Felipe Costa is a BJJ World Champion and one of the top Roosterweights in Jiu Jitsu today, he became a sensation in the Jiu Jitsu realm after achieving his first gold medal at the World Championships, Felipe had never achieved a gold medal at a major competition before that date, this was the first time a competitor achieved the most coveted of medals at the black belt division without having previously established a name for himself. “Magrinho” is also the author of a successful series of online episodes called “Felipe 30+” which report his preparation for the World Championship after a serious injury.
Felipe Costa in Detail
Full Name: Felipe Costa e Silva
Nickname: “Magrinho” – not many people call him by this name, it means skinny guy and it started after Felipe won the World title in 2003 when the magazine NOCAUTE wrote on its covering of the event “Felipe Costa takes over Skinny’s throne.”
Main Achievements in BJJ – Black Belt:
- World Champion (2003 CBJJ);
- World Cup Champion (2006 CBJJO);
- European Champion (2008);
- Brazilian National Champion (2007);
- Rio de Janeiro State Champion; Masters International Champion (2010);
- 6x World Bronze Medallist (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010);
- 3x Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2004, 2008, 2010);
- Pan American Silver Medallist (2011);
- 2x Brazilian National Bronze Medallist (2005, 2009)
Weight Division: Peso Galo (Rooster Weight) 57.5kg – 126.5lbs.
Felipe Costa Biography
Felipe Costa was born in Rio de Janeiro on the 17th of September 1978. The fan of the Fluminense soccer team first started training Jiu Jitsu in 1991 for self defense purposes, but soon the sporting side got Felipe’s attention and dedication. Rodrigo Comprido was one of the first coaches of Mr Costa, an instructor that stood by him through the ranks, awarding him all his belts, including his black belt in 2002.
Felipe’s success in recent years came as a surprise to most in the BJJ community as no other competitor had ever won a World Championship in the black belt division, without having ever placed on a podium of a major competition prior to receiving his black belt. Felipe had competed before in the lower belt divisions, but had never won a major tournament (Mundials, Pan Ams, Europeans, etc).
In 2010 Felipe launched a series of online episodes called “Felipe 30+” in which he shows his path to the World Championships (the Mundial) after an injury which caused a prolonged absence from training. The episodes show a bit of how Felipe programs his recovery and follows the plan while showing a little of his private life, and had an amazing acceptance from the BJJ community (see the videos of episodes bellow).
After being interviewed for this article, Felipe said: “I would like to invite everyone to train BJJ in Rio de Janeiro, I have here the BJJ CAMP and the Brazilian Black Belt EXPERIENCE, it’s a program perfect for people interested in visiting Brazil for tourism and learn BJJ. Check out the info at www.BrazilianBlackBelt.com”. If you are thinking about going to Rio de Janeiro, this is an amazing opportunity to take for any BJJ’er of any caliber, from white to black belt.
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Felipe Costa 30+ All Videos
Felipe Costa 30+ Episode 1
Felipe Costa 30+ Episode 2
Felipe Costa 30+ Episode 3
Felipe Costa 30+ Episode 4
Felipe Costa 30+ Episode 5