted. So was forged a strong alliance with the team from Rio Claro, and Claudio now spends most of his time before big competitions preparing in the Southern Brazilian town.
Having fought most of his life as a lightweight, on the 2009 World Cup Claudio decided to try his luck at the absolute division. In order to do that he went through a rigorous weight lifting program, and that is the reason he now fights in middleweight. This new program almost bared fruits immediately as he got to the semi finals of the World Cup Open Weight Division, unfortunately on the other side of the bracket was a man by the name Roger Gracie, a man who many believe to be the best BJJ fighter to have ever competed. Claudio’s end was no different than the others who fought Roger that year as he was submitted from the mount.
In 2010 at the World Pro Cup in Abu Dhabi, came the prize Calasans so vehemently fought for, winning the competition in both the Middleweight and the Absolute divisions.
Claudio Calasans Grappling Record
Claudio Calasans grappling record fighting in major jiu jitsu competitions from the start of 2011.
|Tanquinho||W||Adv. (2×0)||Euro Open||Absolute||¼ Final||2011|
|Bernardo Faria||W||Points (4×2)||Euro Open||Absolute||Semi||2011|
|Sergio Moraes||L||Adv. (1×0)||Euro Open||Absolute||Final||2011|
|Victor Estima||W||Points (6×2)||Euro Open||Médio||Semi||2011|
|Bruno Alves||W||Back Choke||Euro Open||Médio||Final||2011|
|Clark Gracie||W||Points (2×0)||Pan American||Médio||Semi||2011|
|Lucas Leite||W||Wristlock||Pan American||Médio||Final||2011|
|Alan “Finfou”||W||Advantages||Word Pro Cup||U83kg||Semi||2011|
|Vinicius Corrales||W||Pt(6×6) Ad(2×0)||Word Pro Cup||U83kg||Final||2011|
|Cristiano “Titi”||W||n/a||ADCC Trials||Médio||Semi||2011|
|David Vieira Silva||W||n/a||ADCC Trials||Médio||Final||2011|
|Tetsuya Kondo||W||Choke||World Champ.||Absolute||Round 1||2011|
|Rodolfo Vieira||L||Armbar||World Champ.||Absolute||Round 2||2011|
|n/a||W||Submission||World Champ.||Médio||Round 1*||2011|
|Daniel Strauss||W||Knee Bar||ADCC Finals||U77kg||Round 1||2011|
|Tanquinho||W||Heel Hook||ADCC Finals||U77kg||¼ Finals||2011|
|Leo Vieira||L||Points (3×0)||ADCC Finals||U77kg||Semi||2011|
|Kron Gracie||L||Guillotine||ADCC Finals||U77kg||3/4 Place||2011|
|S. Jamaledine||W||Guillotine||Pan Am CBJJE||Absolute||Round 1||2011|
|Frederico Oliveira||W||Armbar||Pan Am CBJJE||Absolute||Round 2||2011|
|Jose Carlos||W||Armbar||Pan Am CBJJE||Absolute||¼ Final||2011|
|Alexandre Ceconi||W||Advantages||Pan Am CBJJE||Absolute||Semi||2011|
|Marcus Almeida||L||Points (9×5)||Pan Am CBJJE||Absolute||Final||2011|
|Francisco Torres||W||n/a||Pan American||Médio||Round||2012|
|Thiago “Baiano”||W||Armbar||Pan American||Médio||¼ Final||2012|
|Clark Gracie||W||Points (4×0)||Pan American||Médio||Semi||2012|
|Victor Estima||W||Points (4×2)||Pan American||Médio||Final||2012|
|DJ Jackson||W||Armbar||World Pro Cup||U82kg||Round||2012|
|Marcos de Souza||W||n/a||World Pro Cup||U82kg||¼ Final||2012|
|Bruno Alves||W||Armbar||World Pro Cup||U82kg||Semi||2012|
|Lucas Leite||W||Points (2×0)||World Pro Cup||U82kg||Final||2012|
|Rodrigo Sousa||W||Shoulder Lock||World Champ.||Médio||Rd 2||2012|
|Jake Mackenzie||W||Wristlock||World Champ||Médio||Rd 3||2012|
|Alan “Finfou”||W||Points (4×2)||World Champ||Médio||¼ Finals||2012|
|Victor Estima||W||Points (2×2, Adv)||World Champ||Médio||Semi||2012|
|Octavio Sousa||L||Points (6×6, Negative Pts 1×0)||World Champ||Médio||Final||2012|
|Mauricio da Silva||W||Points (14×0)||Desafio BB||Absolute||Rd 1||2012|
|Adriano Silva||W||Points (8×0)||Desafio BB||Absolute||¼ Finals||2012|
|“Big Mac”||W||Leg Lock||Desafio BB||Absolute||Semi||2012|
|Leo Nogueira||W||Points||Desafio BB||Absolute||Final||2012|
|Vitor Hugo||W||Guillotine||Mundial CBJJE||Absolute||¼ Finals||2012|
|Felippe Mattos||W||Points (4×0)||Mundial CBJJE||Absolute||Semi||2012|
|Renato Cardoso||W||Points (2×2, adv)||Mundial CBJJE||Absolute||Final||2012|
|Leonardo Maciel||W||Points (2×0)||European Open||Absolute||Rd 1||2013|
|DJ Jackson||W||Judge Decision||European Open||Absolute||¼ Finals||2013|
|Bernardo Faria||L||Points (4×0)||European Open||Absolute||Semi||2013|
|Mathias Ribeiro||W||Armbar||European Open||Médio||Semi||2013|
* Claudio Calasans injured himself and could not proceed on the tournament.
Claudio Calasans vs Mathias Ribeiro
Claudio Calasans vs Jose Carlos
Claudio Calasans vs Claudio Cardoso
Claudio Calasans vs Marius Linke
Claudio Calasans vs Vitor Estima