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.

Gabriel Marangoni is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Rafael Marangoni and a co-founder of the Marangoni Academy, one of the most successful grappling gyms in the state of São Paulo – Brazil. Gabriel is also one of the top featherweight competitors of his generation.

Sebastian Brosche is a Swedish born yoga enthusiast and a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Eduardo Rios, being also one of the top grappling competitors of his generation in the European jiu jitsu circuit. Brosche is well known for his website (Yoga for BJJ), a pioneering platform used by thousands of BJJ practitioners, which advocates yoga and its benefits for grapplers by displaying a series of programs specifically designed to help these practitioners.

Jose Carlos is a jiu jitsu black belt under Jair Lourenço and a member of the Kimura / Nova União (K/NU) academy, being the team’s settler in Scandinavia. From his K/NU gym in Gjøvik, Norway Jose Carlos developed some of the top European grappling competitors, including big names in the world IBJJF circuit such as Espen Mathiesen and Tommy Langaker.

Sergio Ardila-Ibarra is a former freestyle wrestler and jiu jitsu black belt who specialises in the no-gi facet of the sport. Born in Colombia, Ardila-Ibarra managed to achieve important titles in both wrestling and jiu jitsu by becoming an All American collegiate athlete and an IBJJF No-Gi World Champion while working full time as a lawyer.

Faustino Neto, commonly as Master Pina is a jiu jitsu black belt under Osvaldo Alves as well as the founder and head coach of the famous grappling academy Clube Pina de Jiu Jitsu. An academy from which Faustino Neto developed numerous high level athletes, including Bibiano Fernandes, Carlos Diego Ferreira, Rodrigo Pinheiro and Carlos Holanda to name a few.

Caio Almeida is a jiu jitsu black belt under Gabriel Vella, and a former student of illustrious coaches such as Rubens Charles (Cobrinha) and ‘Mestre Dan’, known also as the co-founder of the Almeida Jiu Jitsu academy.

Johnny Tama is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Juan Miguel Iturralde of the Alliance Academy, being also one of the first Ecuadorian athletes to break through as a high end competitor in this sport/martial art.

Alex Martins is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Junior Cardoso and a member of Faustino Pina’s association, while being also the founder of the AMBJJ team in the United States. Martins became one of the top competitors in the North American grappling circuit during the 2010’s, particularly in the Masters divisions.

Cleber Sousa Fernandes, commonly known as Clandestino is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Caio Almeida, and a representative of the Almeida JJ team in the sport’s best known competitions. From very humble beginnings, Cleber managed to become one of the top grapplers of his generation.

Charles Negromonte is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Zé Radiola, and a member of Roger Gracie’s RGA association. One of the most successful competitors in Europe’s grappling circuit, Charles Negromonte has conquered medals in important international events in the IBJJF, CBJJ and UAEJJF federations.

Masahiro Iwasaki is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Marco Barbosa (former student of Yasuhiro Miyamoto) as well as one of the top Japanese grappling competitors of his generation; known also as a member of the prestigious Tokyo based academy Carpe Diem.

Eliot Marshall is a former professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and jiu jitsu black belt, as well as a former contender in The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and the UFC. Marshall was also the first American to conquer IBJJF Pan American titles in the blue, purple and brown belt divisions having worked as an instructor at the Easton Training Centre.

Vinicius Garcia is a jiu jitsu black belt under Rodrigo Castro, being also one of the most accomplished grapplers ever produced by the state of Goiás (Brazil). Competing primarily in the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation’s circuit, Garcia conquered important medals, including at the European Open, Brasileiro as well as at the Sao Paulo and Rio International Open.

Jesse Urholin is an accomplished Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Markku Juntunen, and one of the top grapplers ever produced by Finland, having conquered medals in tournaments such as the IBJJF Worlds, European Open, Crest Pro Fighting and the ADCC Trials.

Eloisa Souto, commonly known as Elô Souto is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Claudio Joanino and a member of the Nova União academy – Macaé branch, being regarded as one of the top female athletes of her generation. Competing mainly in Brazil’s national grappling circuit, Elô Souto has medalled in important tournaments such as the Brazilian Nationals. World Championships as well as the São Paulo International Open.

Sergio Benini is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães of Gracie Barra – Belo Horizonte, a team he took over as head coach in 2015. One of the top representatives of Draculino’s famous academy as an athlete, Sergio Benini is also well recognised jiu jitsu instructor at GB-BH

Rômulo Azevedo, commonly known as Romulo “Caju” is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Welton Ribeiro. One of the top medium-heavyweight grappling competitors of his generation, Rômulo is also known as the cousin of jiu jitsu legend Victor Ribeiro.

Bruno Barbosa, commonly known as “Bruninho” is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Adalberto “Buda” de Souza of Team Buda. Barbosa was one of the first jiu jitsu black belts to arrive and develop this martial art in Malaysia, from his Kuala Lumpur based gym. Bruninho also worked towards growing jiu jitsu in Kyrgyzstan during 2013.

Maurício Miguel Pereira, commonly known as Maurício “Behring” or “Maurição da Hunter” was one of the top jiu jitsu figures of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s decades, be it a promoter/sponsor, athlete and as an instructor.

Isaque Bahiense is a jiu jitsu black belt under Fábio Gurgel and Michael Langhi of team Alliance, having also worked extensively with Fábio Andrade of Nova União – Bangu. One of the most talented middleweights of his generation, Bahiense earned the reputation of being a masterful guard passer in the lower belt divisions of the sport through his numerous World, Pan and Brazilian titles.