Vitor Ribeiro is a former Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion and one of the best grapplers to have fought in Mixed Martial Arts. Ribeiro (also known as “Shaolin”) has fought most of his MMA and BJJ career carrying the Nova Uniao team flag, a team that has brought to light some of the best Jiu Jitsu stylists in MMA such as Marlon Sandro, BJ Penn, Thales Leite and UFC star José Aldo. Shaolin has fought in prestigious MMA organizations such as Strikeforce , Dream, K-1, Shooto and Cage Rage.
Vitor Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Vitor Ribeiro
Nickname: Shaolin came up when Vitor started training BJJ, he used to stay in the Lotus Flower position pretending to meditate like a Buddhist monk, just goofing around with his fellow training partners. As a joke the guys started calling him Shaolin. The name stuck to him and still stands to this date.
Main Achievements (BJJ/Grappling):
- 4x World Jiu Jitsu Champion (1996 purple, 1999, 2000, 2001 black);
- Silver World Medalist (1998 black);
- 2x Brazilian National Champion (1x brown);
- 3rd Place in ADCC (2003)
Favourite Technique: In Sport Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Shaolin used preferably the half-guard using several trademark moves (like the “porco” sweep), in MMA his most common technique is the arm triangle.
Weight Division: Fought in Middleweight, Lightweight and Featherweight but mainly in Lightweight (leve) and Featherweight (pena).
Team/Association: Nova Uniao
Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro’s Biography
Vitor Ribeiro was born in February 24, 1979 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and started his BJJ career when he was 14. He decided to join a gym after he had a fight with another kid at school who did “Luta Livre” (A Brazilian style of Wrestling which incorporates submission holds). He was badly beaten and enrolled in the famous André Pederneiras school called Nova Uniao just a few weeks after the incident.
Straight away his talent rose above in the competition and he won the World championships just 3 years later as a 17 year old, and placed 2nd in both the Pan Ams and the Nationals. He was still in his teens and fighting in the adult division. By the time he was 18 he reached his Black Belt in what was a record breaking achievement at the time. He went on to prove his mentor (Pederneiras) right by achieving glory on the Brazilian Nationals on the following year and placing 2nd in the Pan Ams.
His fighting career went on to shine in the lightweight division with three consecutive wins at the World Championships in 1999, 2000 and 2001. After the Mundial (World Championships) of 2001 Shaolin decided to move to MMA and display his ground magic on the cages and rings around the world, and he has been very successful at it, with amazing fights such as his bouts against Kawajiri, his Shooto Title win over Joaquin Hansen or his other MMA title won against Jean Silve (displayed bellow).
For his MMA career he developed his wrestling skills with Darryl Gholar a very accomplished American Wrestler who has lived in Brazil for several years, were he teaches MMA fighters the sport.
Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro BJJ Mundial Record in Finals
Year – Weight – Div – Belt – Against – Result
2001 – Lightweight – Black – Fernando Augusto – Win
2000 – Lightweight – Black – Marcio Feitosa – Win
1999 – Featherweight – Black – Marcio Feitosa – Win
1997 – Featherweight – Black – Royler Gracie – Loss
1996 – Featherweight – Purple – Antonio Neto – Win
Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro vs Bruno Fernandes