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Ana Maria India (Checkmat)

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Ana Maria India

Ana Maria Soares, India

Ana Maria, known in the fighting World as India is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt from the Checkmat BJJ team. She is also a prolific Mixed Martial Artist (MMA) who has competed against some of the best in the sport.

Ana Maria India in Detail

Full Name: Ana Maria Gomes Soares.

Nickname: “India” in Portuguese means Indian Woman, the nickname began as Ana Maria started doing her hair in plaits when she trained and competed. She always liked to play guard, and styling her hair in a pony tail suit her guard work, as the hair would get in the way. The solution she found was plaits and because of her hair colour, people started calling her “India”.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira > Ana Maria “India”

Main Achievements in BJJ/Grappling:

  • 6x Bahia State Champion, Sergipe State Champion
  • 2x Brazilian National Champion (Brown Belt, 2008 and 2009)
  • Silver Medallist in the World Championships of CBJJE 2009
  • Bronze Medallist at the 2009 World Championships from CBJJO
  • “Internacional de Grappling” Champion

Weigh Category in BJJ: Lightweight (64Kg – 141Lbs).

Favourite Technique: Although she states that she loves Jiu Jitsu as a whole, she is famed for her crisp transitions from half Guard to the back mount.

BJJ Affiliation: Check Mat

Ana Maria “India” Biography

Ana Maria was born in Barreiras in the State of Bahia, Brazil.

Ana was a late bloomer as she only picked up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 21, having never trained in a martial art or combat sport before. Her first teacher was Alexandre Oliveira in Marilia, São Paulo. A person that nourished Ana Maria and forced her into believing she could go far in the sport.

She moved on from São Paulo to Salvador and the training didn’t stop. This time she started training with “Mestre Shark” from Brazilian Top Team (BTT), and was awarded her Blue and Purple Belt by Mr Shark.

Her Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Career really blossomed with BTT and travelling to the main academy in Rio de Janeiro was inevitable. Murilo Bustamante awarded her with the Brown Belt for her many achievements and for her 6 years under the BTT banner.

In late 2008 Ana joined the renowned Fight Zone Gym, Head Quarters of Check Mat Team in Rio de Janeiro.

Ana Maria was part of the TV Documentary “No Limite” a program about women’s MMA in Brazil, during the making of the show, her Master Ricardo Vieira awarded her a very well deserved Black Belt.
Ana Maria is a true testament to the female warrior spirit, while she was pregnant of her daughter, she still managed to train until she was 5 months pregnant, and she was back to training one month after the labour. More impressive yet, she was fighting again 4 months after she gave birth.

In keeping with her warrior spirit, Ana Maria is always trying ways to improve her skill set in order to become a better overall fighter. She competes and trains in Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling (Greco-Roman) and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as Mixed Martial Arts. She has competed with the very best in female’s MMA such as Carina Damm and Vanessa Porto and Ediane Gomes. Being hard to get good fights in Women’s MMA, India fights anyone in her path, sometimes giving over 10kg to her opponents.

Ana Maria tries to get inspiration from the very best in the business, she always looks to mimic people like Ricardinho Vieira (her coach) whom she claims has the very best movement on the ground, Ary Farias for the way he always manages to show in competition what he is capable to do in training, Andre Galvao for his “straight to the point” way of fighting, Ronaldo Jacare for his speed and aggression, Tereré for his smarts, Roger Gracie for his precision, Leo Leite for his calm and the inevitables Roberto Cyborg and Alan “Finfou”.

Ana Maria India vs Tara La Rosa

Ana Maria India vs Carina Damm (BJJ World Championship 2007)

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  • Mike W. says:

    Just a error i picked up on was her belt promotion to Black Belt. Ana Maria was training at Brazilian Top Team Long Beach in June 2009 as still a Brown Belt. Her picture can be seen on the mainpage of

    Although i know she has been promoted to Black Belt, she had to have received it after June 2009, not 2008 as implied in the article above.

  • admin says:

    Hi Mike,

    I actually spoke personally to Maria for this profile, everything was checked by her…

  • admin says:

    Hi Mike, (me again) 🙂

    just to point out that I did not write that she was awarded the black belt in 2008 (she received it in october 2009) I did write that she was already part of Checkmat at the end of 2008, which was confirmed by the champ herself. I did check those pics, she might have been there as a guest, after all she kept a good relationship with Bustamante and BTT…

  • Mike W. says:

    No worries Admin, i misread the original article. My apologies. And yes, she was a guest of ours at BTT for a few months. Ana Maria is amazing. Her technique is a joy to watch, and painful to experience. 😀

    Her strength was unmatched for her weight class. (I have a picture of her carrying a 310lb teammate of mine.) I enjoy watching her compete, and wish her nothing but big success at Black Belt.

  • admin says:

    Yeah, her technique is top notch!

    I believe she has one an MMA fight this weekend. I will contact her to confirm…

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