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Victor Estima is a prolific Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt who has medalled in some of the world’s most important BJJ tournaments such as the World Championships, the European Open and the World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championships. A member of the Gracie Barra academy and a student of the ilustrious coach ‘Ze Radiola‘, is also revered for his technical contribution to the sport, having created a highly successful submission eloquently called “the Estima Lock“. Victor is brother younger of another highly regarded competitor named Braulio Estima.

Vitor Estima Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Victor de Oliveira Estima

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr.Carlos Gracie Junior > Victor Estima

Main Achievements:

  • Nogi World Champion (2011)
  • European Open Champion (2012)
  • World Silver Medallist (2003 blue, 2005 purple – absolute)
  • World Pro Cup Silver Medallist (2009)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2008, 2009, 2013, 2014)
  • European Bronze Medallist (2008 weight & absolute, 2011 black)

Favourite Technique/Position: Estima Lock, Inverted Triangle

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg-181lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra


Victor Estima Biography

Victor Estima was born in Recife, state of Pernambuco, Brazil on the 8th of January 1985. Though Vitor did not grow up being a sporty person, he did start training martial arts at a relatively young age, he was 8 years old when he joined his brother Braulio at his Judo club. This was relatively short lived and Victor would follow his older brother once again, this time to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at age 12, training under Charles dos Anjos.

At his BJJ academy, Victor Estima did not have any other 12 year old kids to train with, every training partner was an adult and so Victor started losing the will to train. He stopped for a couple of years but always followed and supported Braulio in his athletic endeavors. This close contact with the sport kept the Jiu Jitsu “bug” alive inside Victor and he returned after a sabbatical couple of years.

When Victor Estima returned to his old academy, Charles dos Anjos had left, and Zé “Radiola” was the man in charge. Under Radiola, Victor showed that he was as gifted as his brother, conquering several competitions in his home state (in fact it was said in his interview to:, that he never lost a fight in Pernambuco), fighting many times as an adult when he was still in his early teens.

Victor started travelling to England to be with his brother who had moved to the European country when he was a purple belt. Braulio was instrumental to Victor Estima’s technical growth and his approach to competition which led to his black belt (awarded in 2006).

After so many trips to England, Victor decided to settle in the United Kingdom where he partnered up with his brother at Gracie Barra Midlands. In The UK, Victor also worked with a few MMA fighters, helping their grappling development, fighters such as the famed Team Rough House crew.

In 2011 after an unexpected last minute call for the world’s biggest grappling show, the ADCC, Victor proved that he belonged among the best being named as one of the most exciting fighters in the tournament (though failing to medal). A little over a month after the famous competition, Victor tried his luck once again at a major Nogi (without the use of the kimono) Jiu Jitsu tournament, the World Nogi Championship, proving again to be one of the top middleweights in the world by winning the tournament.

Victor Estima Fight Stats

1 by sub
7 by Points (26%)
1 by Advantages (4%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
18 by Submission (67%)
1 by Decision (4%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Achilles lock (6%)
Achilles lock
3 by Armbar (17%)
1 by Bow and arrow (6%)
Bow and arrow
1 by Choke (6%)
1 by Cross choke (6%)
Cross choke
3 by Estima lock (17%)
Estima lock
1 by Ezekiel choke (6%)
Ezekiel choke
2 by Footlock (11%)
3 by Inverted triangle (17%)
Inverted triangle
2 by Triangle (11%)
10 by Points (58.82%)
1 by Advantages (6%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
5 by Submission (29.41%)
0 by Decision (0%)
1 by Disqualified (6%)
2 by Choke (40%)
2 by Choke from back (40%)
Choke from back
1 by Guillotine (20%)

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
987Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLChokeWorld Pro.Absolute1/4 final2009
993Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 2x0World Pro.U88kgFinal2009
1119Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChokeWorld Champ.U88kgSemi f.2009
1443Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 3x0World Champ.U82kg1/4 Final2011
1547Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLGuillotineADCCU771/4 Finals2011
1592Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPts: 2x0ADCCAbsolute1/4 Finals2011
1697Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backEuropean OpenAbsolute1/4 final2012
1731Kron GracieKron GracieLDQPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2012
1807Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanU82kgFinal2012
2131Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.U82kgSemi f.2012
2255Kron GracieKron GracieLPointsWorld ExpoAbsoluteSuperfight2013
2556Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 8x4World Champ.U82kgSemi f.2013
2741Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2014
2799Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x0Pan AmericanU82kgSemi f.2014
2927Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLChoke from backWorld Pro.Absolute1/4 final2014
2938Leandro LoLeandro LoLN/AWorld Pro.U82kgFinal2014
3071Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x2World Champ.U82kgSemi f.2014
1115Tony EduardoWArmbarWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2009
1369Ryan BeauregardRyan BeauregardWPointsWorld Champ.U82kg2nd2011
1383Roger RobertoWAchilles lockWorld Champ.U82kg3rd2011
1512Sanshiro NakamuraWPts: 2x0ADCCU77kgRd 12011
1587Joao AssisJoao AssisWPts: 2x0ADCCAbsolute1st2011
1634Gabriel RolloWEstima lockNo Gi WorldsU82kg1/4 final2011
1649Davi RamosDavi RamosWFootlockNo Gi WorldsU82kgSemi f.2011
1660Thiago BaianoWFootlockNo Gi WorldsU82kgFinal2011
1691Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWTriangleEuropean OpenU82kgFinal2012
1710Evan CatheyWCross chokePan AmericanAbsoluteRd 12012
1724Leonardo IturraldeWEstima lockPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 22012
1793Jeston PagesWChokePan AmericanU82kgRd 22012
1801Marcelo MafraWEzekiel chokePan AmericanU82kg1/4 final2012
1805Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 6x2Pan AmericanU82kgSemi f.2012
2116Alexandre SantosAlexandre SantosWBow and arrowWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22012
2126Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWArmbarWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22012
2129Diego BorgesWInverted triangleWorld Champ.U82kg1/4 final2012
2554Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0World Champ.U82kg1/4 Final2013
2675Osvaldo QueixinhoWPts: 8x2Pro LeagueU82kgSemi f.2013
2677Vitor HenriqueVitor HenriqueWInverted trianglePro LeagueU82kgFinal2013
2735Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWEstima lockPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 32014
2792Sergio SilvaWPts: 12x2Pan AmericanU82kgRd12014
2798Nic NikolaisenWInverted trianglePan AmericanU82kg1/4 final2014
3048Robson LimaWArmbarWorld Champ.U82kgRounds2014
3052Marcelo MafraWAdvWorld Champ.U82kgRounds2014
3065Mat JuberaWTriangleWorld Champ.U82kgRounds2014
3069CalasansWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U82kg1/4 Final2014

Photo on banner taken by Callum Medcraft of Jiu Jitsu Style Magazine.

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