Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

BJJ Fighter Database

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fighter Wiki, All their history from their favorite techniques to the meaning behind their Portuguese nicknames as well as fight videos and techniques. Learn more about your favorite Jiu Jitsu figures on this section.

Max Gimenis is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Master Júlio César Pereira, being also one of GF Team’s top representatives in the super heavyweight division of the sport’s international circuit. A product of GFT’s incredible grappling program, Gimenis embodied the famous academy’s curriculum to perfection, by making pressure passing his strongest weapon. A style which he used to win important titles including at the World, Pan American and Brazilian National championships.

José Carlos Lima, also known as “Cocó” is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Master Júlio César Pereira, being also one of the top rooster weights of his generation in this sport. José Carlos Lima built his career in the lower belt divisions of jiu jitsu by conquering important titles such as the IBJJF World Championship and the UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro.

Cassio Francis, commonly known as “Cassão” is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Vinícius “Draculino” Magalhães, being one of the strongest heavyweight competitors produced by the famous Gracie Barra instructor. Francis is also a great example of a persevering mind: In 2011 Francis was told he would never be able to compete again due to a spinal injury. Overcoming the odds, Cassio returned to the sport two years later as strong as ever, regaining his spot as a contender in the heavyweight division.

Adilson Lima, commonly known as Adilson “Bitta” is a historic Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Carlos Rollyson and Carlos Gracie Junior. A historic figure in this martial art through his many competitive jiu jitsu achievements and his no-holds-barred (NHB/MMA) career, Master Bitta is also known for his work as a grappling coach, having developed well known black belts such as Delson Heleno, Dyego Turl, Vitor Oliveira and numerous others from his academy Clube de Jiu Jitsu Pitbull.

Fernanda Mazzelli is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Thiago de Oliveira being also one of the top figures in the sport’s medium heavy and heavyweight female divisions. A representative of the Striker Jiu Jitsu Academy, Mazzelli made a name for herself in the lower belt divisions by conquering 6 Brazilian national titles, going on to accomplish a stellar career as a black belt. Fernanda’s many talents went beyond the mats, particularly on to politics where Mazzelli was elected as a councilwoman for Guarapari’s town hall.

Tayane Porfirio is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Alexandre Paiva, being one of the main representatives of the Alliance Academy’s female team. Porfirio broke out into the international grappling scene in 2015 by winning the IBJJF Grand Slam (World, Pan American, European Open and Brazilian Nationals) in both her weight and the absolute division as a purple belt.

Rodrigo Feijão is a jiu jitsu black belt under Dedé Pederneiras, being also one of the main figures behind Nova União’s lightweight dream-team during the 2000’s decade. Feijão later became one of the top grappling coaches in Brazil by developing numerous talented athletes through his academy in the small municipality of Maringá, including Alex Sodré, Anderson Muniz and Daniel Dias.

Juarez Soares is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Marcos Siqueira, being the founder of the Araruama Jiu Jitsu Academy and the DDR Jiu Jitsu team, one of the most respected grappling squads in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Juarez Soares is also a respected jiu jitsu referee, having worked with important federations such as the FJJ-Rio, the CBJJ and the IBJJF.

Carlos Terrinha is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Vinícius “Draculino” Magalhães and an accomplished competitor with numerous medals at important tournaments such as the European Open, the Pan American Championship and the International Masters & Seniors. Terrinha is also known for his work as an IBJJF referee, being one of the most revered judges in the sport.

Ryan Gracie was a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Carlos Gracie Junior, and one of the main representatives of the Gracie family in both sport jiu jitsu and no-holds-barred/mixed martial arts during the 1990s and 2000s decades, having also been an important catalyst in the expansion of jiu jitsu in to the São Paulo region of Brazil, where he developed a highly successful team. One of the most bipolar figures in jiu jitsu’s history, Ryan was known as much for his fights on the ring as he was for his street altercations and run-ins with the law, which ultimately led to his death on December 2007.

Miguel Ángel Alderete is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Eduardo “Dudu” Duarte and a representative of the Nova União academy in the sport’s heavyweight division. Alderete also the first Argentinian athlete to ever medal at the Brazilian National Championship (Brasileiro CBJJ) in the adult black belt division.

Deborah Gracie Stambowsky is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Márcio Stambowsky, being one of only two women in the Gracie family to have reached the rank of black belt (the other being Kyra Gracie). Deborah Gracie Stambowsky is also known for her work towards the development of jiu jitsu in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where she has formed a successful a team of female competitors through the country’s school program.

Igor Schneider, commonly known as “Tigrão” is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Cicero Costha and a representative of the New School Brotherhood academy in the sport’s international circuit. Regarded as a hot prospect since he was a juvenile blue belt, Schneider cemented that claim by earning important medals across all belt levels, including a world title and numerous Brazilian National gold medals.

Luciana Dias, commonly known as “Luka” Dias is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Wellington “Megaton” Dias and Royler Gracie. A true pioneer for women’s jiu jitsu as well as one of the most accomplished female competitors of all time, Luka holds numerous titles at the highest level and 3 wins over the iconic 7 time world champion Gabrielle Garcia, two of which by submission. Dias is also the wife of the aforementioned and legendary BJJ competitor Wellington Dias and stepmother to black belt world champion Mackenzie Dern.

Rafael Mansur is an accomplished Brazilian jiu jitsu athlete, and black belt under Pedro Mello, also revered as one of the most talented representatives of the New School Brotherhood academy. Virtually unknown to the sport’s mainstream media until reaching the black belt division, Mansur turned heads his way with amazing performances and wins over household names such as Herbert Burns and Gianni Grippo, while earning podium spots at tournaments such as the Brazilian No-Gi Championship and the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam.

Jhonny Loureiro is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Mário Reis, being also one of Alliance’s the top middleweight competitors. Jhonny achieved the rank of black belt in 2015 after a rampant brown belt campaign where he won 32 gold medals in the Brazilian and international grappling circuits, including Brazilian National, South American and Grapplers Quest titles as well as a World No-Gi Silver medal.

Dany Gerard is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Mike Fowler, being also the first high level submission grappler ever produced by Tahiti. …

Antônio Marcos Santana, commonly known as Marcos “Ratinho” is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Ricardo Vieira and Fabricio “Bicudo” Medeiros. An accomplished athlete with important wins in jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts (MMA) – under ONE FC’s promotion, Ratinho is also a true jiu jitsu globetrotter, having trained and coached in places such Brazil, Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Singapore.

Francisco Iturralde, commonly known as “Sinistro” is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Fernando “Soluço” Di Piero of the Alliance academy, being the first big name to come out of Ecuador in this sport. A 2x World Champion in the juvenile division, Sinistro was quick to make his mark in grappling, later cementing his status as the top talent in South America’s west coast with medals at the Pan American Championships, European Open and countless others.

Gordon Ryan is a New Jersey (USA) born grappler, known particularly in jiu jitsu’s no-gi and submission only circuit where he has beaten big names such as Gabriel Arges, Enrico Cocco and Nathan Orchard. A submission orientated competitor and one of the leading jiu jitsu figures of his generation, Gordon cemented his name as one of the top brown belts on the planet in 2015 by winning the Newaza Challenge and No-Gi World Championship, which led to his black belt promotion under Garry Tonon – this way becoming Tonon’s first ever student to achieve the rank.

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