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Luiz Guilherme, commonly known as ‘Guigo’ by most people within the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community, is a black belt under Jorge Pereira who himself was a well respected student of Rickson Gracie. Guigo was regarded as one of the top ultra heavyweights of his generation, having conquered a world title in 1997. Since then, Guigo has become a well respected coach at his gym, the Equipe Guigo Jiu Jitsu in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Luiz ‘Guigo’ Guilherme Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Luiz Guilherme de Jesus

Nickname: “Guigo” is a childhood name that is short for Guilherme.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Jorge Pereira > Luis Guilherme

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (1997)
  • Pan American Champion (1998 – weight and absolute – closed the bracket with Saulo Ribeiro)
  • Brazilian National Champion (1995, 1996 – weight and absolute, 1998, 1999 – weight and absolute, 2002)
  • Sao Paulo State Champion “Paulista” (1996, 1998, 1999 – weight and absolute, 2002)
  • Rio de Janeiro State Champion “Carioca” (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997)
  • World Silver Medallist (2002)

Weight Division: Pesadissimo – Super Super Heavyweight (over 221lbs)

Team/Association: Guigo Jiu Jitsu

Luiz Guilherme Biography

Luiz Guilherme was born on the 2nd of October, 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started training jiu jitsu as a 6 year old child, with his master Jorge Pereira, a student of the legendary Rickson Gracie. He graduated as a black belt in 1997 when he was 22 years old after many years competing successfully in the lower belt divisions.

In 1996 he took the opportunity to come to Sao Paulo and teach in the State Capital. “Guigo” already taught as an assistant at his coach’ gym, but this was his opportunity to shine on his own, and shine he did as both a competitor and a coach.

His highest moment as a competitor was probably the 1997 “Mundials” final against Artur Ignarra from Nova Uniao, a fight he won to achieve the greatest medal possible in BJJ, the World Gold Medal. Today Guigo has awarded several black belts himself, and runs a successful ever growing team with over 10 affiliates.

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