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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

98 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    53 (54%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    37 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

37 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
30
11
#86e620
Armbar
24
9
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
19
7
#d1212a
Triangle armbar
5
2
#fad11b
Triangle
5
2
#f58822
Choke from back
5
2
#224aba
Kimura/armbar
3
1
#ff9124
Submission
3
1
#bf1f6c
Wristlock
3
1
#22c9a5
Darce choke
3
1
37
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
52 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    25 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
40
4
#86e620
Armbar
30
3
#5AD3D1
RNC
20
2
#d1212a
Choke
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

AJ Agazarm Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4763Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSSF2013
4777Claudio MattosClaudio MattosLAdvRio Open76KGF2013
4797Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLArmbarAmerican NationalsABSF2013
4824Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChokeNoGi Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4853Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLReferee DecisionADCC77KG1/4F2013
4931Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarBrasileiro NoGiABSF2013
4958Marcelo MafraLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
4972Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLAdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2013
5011Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLAdvLas Vegas Open76KGSF2013
5086Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPointsEuropean76KGSF2014
5124James PuopoloJames PuopoloLChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5331Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x0NY Spring OpenABSF2014
5359Sandro VieiraLDQBrasileiro76KG1/4F2014
5491Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPointsADCC Florida77KGSPF2014
5507Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5592Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG1/8F2014
5757Josh HingerJosh HingerLPointsAm. Nat. NoGiABSSF2014
5768Garry TononGarry TononLRNCNo Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2014
5790Jackson SousaJackson SousaLArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5799Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5866Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSPF2014
5904Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
6179AJ SousaAJ SousaLAdvWorld Pro Trials86KGF2015
6183AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 6x2World Pro TrialsABSF2015
6314Rafael PereiraLPts: 4x2European76KG1/4F2015
6507Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32015
6561JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
6842Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x0World Pro75KG1/4F2015
6914Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
6946Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaLPts: 2x0ADCC US Trials77KG1/4F2015
7649Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLRNCADCC77KGR12015
7701Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
8232Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLReferee DecisionBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
9244Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 4x0World Pro77KGSF2016
9247Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Pro77KG3RD2016
9383Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaLPts: 11x2Brasileiro76KG1/4F2016
9605Mansher KheraMansher KheraLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR12016
10474Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KGSF2016
10857Thiago MacedoLPts: 2x0Long Beach Open76KGF2016
10865Nick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach OpenABSSF2016
11138Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPointsSUG 3ABSSPF2017
11216Garry TononGarry TononLReferee DecisionF2W 2476KGSPF2017
11370Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsACBJJ GP75KG1/4F2017
11407Stephen MartinezLPointsLA National Pro77KGSF2017
11416Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPointsLA National ProU77KGF2017
11562Joao AlvesLPts: 2x0Pan American76KGR12017
11702Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPts: 2x0Rome Open76KGF2017
11714Rodrigo ReisLPts: 10x3Rome OpenABS1/4F2017
11773Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 21x0European NoGiABSF2017
11908Vagner RochaLReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KGF2017
12003Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 5x0WP US Qualifier77KGRR2017
12004Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 9x0WP US Qualifier77KGRR2017
4753Daniel MendoncaWChokeRome Open76KGF2013
4754Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 6x0Rome Open76KGSF2013
4761UnknownWArmbarEuropean NoGiABS1/4F2013
4767Daniel MendoncaWWristlockEuropean NoGi76KGF2013
4772UnknownWChokeRio Open76KGR12013
4773UnknownWPointsRio Open76KG1/4F2013
4775Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPts: 2x0Rio Open76KGSF2013
4787Choi ChoiWPts: 32x0American Nationals76KG1/4F2013
4790Choi ChoiWPts: 32x0American Nationals76KG1/4F2013
4791Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 4x0American Nationals76KGSF2013
4794Antonio AntnioliWPts: 4x0American NationalsABS1/4F2013
4795Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4799Denny ProkoposDenny ProkoposWPts: 4x0NoGi American Nat.76KGSF2013
4800Diogo FreitasWReferee DecisionNoGi American Nat.76KGF2013
4805James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS1/4F2013
4808Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsNoGi American Nat.ABSSF2013
4809Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi American Nat.ABSF2013
4813Steven BarnettWChokeNoGi Pan American76KGSF2013
4814Nicolas MoraesWToe holdNoGi Pan American76KGF2013
4815Luciano CristovaoWPts: 6x0NoGi Pan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4843DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionADCC77KGR12013
4921UnknownWArmbarBrasileiro NoGi76KGR12013
4922UnknownWToe holdBrasileiro NoGi76KG1/4F2013
4923Sandro VieiraWPts: 6x2Brasileiro NoGi76KGSF2013
4924Kim TerraKim TerraWChokeBrasileiro NoGi76KGF2013
4927UnknownWChokeBrasileiro NoGiABSR12013
4928Kim TerraKim TerraWPts: 23x0Brasileiro NoGiABS1/4F2013
4930Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 9x0Brasileiro NoGiABSSF2013
4956Peter RunezWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds76KGR12013
4971Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12013
5082UknownWArmbarEuropean76KG1/4F2014
5305Ryan DurbinWArmbarChicago Open NoGi82KGF2014
5306Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 23x0Chicago Open NoGi82KGSF2014
5307Briklin WelchWArmbarChicago Sp. Open82KGF2014
5308Briklin WelchWPts: 9x0Chicago Sp. Open82KGSF2014
5309Paulo HenriqueWPts: 4x0Rome Open73KGSF2014
5310Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPointsRome Open73KGF2014
5311Ralf CarneburnWChokeEuropean NoGi73KGSF2014
5312Paulo HenriqueWToe holdEuropean NoGi73KGF2014
5314UnknownWArmbarEuropean NoGiABS1/4F2014
5315UnknownWPts: 6x0European NoGiABSSF2014
5316Mauricio HenriqueWChokeEuropean NoGiABSF2014
5328Briklin WelchWPts: 15x2NY Spring Open76KGF2014
5329Washington LimaWChokeNY Spring OpenABS1/4F2014
5330Antonio AntonioliWPts: 13x6NY Spring OpenABSSF2014
5358UnknownWChokeBrasileiro76KGR12014
5582Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGR12014
5783Jorge EliasWDarce chokeNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12014
5787Nik NikolaisenWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS1/4F2014
5789Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5825Luiz RosaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds73KG1/4F2014
5826Rafael BeneditoWPts: 12x0No Gi Worlds73KGSF2014
5828Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds73KGF2014
5902Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 7x5NYC Pro82KG1/4F2014
6157Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWTriangle armbarPolarisABSSPF2015
6176Ruben DarioWToe holdWorld Pro Trials86KG1/4F2015
6177Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6182UnknownWChokeWorld Pro TrialsABSSF2015
6309Choi ChoiWPts: 14x0European76KGR22015
6489Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPointsPan AmericanABSR12015
6551Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22015
6558Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsPan American76KG1/4F2015
6560Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x0Pan American76KGSF2015
6820Rich RyuWTriangle armbarOhio ChallengeABS1/4F2015
6821Paulo SantanaWToe holdOhio ChallengeABSSF2015
6822BJ NelsonWPts: 10x0Ohio ChallengeABSF2015
6833Ygor DantasWPointsWorld Pro75KGR12015
6836Alex CabanesWPointsWorld Pro75KGR22015
6941Yao NkromahWToe holdADCC US Trials77KGR12015
6944Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWToe holdADCC US Trials77KG1/8F2015
7513Karo ParisyanD---Metamoris UGABSSPF2015
7743Daniel StraussD---Polaris 294KGSPF2015
9055Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
9219Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR12016
9227Carlos CostaWKimura/armbarWorld Pro77KGR22016
9232Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x0World Pro77KG1/8F2016
9241Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 2x0World Pro77KG1/4F2016
9373Pedro HenriqueWSubmissionBrasileiro76KGR12016
9381Robson BorgesWArmbarBrasileiro76KG1/8F2016
9971Marat GafurovWReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10086Ituã SalesWChokeBrasileiro Equipes76KGF2016
10263Vagner RochaWDQF2W Pro 1477KGSPF2016
10445Ikuhisa MinowaWTrianglePolaris 480KGSPF2016
10468Andreas PeralesWArmbarNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
10471Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG1/4F2016
10856Nicollas WelkerWArmbarLong Beach Open76KGSF2016
10863Piter FrankWPointsLong Beach OpenABS1/4F2016
11406John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 2x0LA National Pro77KG1/4F2017
11409Bret RusselWPts: 10x0LA National Pro77KG3RD2017
11412Ronald HendersonWChoke from backLA National ProU77KG1/4F2017
11414Robert MalofWChoke from backLA National ProU77KGSF2017
11701Andreas PeralesWPointsRome Open76KGSF2017
11748Andreas PeralesWPts: 44x0European NoGi73KGSF2017
11750Ashley WilliamsWPts: 12x0European NoGi73KGF2017
11769Jakub WitkowskiWTriangleEuropean NoGiABS1/4F2017
11771Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWDQEuropean NoGiABSSF2017
11881Stanley RosaWPts: 4x0ADCC WC Trials77KGR22017
11889Issa AbleWReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KG1/8F2017
11901Magid HageWPts: 6x0ADCC WC Trials77KG1/8F2017
11904Jason HaydenWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KG1/4F2017
11906Oliver TazaWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KGSF2017

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