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Born in Manaus, Brazil, Omar Salum is a former 2x world jiu jitsu champion and the man that first held the record for consecutive world titles in the rooster weight division, a record he kept for over 10 years. A student of the legendary Royler Gracie at the Gracie Humaita camp, Omar Salum first started at the Associação Monteiro, though since then he has formed his own team, the Cia Athletica that runs from his native state of Amazonas.

Omar Salum Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Omar Salum

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie > Omar Salum

Main Achievements:

  • 4x World Champion (1997 purple belt, 1998 brown belt, 1999 and 2000 black belt);
  • International Master and Senior (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009);
  • 2x Pan American Champion (1997 purple belt, 1999 brown belt);
  • Brazilian National Champion (1996 purple belt);
  • World Cup Champion (2009 – CBJJE);

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

Team/Association: Cia Athletica

Omar Salum Biography

Omar Salum was born in Belém, state of Pará – Brazil though he moved to Manaus at an early age. His first contact with jiu jitsu came on September, 1993 through two childhood friends, Luis Neto and Kleber Gadelha, who were BJJ blue belts at the Monteiro Academy.

The way jiu jitsu presented itself to Omar was through a backyard “challenges” that these two friends used to have on the weekends. On one of these backyard brawl type events, Omar Salum (who was in his mid teens) was paired up with a small 12 year old boy, Salum expected to smash the young kid, but instead he was submitted quickly, this left him so infuriated that he asked to go again against the kid and was submitted again with the same position (mata leão). He found out on that day that the 12 year old was a BJJ orange belt. This event changed Omar Salum’s life and he decided to dedicate his full attention to jiu jitsu.

He signed up to a jiu jitsu academy close to his house, but didn’t stay for long as he didn’t agree with the methodology of the coach. His friends Kleber Gadelha and Luis Neto invited Omar Salum to come and train at their gym (Associação Monteiro) and so he did. On the 4th of February 1994, Omar Salum had his first training session ministered by Fábio Monteiro, also known as “Binho”.

Omar Salum started competing almost immediately. His first competition was the state championship in the mixed category of white and blue belts. Omar did very well winning 6 fights beating 4 purple belts in the process. After this amazing success, Salum was awarded his blue belt with just two months of training.

His path at blue belt and purple was very successful and Omar Salum won numerous events and medalled in important state competitions and even in the Brazilian nationals. In 1996 at the world championships, in the peak of his confidence, Omar suffered a heavy defeat, this was a life changing moment as Salum realized he needed to push further then he had to reach the top of the BJJ wall. As the Monteiro brothers were all former Royler Gracie students and Saulo and Xande Ribeiro were both former Monteiro students training at Gracie Humaita, Salum decided to move to Rio de Janeiro to train at the Gracie academy in Humaita, with his idol, Royler Gracie.

Under Royler Gracie’s tutelage, Salum’s career blossomed and reached an even higher level with wins at the Pan American Championships and the World Championships, which were recognized by reaching brown belt. After he reached his brown belt, Salum started his university studies at law school and had to stop competing as often as he had, fighting just in the top competitions such as the Mundial and the Pan American.

The black belt was awarded by Royler Gracie in 1999 and was followed by two world championships, one in 1999 and 2000, setting the record for consecutive titles in the rooster weight division. In 2001 Omar Salum suffered a severe knee injury that prevented him from fighting again on the rooster weight and possibly setting the record higher, still the record stood for 10 years in the world championship.

Omar Salum returned to competitions in 2005 competing mainly in the master division in national and international events. He also started the Cia Athletica academy.

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Omar Salum vs Orlando Junior

Omar Salum vs Sebastian Lalli

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