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AJ Agazarm

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AJ Agazarm is a leading figure of an amazing generation of black belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors to have come from the United States of America. Being a former D1 wrestler, AJ Agazarm became known in the lower belt divisions of jiu jitsu for his fast paced game, his scrambles and his takedown ability, which earned him numerous titles and his black belt, awarded in 2013 by Eduardo de Lima and Carlos Gracie Junior.

AJ Agazarm Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: AJ Agazarm

Nickname: “Leão” (lion), a name that started being mentioned when AJ began his BJJ training due to his attitude on the mat. “Açaí” is also a name, often associated with Agazarm, this is due to his love for the famous Brazilian berry. He has several recipes for the fruit, and even some tutorials on youtube.

Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior (> Eduardo de Lima) > AJ Agazarm

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2007 blue)
  • IBJJF Pan American No Gi Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF Brazilian National No-Gi Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF European No-Gi Open Champion (2017/2014**/2013)
  • IBJJF American National Champion (2012 brown)
  • ADCC US West Coast Trials 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2014* black)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2015 black, 2013 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2012* brown)
  • IBJJF Brazilian National Championship 2nd Place (2013* brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2013*)
  • IBJJF American National Championship 2nd Place (2013**)
  • IBJJF Rome International Open 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF European No-Gi Open Championship 2nd Place (2017*)
  • IBJJF Pan American No Gi Championship 3rd Place (2014/2013* black, 2012 brown)
  • IBJJF World No Gi Championship 3rd Place (2016/2013)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF European Open 3rd Place (2014 black, 2013 brown)
  • IBJJF European No Gi Open 3rd Place (2013*)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (2013 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Sweep Single Leg Takedown, Lasso Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/168lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

AJ Agazarm Biography

AJ Agazarm was born in Hollywood, Florida – US.

AJ competed in a wide variety of sports when growing up, becoming acquainted with wrestling in his teens, through a friend and fellow football teammate who believed Agazarm would do well if he applied for the wrestling team. At the time (9th grade) AJ participated in a class but chose to not follow through.

The following year AJ’s parents placed him in the public school system ahead of his 10th grade. Agazarm immediately signed up to the swimming and the cross country running team. Shorty after the start of the year AJ noticed a flyer on the school hall, advertising the wrestling team’s trials. He decided to participate and made the team, this would represent the beginning of a major shift in AJ’s sporting career, as he went on to win important championships during his high school career, these earned him a scholarship to a NAIA school in Williamsburg, KY.

During AJ Agazarm’s first year in college, one of his teammates had become involved with mixed martial arts (MMA) and was preparing for a fight. AJ traveled with him to the fight venue on the day of the bout. After one of the competitors failed to show up, and knowing of Agazarm’s success in wrestling, the promoter asked AJ if I would be willing to enter the ring. Agazarm accepted, and was successful, winning his fight by way of first round rear naked choke, although by his own admission: “I didn’t even know what that was at the time”.

Telling his father of his MMA achievement, Agazarm’s patriarch asked AJ to start training jiu jitsu, believing it would be more suited for a career in the sport. When AJ returned from college for his summer vacation (2006), his dad took him to a neighbouring Gracie Barra school, led by Eduardo de Lima. During that summer, AJ attended every single one of Eduardo’s classes, twice a day for 6 days a week. It was also during that period that Agazarm met Master Carlos Gracie Jr. who was in town for a seminar at Eduardo’s school.

The atmosphere of Gracie Barra Clearwater, made AJ feel like he was part of a family, more than ‘just’ a team of competitors. the coach and the students genuinely cared for one another, which helped Agazarm train harder and move forward in the sport, as he felt he was not only doing it for himself, but for his Master and his comrades.

Carlinhos Gracie was so impressed with AJ’s drive and ability to learn, he asked Agazarm if he wanted to move to Brazil with him where he could turn him into a champion. At that time, AJ had his own goals, which included a transfer to the Ohio State University where he could wrestle in Division 1 and earn a degree in finance. For those reasons, he declined the offer

AJ continued training under Eduardo’s guidance, being awarded his blue belt after 3 months. He participated in many local tournaments as well as the Pan American Championships in 2007, achieving a gold medal in his first year of Jiu Jitsu.

When he arrived in Ohio to follow his dream, on the summer of 2007, he started training at a Relson Gracie‘s Academy affiliate there, led by Robin Gieseler. He spent the following two months training with Gieseler in preparation for the World Championship that year, doing his strength and conditioning with Aaron Fry of Team Edge in New Albany, OH. With solid guidance from all coaches AJ won his first world title.

After the 2007 title, Agazarm was approached by Relson Gracie who explained that if he wanted to continue to train at Gieseler’s academy, he would have to switch teams. AJ felt very closely bonded with Gracie Barra and professor de Lima, so he chose to to put BJJ on hold for a while.

AJ showed up at the World Championship in 2008 still bearing his blue belt. Upon his arrival, AJ’s coach Eduardo was contacted by the federation which informed him that people had written letters complaining, they mentioned that it was unfair for AJ to compete at blue belt again as he had won the division the previous year. As a result, coach de Lima promoted Agazarm to purple belt on the event.

Agazarm continued to compete and train as a purple belt, getting promoted to brown belt in 2011 by Master Carlos and Eduardo de Lima. AJ finished his career at Ohio State, earning his degree in finance, after which Kayron Gracie offered him a job in California at his academy, meaning a second chance to teach and train full time. This time, AJ fully embraced the offer. The opportunity gave him a chance to travel all over the world competing and training in jiu jitsu, establishing himself as one of the top American prospects in the sport, which earned him his black belt in 2013, 7 years after he started Jiu Jitsu. He hit the ground running, winning the Brazilian National No Gi Championship that year, becoming the first foreigner to achieve the title.

AJ Agazarm Grappling Record

101 WINS
    55 (54%)
    2 (2%)
    38 (38%)
    4 (4%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)


Toe hold
Choke from back
Triangle armbar
Darce choke
    28 (49%)
    9 (16%)
    10 (18%)
    9 (16%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)


Choke from back

AJ Agazarm Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4778Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSSF2013
4792Claudio MattosClaudio MattosLAdvRio Open76KGF2013
4812Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLArmbarAmerican NationalsABSF2013
4839Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChokeNoGi Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4868Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2013
4946Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarBrasileiro NoGiABSF2013
4973Marcelo MafraLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
4987Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLAdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2013
5026Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLAdvLas Vegas Open76KGSF2013
5102Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPointsEuropean76KGSF2014
5140James PuopoloJames PuopoloLChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5347Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x0NY Spring OpenABSF2014
5375Sandro VieiraLDQBrasileiro76KG4F2014
5507Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPointsADCC Florida77KGSPF2014
5523Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5607Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2014
5772Josh HingerJosh HingerLPointsAm. Nat. NoGiABSSF2014
5783Garry TononGarry TononLRNCNo Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2014
5805Jackson SousaJackson SousaLArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5814Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5881Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSPF2014
5919Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
6193AJ SousaAJ SousaLAdvWorld Pro Trials86KGF2015
6197AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 6x2World Pro TrialsABSF2015
6328Rafael PereiraLPts: 4x2European76KG4F2015
6521Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32015
6575JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
6856Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x0World Pro75KG4F2015
6928Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
6960Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaLPts: 2x0ADCC US Trials77KG4F2015
7665Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLRNCADCC77KGR12015
7717Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
8251Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLReferee DecisionBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
9265Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 4x0World Pro77KGSF2016
9268Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Pro77KG3RD2016
9404Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaLPts: 11x2Brasileiro76KG4F2016
9628Mansher KheraMansher KheraLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR12016
10499Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KGSF2016
10885Thiago MacedoLPts: 2x0Long Beach Open76KGF2016
10893Nick SchrockNick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach OpenABSSF2016
11180Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPointsSUG 3ABSSPF2017
11258Garry TononGarry TononLReferee DecisionF2W 2476KGSPF2017
11412Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsACBJJ GP75KG4F2017
11449Stephen MartinezLPointsLA National Pro77KGSF2017
11458Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPointsLA National ProU77KGF2017
11604Joao AlvesLPts: 2x0Pan American76KGR12017
11748Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPts: 2x0Rome Open76KGF2017
11760Rodrigo ReisLPts: 10x3Rome OpenABS4F2017
11819Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 21x0European NoGiABSF2017
11956Vagner RochaLReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KGF2017
12053Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 5x0WP US Qualifier77KGRR2017
12054Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 9x0WP US Qualifier77KGRR2017
12184Jose CarlosJose CarlosLPts: 22x2Brasileiro76KGR22017
12301Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPts: 10x0Atlanta Sp. Open88KGF2017
12490Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KG8F2017
12662Ben HendersonLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 37ABSSPF2017
12855Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 4182KGSPF2017
4768Daniel MendoncaWChokeRome Open76KGF2013
4769Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 6x0Rome Open76KGSF2013
4776UnknownWArmbarEuropean NoGiABS4F2013
4782Daniel MendoncaWWristlockEuropean NoGi76KGF2013
4787UnknownWChokeRio Open76KGR12013
4788UnknownWPointsRio Open76KG4F2013
4790Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPts: 2x0Rio Open76KGSF2013
4802Choi ChoiWPts: 32x0American Nationals76KG4F2013
4805Choi ChoiWPts: 32x0American Nationals76KG4F2013
4806Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 4x0American Nationals76KGSF2013
4809Antonio AntnioliWPts: 4x0American NationalsABS4F2013
4810Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4814Denny ProkoposDenny ProkoposWPts: 4x0NoGi American Nat.76KGSF2013
4815Diogo FreitasWReferee DecisionNoGi American Nat.76KGF2013
4820James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
4823Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsNoGi American Nat.ABSSF2013
4824Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi American Nat.ABSF2013
4828Steven BarnettWChokeNoGi Pan American76KGSF2013
4829Nicolas MoraesWToe holdNoGi Pan American76KGF2013
4830Luciano CristovaoWPts: 6x0NoGi Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4858DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionADCC77KGR12013
4936UnknownWArmbarBrasileiro NoGi76KGR12013
4937UnknownWToe holdBrasileiro NoGi76KG4F2013
4938Sandro VieiraWPts: 6x2Brasileiro NoGi76KGSF2013
4939Kim TerraKim TerraWChokeBrasileiro NoGi76KGF2013
4942UnknownWChokeBrasileiro NoGiABSR12013
4943Kim TerraKim TerraWPts: 23x0Brasileiro NoGiABS4F2013
4945Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 9x0Brasileiro NoGiABSSF2013
4971Peter RunezWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds76KGR12013
4986Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12013
5321Ryan DurbinWArmbarChicago Open NoGi82KGF2014
5322Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 23x0Chicago Open NoGi82KGSF2014
5323Briklin WelchWArmbarChicago Sp. Open82KGF2014
5324Briklin WelchWPts: 9x0Chicago Sp. Open82KGSF2014
5325Paulo HenriqueWPts: 4x0Rome Open73KGSF2014
5326Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPointsRome Open73KGF2014
5327Ralf CarneburnWChokeEuropean NoGi73KGSF2014
5328Paulo HenriqueWToe holdEuropean NoGi73KGF2014
5330UnknownWArmbarEuropean NoGiABS4F2014
5331UnknownWPts: 6x0European NoGiABSSF2014
5332Mauricio HenriqueWChokeEuropean NoGiABSF2014
5344Briklin WelchWPts: 15x2NY Spring Open76KGF2014
5345Washington LimaWChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2014
5346Antonio AntonioliWPts: 13x6NY Spring OpenABSSF2014
5597Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGR12014
5798Jorge EliasWDarce chokeNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12014
5802Nik NikolaisenWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5804Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5840Luiz RosaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds73KG4F2014
5841Rafael BeneditoWPts: 12x0No Gi Worlds73KGSF2014
5843Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds73KGF2014
5917Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 7x5NYC Pro82KG4F2014
6171Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWTriangle armbarPolarisABSSPF2015
6190Ruben DarioWToe holdWorld Pro Trials86KG4F2015
6191Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6196UnknownWChokeWorld Pro TrialsABSSF2015
6323Choi ChoiWPts: 14x0European76KGR22015
6503Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPointsPan AmericanABSR12015
6565Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22015
6572Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsPan American76KG4F2015
6574Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x0Pan American76KGSF2015
6834Rich RyuWTriangle armbarOhio ChallengeABS4F2015
6835Paulo SantanaWToe holdOhio ChallengeABSSF2015
6836BJ NelsonWPts: 10x0Ohio ChallengeABSF2015
6847Ygor DantasWPointsWorld Pro75KGR12015
6850Alex CabanesWPointsWorld Pro75KGR22015
6955Yao NkromahWToe holdADCC US Trials77KGR12015
6958Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWToe holdADCC US Trials77KG8F2015
7529Karo ParisyanD---Metamoris UGABSSPF2015
7759Daniel StraussD---Polaris 294KGSPF2015
9076Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
9240Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR12016
9248Carlos CostaWKimura/armbarWorld Pro77KGR22016
9253Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x0World Pro77KG8F2016
9262Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 2x0World Pro77KG4F2016
9394Pedro HenriqueWSubmissionBrasileiro76KGR12016
9402Robson BorgesWArmbarBrasileiro76KG8F2016
9994Marat GafurovWReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10110Ituã SalesWChokeBrasileiro Equipes76KGF2016
10288Vagner RochaWDQF2W Pro 1477KGSPF2016
10470Ikuhisa MinowaWTrianglePolaris 480KGSPF2016
10493Andreas PeralesWArmbarNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
10496Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2016
10884Nicollas WelkerWArmbarLong Beach Open76KGSF2016
10891Piter FrankWPointsLong Beach OpenABS4F2016
11448John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 2x0LA National Pro77KG4F2017
11451Bret RusselWPts: 10x0LA National Pro77KG3RD2017
11454Ronald HendersonWChoke from backLA National ProU77KG4F2017
11456Robert MalofWChoke from backLA National ProU77KGSF2017
11747Andreas PeralesWPointsRome Open76KGSF2017
11794Andreas PeralesWPts: 44x0European NoGi73KGSF2017
11796Ashley WilliamsWPts: 12x0European NoGi73KGF2017
11815Jakub WitkowskiWTriangleEuropean NoGiABS4F2017
11817Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWDQEuropean NoGiABSSF2017
11929Stanley RosaWPts: 4x0ADCC WC Trials77KGR22017
11937Issa AbleWReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KG8F2017
11949Magid HageWPts: 6x0ADCC WC Trials77KG8F2017
11952Jason HaydenWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KG4F2017
11954Oliver TazaWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KGSF2017
12176Samuel DiasWPts: 4x2Brasileiro76KGR12017
12482Caio NunesWPts: 4x0World Champ.70KGR12017
12961Lloyd CooperWChoke from backPolaris 578KGSPF2017

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