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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

38 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
39
7
#86e620
RNC
17
3
#5AD3D1
Footlock
11
2
#d1212a
Submission
11
2
#fad11b
Choke
6
1
#f58822
Palm to palm
6
1
#224aba
Kimura
6
1
#ff9124
Armbar
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (28%)
  • 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
4213Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4216Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4447Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4534Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4595Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4706Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
4823Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4831Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS1/4F2013
6502Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2015
6736T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
6774Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7078Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7440Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7441Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7533Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
8799Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2016
9443Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9553Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
4210Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4215Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4261Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4424Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4523Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4529Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4592Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2013
4594Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4702Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4705R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
4810Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
4817Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG1/4F2013
4820Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4826David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
4980Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
4981Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6496Gustavo Elias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6552Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG1/4F2015
6553Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6554R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
6826UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG1/4F2015
6827Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
6829Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7073Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2015
7077Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7434Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7437Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG1/4F2015
7526AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7530Vagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS1/4F2015
7531Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
8786Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPalm to palmPan AmericanABSR22016
8790Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS1/8F2016
9439Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2016
9440Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2016
9488Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS1/4F2016
9490Aaron JhonsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
9503Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
9549Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS1/4F2016

(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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