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Anna Rodrigues (often spelled Ana Rodrigues [one “n”]) is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Isaque Bahiense, who worked extensively with other references of the grappling world, namely Márcio Rodrigues, Luiz “Guigo”, André Galvão, Fábio Gurgel, and Michael Langhi before earning her rank. Widely regarded as one of the top female grapplers of her generation, Anna Rodrigues’ reputation was conquered while competing in the lower belt divisions of the sport, where she conquered numerous World and Pans titles of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), going on to cement her status as a major player in her very first year at black belt.

Anna Rodrigues Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Anna Cristina Araújo Rodrigues

Nickname: N/A

Lineage:  Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fábio Gurgel > Isaque Bahiense > Anna Rodrigues

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2021 / 2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021 / 2022 / 2023)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2020 / 2022 / 2023)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021+)
  • 1st Place AJP South American Continental Pro (2021)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, LDN (2023)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, MIA (2021)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, RJ (2019)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, LA (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2023)
  • 2nd Place AJP Queen Of Mats (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 blue, 2018 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2016 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship Juvenile (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017 purple, 2018 / 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2017 purple
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016 blue, 2018 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Juvenile (2014 / 2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship Juvenile (2015*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016 blue)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016 blue*)
  • 3rd Place AJP Abu Dhabi Pro (2019)
  • 3rd Place AJP Grand Slam, RJ (2018)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute
+ The AJP federation ran two Abu Dhabi World Pro events in 2021, one in April and another in November, the “+” sign represents the 2nd event, in November.

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pluma (53.5kg / 118 lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance / Dream Arts Project

Anna Rodrigues Biography

Anna Rodrigues was born in Niteroi, a city that neighbors Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, on December 14, 1998. In trying to provide the best possible life for their young baby, Anna’s parents sent her to the Northern state of Ceará, where she was raised by her grandmother, in a quiet and rural town up until her 4th birthday.

After turning 4, Anna returned to her parent’s care, growing up in the Favela Rio das Pedras, a Rio de Janeiro slum located close to the Barra da Tijuca coastal line. Her home for the following 11 years.

As a child, Rodrigues was extremely enthusiastic about sports and already envisioned one day being a professional athlete, an idea she started focussing on from the age of 8. Without a defined sport to embrace, she took on many activities before finding jiu-jitsu, with gymnastics and volleyball being the two she competed in the most. Particularly volleyball, where she played in big Rio de Janeiro teams such as Vasco da Gama and Fluminense.

Anna’s first jiu-jitsu class was at the age of 13, and she immediately fell in love with the sport/martial art. By her admission, Rodrigues was not an easy teenager to handle. Fights at school and in her neighborhood were a constant and Anna’s relationship with her parents was equally tumultuous. Jiu-jitsu helped channel many of Anna’s frustrations onto the mats and away from the streets, a liberating experience that caused her to choose BJJ as her profession early on.

Coach Márcio Rodrigues was Anna’s first coach and the man who guided her up to blue belt. At Team MR, Anna shared the mats with many of her generation’s future stars, including Lucas Barbosa (Hulk), Matheus Gabriel, Erberth Santos, and Ygor Rodrigues.

At the age of 15, Anna decided to dive into jiu-jitsu and become a full-time athlete, moving to São Paulo to train under Master Luiz Guilherme’s guidance with a full scholarship at the Guigo JJ Academy. During her time with Guigo, one of her former teammates – Lucas Barbosa, joined the Atos Academy. Being a good friend of Rodrigues and well aware of her talent, Hulk interceeded with André and Angelica Galvão, on behalf of Anna for a possible move to the team’s headquarters in San Diego. With both parties in agreement, Rodrigues started representing the Atos team internationally, although still training and competing for Guigo when in Brazil.

In a unique purple belt promotion, Luiz Guigo tied the purple belt around Anna’s waist, with the consent of André Galvão. Her time with Atos was, however, limited, as she went on to work at the Alliance São Paulo camp while still a purple belt, being promoted to brown by Fábio Gurgel.

While training at the Alliance camp, Rodrigues became good friends with one of the team’s top black belts, Mr. Isaque Bahiense. Bahiense had the hope of one day building a social project for talented young athletes of low income, who looked for a way to make jiu-jitsu their living. The idea would become a reality with the launch of the Dream Arts Project, an enterprise started by Isaque with solid help from Anna, who was involved in many aspects of the DAP, including in the logo concept/design, the name of the project, and the social media development.

With the Dream Arts Project running at full steam, Bahiense decided to make an exclusively female team, asking Anna – the senior female in the team, to coach and lead that new workgroup, an offer fully embraced by the Rio de Janeiro native.

Shortly after taking control of the female division of the Dream Arts Project female team, and after earning her 4th IBJJF World title in the United States, Rodrigues was promoted to black belt, in September 2019, by coach Isaque Bahiense.

The cover photo was taken by AJP Tour.

Anna Rodrigues Grappling Record

    36 (40%)
    12 (13%)
    29 (33%)
    9 (10%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    3 (3%)


Choke from back
Mounted X choke
Cross Choke
Scissor choke
Reverse triangle
Bow and arrow
Hashimoto choke
Straight ankle lock
    5 (63%)
    1 (13%)
    0 (0%)
    2 (25%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Anna Rodrigues Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
22244Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLPts: 4x0Queen of Mats62KGF2018
24794Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ55KGSF2020
25708Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLReferee DecisionWorld Pro55KGRR2021
30654Thalyta LimaLPts: 2x0European OpenABSSF2022
32406Gabriela PereiraGabriela PereiraLPts: 2x1Grand Slam AD55KGF2022
35891Janaina LebreJanaina LebreLPts: 6x0IBJJF GP64KGF2022
40497Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.58KGF2023
41742Nikki GriffithsNikki GriffithsLPointsTough RollNASPF2023
21645Hope DouglassWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA55KG4F2019
21646Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA55KGSF2019
21647Amal AmjahidAmal AmjahidWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA55KGF2019
22239Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosWPts: 2x2, AdvQueen of Mats62KGRR2018
22240Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWReferee DecisionQueen of Mats62KGRR2018
22241Amal AmjahidAmal AmjahidWPts: 4x2Queen of Mats62KGSF2018
22247Milena NascimentoWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ55KG4F2019
22249Amal AmjahidAmal AmjahidWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ55KGSF2019
22251Talita AlencarTalita AlencarWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ55KGF2019
22955Elina MoestamWPts: 2x1Grand Slam AD55KGSF2020
22956Amal AmjahidAmal AmjahidWDQGrand Slam AD55KGF2020
23153Rose SharouniRose SharouniWChoke from backEuropean Open53KGSF2020
23154Talita AlencarTalita AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open53KGF2020
23666Vanessa EnglishVanessa EnglishWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN55KG4F2020
23667Gabriela FechterWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN55KGSF2020
23668Talita AlencarTalita AlencarWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN55KGF2020
23872Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
24407Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroWPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ Stars 453KGSPF2020
24793Dyna SenaWPts: 4x0Grand Slam RJ55KG4F2020
25564Liisi VahtWPts: 6x1Grand Slam AD55KGSF2021
25566Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroWArmbarGrand Slam AD55KGF2021
25701Liisi VahtWArmbarWorld Pro55KGRR2021
25703Amal AmjahidAmal AmjahidWPts: 2x1World Pro55KGRR2021
25705A. YanesWPts: 6x1World Pro55KGRR2021
26475S. GondimWPts: 1x1SA Cont. Pro55KG4F2021
26479Mika DamacenoWPts: 8x6SA Cont. Pro55KGSF2021
26480Gabriela FechterWDQSA Cont. Pro55KGF2021
27275Jessica BrancoWKimuraGrand Slam MIA55KGSF2021
27276Alexa YanesWPts: 4x0Grand Slam MIA55KGF2021
27644Ann KneibWCross ChokePan American53KGSF2021
27645Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosWPts: 6x6, AdvPan American53KGF2021
28114Rayanne SantosWScissor chokeBrasileiro53KGF2021
28614Ana SchmittAna SchmittWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ55KG4F2021
28617Michele OliveiraWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ55KGSF2021
28618Milene SilvaWPts: 11x0Grand Slam RJ55KGF2021
28985Dina SenaWDQBJJ Stars55KGSPF2021
29252Rafaela RosaWPts: 6x0World Pro55KG4F2021
29256Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWPts: 4x3World Pro55KGSF2021
29258Rose SharouniRose SharouniWPts: 4x2World Pro55KGF2021
29612Rita LynneWChokeWorld Champ.52KG4F2021
29617Jessa KhanJessa KhanWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.52KGSF2021
29618Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciWPts: 4x2World Champ.52KGF2021
30653Luciane AraujoWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenABS4F2022
30661Andreia CavalcanteWChoke from backEuropean Open58KG4F2022
30663Z. SzawernowskaWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open58KGSF2022
30664Gabriela PereiraGabriela PereiraWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open58KGF2022
31171Magdalena MariaWPts: 7x0Grand Slam LDN55KG4F2022
31172Rose SharouniRose SharouniWPts: 3x2Grand Slam LDN55KGSF2022
31174Gabriela PereiraGabriela PereiraWPts: 6x6Grand Slam LDN55KGF2022
31739Sophia DalpraWReverse trianglePan American58KGSF2022
31740Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroWMounted X chokePan American58KGF2022
32400Isabel AlfaroWBow and arrowGrand Slam AD55KG4F2022
32404Rose SharouniRose SharouniWPts: 3x2Grand Slam AD55KGSF2022
33059Sofia AmaranteWChoke from backWorld Champ.53KG4F2022
33063Rose SharouniRose SharouniWArmbarWorld Champ.53KGSF2022
33064Tammi MusumeciTammi MusumeciWPts: 4x0World Champ.53KGF2022
34093Milene SilvaWPts: 6x0Grand Slam RJ55KGR12022
34098Randryely SouzaWPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ55KG4F2022
34102Maria NunesWPts: 4x0Grand Slam RJ55KGSF2022
34104Dyna SenaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ55KGF2022
34675Rose SharouniRose SharouniWKimuraGrand Slam MIA55KGSF2022
34677Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroWPts: 10x0Grand Slam MIA55KGF2022
35633Emily ElizabethWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan61KGR12022
35634Erin JohnsonWPts: 4x2NoGi Pan61KG4F2022
35636Emily FernandezEmily FernandezWAdvNoGi Pan61KG4F2022
35639Jasmine RochaJasmine RochaWPts: 3x0NoGi Pan61KGSF2022
35641Claire NorthClaire NorthWPts: 4x0NoGi Pan61KGF2022
35792Maria ClaudiaWArmbarBJJ Stars58KGSPF2022
35890Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosWPts: 4x0IBJJF GP64KGSF2022
36438Astrid ScholinWChoke from backWorld Pro55KG4F2022
36443Ariadne OliveiraAriadne OliveiraWPts: 8x0World Pro55KGSF2022
36444Rose SharouniRose SharouniWChoke from backWorld Pro55KGF2022
37343Zofia SzawenowskaWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGSF2023
37345Andreia CavalcanteWChoke from backEuropean Open58KGF2023
38333Alicja StypulkowWArmbarAJPGD LDN55KG4F2023
38337Rose SharouniRose SharouniWHashimoto chokeAJPGD LDN55KGSF2023
38339Alexa YanesWPts: 4x0AJPGD LDN55KGF2023
38556Elizabeth LieraWChoke from backPan American58KG4F2023
38558Sophia DalpraWChoke from backPan American58KGSF2023
38560Margot CiccarelliMargot CiccarelliWPts: 4x2Pan American58KGF2023
40492Ashley BendleWChoke from backWorld Champ.58KG4F2023
40495Margot CiccarelliMargot CiccarelliWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.58KGSF2023
44904Astrid ScholinWChoke from backWorld Pro55KG4F2023
44909Tamara TorosWPts: 5x4World Pro55KGSF2023
44910Alexa YanesWPts: 5x0World Pro55KGF2023
47706Assiria SilvaWStraight ankle lockADCC BRA255KGR12024
47709Bianca GianniniWKatagatameADCC BRA255KG4F2024
47712Jasmine RochaJasmine RochaWReferee DecisionADCC BRA255KGSF2024
47714Franciele SantosWReferee DecisionADCC BRA255KGF2024
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