Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

Claudio Calasans

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

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Sergio Lisboa > Erivaldo Junior > Claudio Calasans

Main Achievements/Record:

  • 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, 2014)
  • 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/Academia Calasans Camargo

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 Fight Stats

1 by sub
9 by Points (32%)
6 by Advantages (21%)
1 by Penalties (4%)
11 by Submission (39%)
0 by Decision (0%)
1 by Disqualified (4%)
3 by Armbar (27%)
2 by Choke (18%)
1 by Guillotine (9%)
1 by Heel hook (9%)
Heel hook
1 by Kneebar (9%)
1 by Shoulder lock (9%)
Shoulder lock
1 by Submission (9%)
1 by Wristlock (9%)
5 by Points (50%)
1 by Advantages (10%)
1 by Penalties (10%)
3 by Submission (30%)
0 by Decision (0%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Armbar (33%)
1 by Cross choke (33%)
Cross choke
1 by Guillotine (33%)

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
678Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2009
735Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.U82kgFinal2010
783Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 4x2World Pro.Absolute1/4 final2011
807Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22011
991Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLAdvWJJPC TrialsU82kgFinal2011
1054Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 3x0ADCCU77Semi Finals2011
1062Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCCU773 & 4 Place2011
1568Octavio SousaLPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.U82kgFinal2012
1686Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x0European OpenAbsoluteSemi f.2013
1904Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 4x2World Champ.U82kgFinal2013
685Jose CarlosWPointsWPC SD trialsU83kgSemi f.2010
686Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWGuillotineWPC SD trialsU83kgFinal2010
714Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPts: 2x2, PenWorld Pro.U83kgFinal2010
754Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 4x4, AdvEuropeanAbsoluteSemi f.2011
755Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 4x4, AdvEuropeanAbsoluteFinal2011
757Bruno AlvesBruno AlvesWChokeEuropeanU82kgFinal2011
773Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWAdvWorld Pro.U83kgSemi f.2011
774Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesWPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Pro.U83kgFinal2011
798Tetsuya KondoWChokeWorld Champ.Absolute1st2011
871UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.U82kg2nd2011
1005Daniel StraussWKneebarADCCU77kg1st2011
1037Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWHeel hookADCCU771/4 Finals2011
1260Francisco TorresWPointsPan AmericanU82kgRd 22012
1266Thiago BaianoWArmbarPan AmericanU82kg1/4 final2012
1269Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanU82kgSemi f.2012
1270Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.U82kgSemi f.2012
1335DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWArmbarWorld Pro.U82kgRd 22012
1342Marcos de SouzaWPointsWorld Pro.U82kg1/4 final2012
1344Bruno AlvesBruno AlvesWArmbarWorld Pro.U82kgSemi f.2012
1345Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 2x0World Pro.U82kgFinal2012
1550Rodrigo SousaWShoulder lockWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22012
1560Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieWWristlockWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22012
1565Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWPts: 4x2World Champ.U82kg1/4 final2012
1682Leonardo MacielWPts: 2x0European OpenAbsolute1/4 final2013
1692Fernando TerereFernando TerereWDQEuropean OpenU82kgFinal2013
1900Tio ChicoWPts: 2x0World Champ.U82kg1/4 Final2013
1903Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 8x4World Champ.U82kgSemi Final2013
1958JT TorresJT TorresWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropeanU82kgFinal2014

Banner picture taken by Ross Finlayson.

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