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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
Armbar
17
1
#5AD3D1
Footlock
17
1
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (28%)
  • 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
2892Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGRDS2011
3418Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasLAdvPan American57KGSF2012
3772Felipe CostaFelipe CostaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.57KG1/4F2012
4000Daniel BelezaDaniel BelezaLPts: 6x0IBJJF Pro League70KG1/4F2012
4234Brandon MullinsBrandon MullinsLTriangleEuropean Open57KGF2013
4321Fabbio PassosLPointsPan American64KG1/4F2013
4535Ivaniel OliveiraIvaniel OliveiraLPts: 6x2World Champ.57KG1/4F2013
4978Caio TerraCaio TerraLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean57KGF2014
5057Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaLChoke from backPan American57KGSF2014
5437Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 25x4World Champ.57KG1/4F2014
5771Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 14x2IBJJF Pro League70KGSF2014
6130Nicolas GaillardLTriangleEuropean57KGSF2015
6383Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLPts: 3x2Pan American57KGSF2015
6961Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 6x2World Champ.57KG1/4F2015
8340Caio TerraCaio TerraLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open57KGSF2016
8629Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American57KGSF2016
9287Caio TerraCaio TerraLPointsWorld Champ.57KG1/4F2016
9811Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 2x2, AdvAsian Open57KGF2016
2891Todd KalaniWPointsWorld Champ.57KGRDS2011
3352M.TodokoroWPointsEuropean Open57KGF2012
3415Felipe CostaFelipe CostaWN/APan American57KG1/4F2012
3767Luiz TheodoroWN/AWorld Champ.57KGR22012
5054William HaggertyWArmbarPan American57KG1/4F2014
5431Washington LimaWFootlockWorld Champ.57KGRDS2014
5436Tayo ShiotoWPts: 2x0World Champ.57KGRDS2014
5837Masaaki TodokoroWChoke from backAsian Open57KGF2014
6127Takahito YoshiokaWPts: 2x0European57KG1/4F2015
6379Jorge NakamuraWBow and arrowPan American57KG1/4F2015
7563Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 2x2, AdvAsian Open57KGF2015
8339Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWReferee DecisionEuropean Open57KGSF2016
9284Gabriel RosenbergWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGR12016
9803UnknownWChoke from backAll Japan57KGSF2016
9804Masaaki TodokoroWPts: 8x0All Japan57KGF2016

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Koji Shibamoto vs Kazuyoshi Okamura

Koji Shibamoto vs Jordy Jean Peute

 

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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