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João Gabriel Rocha is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), a belt he earned training under the instruction of Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Leandro Escobar. Before earning his black belt (on January 2013), João Gabriel Rocha was regarded as one of the top brown belts in the world, having won every important competition on the BJJ calendar. He has since become one of the top contenders of the super heavyweight black belt division, with medals at the world’s top tournaments.

João Gabriel Rocha Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: João Gabriel de Oliveira e Silva Rocha

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie >Carlson Gracie > Crézio de Souza > André Almeida > Rafael Barbosa/Leandro Escobar > João Gabriel Rocha

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2012 brown belt weight & absolute, 2011 brown, 2008 junior blue)
  • Pan American Champion (2012 brown)
  • South American Champion (2011 brown)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2013 black, 2012 brown 2011 brown weight & absolute, 2010 purple/2009 purple, 2008 junior blue)
  • ADCC Silver Medallist (2013)
  • World silver medallist (2015, 2012 black, 2009 purple, 2008 junior blue absolute)
  • World No Gi Silver Medal (2010 brown)
  • Brazilian National Silver Medal (2012 brown)

Favourite Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Super Pesado (up to 100kg/221lbs)

Team/Association: Soul Fighters

João Gabriel Rocha Biography

João Gabriel Rocha was born on the 11th of July, 1991 in Jacarepaguá, though he moved as an infant to the Tijuca burg in Rio de Janeiro. João Gabriel started training as a toddler, more precisely, when he was two years and 8 months old. His Jiu Jitsu initiation came through a Summer camp for toddlers which included Jiu Jitsu in its activities, the instructor was none other then the man who would become responsible for the refereeing of the IBJJF (Jiu Jitsu’s most important governing body), Mr Alvaro Mansur. At the time, João Gabriel’s parents noticed that young Rocha enjoyed BJJ so they enrolled him in an academy where he could train regularly.

Training Jiu Jitsu seemed to be João Gabriel’s calling, and he never stopped practicing BJJ since the beginning. João earned all his junior belts training with Marcos Carvalho, and from the green belt onward  his tuition was handed to Leandro Escobar and Rafael Barbosa. With the support of his family João Gabriel Rocha managed to leave his university studies midway to dedicate himself fully to competition, reaping the benefits of that choice with consecutive wins at the world’s biggest competitions.

At the start of 2013 João Gabriel had the opportunity to compete in the Copa Podio, a professional BJJ event which starred the top talent in Jiu Jitsu’s heavyweight division. Competing as a brown belt (one of the two brown belts carefully selected to be part of the tournament), João Gabriel won two of his 5 fights, proving that he belonged in the black belt circuit. As a result, João Rocha was handed his black belt on that same day, the 13th of January.

Early in 2014 João Gabriel Rocha was diagnosed with cancer and had to stay away from competitions while recovering from his illness. He returned to training on November of that year, set to make a comeback to the sport.

Joao Rocha Grappling Record

44 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
35
7
#86e620
RNC
20
4
#5AD3D1
Submission
15
3
#d1212a
Footlock
10
2
#fad11b
Armbar
5
1
#f58822
Choke
5
1
#224aba
Palm to palm
5
1
#ff9124
Kimura
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
19 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (11%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Heel Hook
60
3
#86e620
Armbar
40
2
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4253Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4256Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4487Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4574Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4635Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4746Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
4865Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4873Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS1/4F2013
6570Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2015
6809T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
6847Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7154Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7525Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7526Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7618Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
8900Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2016
9547Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9657Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10095Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
4250Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4255Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4301Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4464Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4563Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4569Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4632Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2013
4634Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4742Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4745R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
4852Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
4859Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG1/4F2013
4862Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4868David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5022Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5023Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6564Gustavo Elias DiasGustavo Elias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6620Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG1/4F2015
6621Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6622R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
6902UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG1/4F2015
6903Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
6905Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7149Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2015
7153Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7519Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7522Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG1/4F2015
7611AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7615Vagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS1/4F2015
7616Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
8887Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPalm to palmPan AmericanABSR22016
8891Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS1/8F2016
9543Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2016
9544Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2016
9592Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS1/4F2016
9594Aaron JhonsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
9607Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
9653Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS1/4F2016
10094Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG1/4F2016
10195Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10196Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10239James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
10492Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
10493Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016

(banner picture taken by: William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix)

João Gabriel vs Thiago Silva WJJPC Rio Qualifier 2011

João Gabriel vs Antonio Borges

João Gabriel Rocha Highlight

 

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