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Koji Shibamoto is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo black belt who is regarded as one of the top grapplers in jiu jitsu’s rooster weight division. A former competitor for the Tokai University judo team, who also represented Japan at international judo tournaments, Koji Shibamoto turned his focus to BJJ in the mid 2000’s where, under the instruction of Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa, he became one of the most acknowledged Japanese fighters of his generation.

Koji Shibamoto Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Koji Shibamoto

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva > Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa > Koji Shibamoto

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2010 brown)
  • European Open Champion (2012 black)
  • Rickson Gracie Cup Champion (2011 black)
  • Tokyo International Open Champion (2010 brown)
  • All Japan Champion

Favourite Position/Technique: Bow & Arrow Choke

Weight Division: Peso Galo (57kg/126lbs)

Team/Association: Tri-Force

Koji Shibamoto Biography

Koji Shibamoto was born on August 23, 1980 in the Aichi Prefecture, Japan. He started practicing martial arts from a young age, being Judo his main sporting activity, where he became a Japan representative at an international level and one of Tokai University’s most prominent judo standouts. After graduating from university in Physical Education, Shibamoto spent some time working at a sports club and lost some of the focus in Judo. He decided he needed a new challenge in life, and in 2004 started looking for jiu jitsu academies where he could get the best instruction.

After seeing an instructional DVD by Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa, teaching his jiu jitsu techniques, Koji Shibamoto was truly impressed and chose to learn under Hayakawa, signing up for the Tri-Force gym. One year later, Shibamoto was already proving that he was a gifted athlete by winning the All Japan tournament in the blue belt division.

With time, Koji Shibamoto decided that jiu jitsu was his true calling and quit work to dedicate his full attention to jiu jitsu. His perseverance and work ethics paid off in a big way when, in 2010 Shibamoto won the World Jiu Jitsu Championship in the brown belt division, receiving shortly after the tournament (on the 19th of June, 2010) his well deserved black belt by the hands of his instructor Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa, an achievement he accomplished with little over 5 and ½ years of BJJ training.

Koji Shibamoto Grappling Record

15 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    7 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (40%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
50
3
#86e620
Bow and arrow
17
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
1
#d1212a
Footlock
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (33%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
50
2
#86e620
Triangle
50
2
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Koji Shibamoto Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2924Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGRDS2011
3457Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasLAdvPan American57KGSF2012
3811Felipe CostaFelipe CostaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.57KG1/4F2012
4039Daniel BelezaDaniel BelezaLPts: 6x0IBJJF Pro League70KG1/4F2012
4280Brandon MullinsBrandon MullinsLTriangleEuropean Open57KGF2013
4367Fabbio PassosLPointsPan American64KG1/4F2013
4581Ivaniel OliveiraIvaniel OliveiraLPts: 6x2World Champ.57KG1/4F2013
5026Caio TerraCaio TerraLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean57KGF2014
5105Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaLChoke from backPan American57KGSF2014
5489Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 25x4World Champ.57KG1/4F2014
5824Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 14x2IBJJF Pro League70KGSF2014
6204Nicolas GaillardLTriangleEuropean57KGSF2015
6457Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLPts: 3x2Pan American57KGSF2015
7043Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 6x2World Champ.57KG1/4F2015
8445Caio TerraCaio TerraLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open57KGSF2016
8737Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American57KGSF2016
9397Caio TerraCaio TerraLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.57KG1/4F2016
9938Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 2x2, AdvAsian Open57KGF2016
2923Todd KalaniWPointsWorld Champ.57KGRDS2011
3391M.TodokoroWPointsEuropean Open57KGF2012
3454Felipe CostaFelipe CostaWN/APan American57KG1/4F2012
3806Luiz TheodoroWN/AWorld Champ.57KGR22012
5102William HaggertyWArmbarPan American57KG1/4F2014
5483Washington LimaWFootlockWorld Champ.57KGRDS2014
5488Tayo ShiotoWPts: 2x0World Champ.57KGRDS2014
5896Masaaki TodokoroWChoke from backAsian Open57KGF2014
6201Takahito YoshiokaWPts: 2x0European57KG1/4F2015
6453Jorge NakamuraWBow and arrowPan American57KG1/4F2015
7654Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 2x2, AdvAsian Open57KGF2015
8444Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWReferee DecisionEuropean Open57KGSF2016
9394Gabriel RosenbergWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGR12016
9930UnknownWChoke from backAll Japan57KGSF2016
9931Masaaki TodokoroWPts: 8x0All Japan57KGF2016

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One Comment

  • I trained with Shimbamoto when in Tokyo on holiday and was very impressed. He treated me just like one of his other students and after two training sessions I was sad to leave. I still remember him stretching for the next class and giving me a big smile and wave goodbye. I hope to train under him again for a full week at the end of this year.

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