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Ariel Tabak is a South African-Australian grappler and black belt under coach Cicero Costha, who worked extensively with Levi Jones-Leary, Daniel Keane, Daniel Sainty, as well as Daniel Shaw, and represents the Cicero Costha Association in the sport’s international tour. Tabak is widely recognized as one of Australia’s top competitors, a status he earned through a crowd-pleasing grappling style that saw him through important wins against well-known names of the sport while medaling in tournaments of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP) leagues.

Ariel Tabak Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Ariel Tabak

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Cicero Costha > Ariel Tabak

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan-Pacific Championship (2019 / 2022*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Houston Open (2022)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan-Pacific Championship (2022)
  • 3rd Place AJP Grand Slam, RJN (2019)
  • 3rd Place ADCC Oceania & Asia Trials (2022)

Favorite Position/Technique: Modern Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Cicero Costha

Ariel Tabak Biography

Ariel Tabak was born on February 21, 1994, in South Africa, but moved to New Zealand as an infant for a brief period before reaching Melbourne, Australia, at the age of 6, where he grew up.

The first sport practiced by Tabak, at a competitive level, was basketball. An activity he kept for 7 years, playing in local events with the A-grade team.

Martial arts were also introduced into Ariel’s life early on, with you young South African joining a taekwondo class at the age of 7, going on to earn the rank of Cho Dan Bo (red belt with a stripe) during his 5 years of training.

After reaching his mid-teens, Ariel decided to try a martial art with bigger self-defense potential, opting to join a local mixed martial arts (MMA) gym in 2009, where he had his first taste of grappling. Although originally intended to focus on MMA, Tabak quickly fell in love with jiu-jitsu, both the training and the culture/comradery surrounding the sport. This sentiment was ultimately behind his decision of shifting his focus toward the kimono.

Under the guidance of Daniel Keane and Daniel Shaw, Tabak grew exponentially fonder of jiu-jitsu, a love that led to many trips to Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, two hubs regarded as the Mecca of Jiu-Jitsu.

During one of those trips to South America, Ariel visited the Cicero Costha Academy in São Paulo (2018) alongside his partner – another well-known BJJ competitor – Hope Douglass. The comradery and quality of training at Cicero’s gym, allied with the fact that Tabak had family living in São Paulo led the young athlete to join the Costha squad, visiting the training center every chance he could and representing the PSLPB banner in the tournament scene.

Ariel Tabak’s solid form and development led coach Cicero Costha to promote him to the black belt rank on June 4, 2019.

Among Ariel’s main influences are also black belts Levi Jones-Leary, Daniel Sainty, and Gui Neves.

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Ariel Tabak Grappling Record

32 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
36
5
#86e620
Straight ankle lock
29
4
#5AD3D1
Triangle
14
2
#d1212a
RNC
14
2
#fad11b
Footlock
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (22%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
25
1
#86e620
Inside heel hook
25
1
#5AD3D1
Terra lock
25
1
#d1212a
Triangle
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ariel Tabak Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21662Rafael MansurRafael MansurLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA69KG4F2019
21670Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 9x2Grand Slam LA69KGRPC2019
22292Gabriel FigueiroGabriel FigueiroLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ69KGSF2019
22967Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPointsGrand Slam AD69KG4F2020
22975Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 3x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2020
23082Alex SodreAlex SodreLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open70KGR22020
30713Cooper BurnhamLAdvBoa Super 8N/A83KG2022
32508Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 6x4Atlanta SPO76KGF2022
32625Joao MendesJoao MendesLPts: 4x0Denver Open70KGF2022
32899Diego SodreDiego SodreLChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG8F2022
33166Jeremy SkinnerJeremy SkinnerLInside heel hookADCC AUS Trials66KGSF2022
35874Murilo AmaralMurilo AmaralLReferee DecisionPan Pacific76KGF2022
36348Kalel SantosLTerra lockWorld Pro69KGR12022
36361Matias EstevezMatias EstevezLPts: 2x0World Pro69KGRPC2022
37245Leon LarmanLeon LarmanLN/AEuropean Open76KGR12023
37561Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x2Grand Slam SYD69KGF2023
38811Murilo AmaralMurilo AmaralLPts: 0x0, AdvSydney Open76KGF2023
40324Murilo AmaralMurilo AmaralLTriangleWorld Champ.76KGR12023
21667Alberto SerranoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LA69KGRPC2019
22223Mile IvankovicWStraight ankle lockPan Pac76KG4F2019
22224Chris NiniWPointsPan Pac76KGSF2019
22225Tomoshige SeraWTrianglePan Pac76KGF2019
22275Evandro FilhoWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam RJ69KGR12019
22283Walter AlamoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ69KG8F2019
22287Kennedy SilvaWPts: 8x0Grand Slam RJ69KG4F2019
22294Pedro NetoWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ69KGRPC2019
22296Marlus SalgadoWPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ69KG3RD2019
22972Diogo FreitasWStraight ankle lockGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2020
22974Abdullah NabasWStraight ankle lockGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2020
23075Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWChoke from backEuropean Open70KGR12020
30711Sean GourrierecWAdvBoa Super 8N/A83KG2022
30712Eoin CoughlanWTriangleBoa Super 8N/A83KG2022
32506Matheus GalvaoWStraight ankle lockAtlanta SPO76KGSF2022
32624Michael DiazWChoke from backDenver Open70KGSF2022
32751Alef SilvaWPointsHouston Open70KGSF2022
32753Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWReferee DecisionHouston Open70KGF2022
32892Jun Yong ChoWPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGR12022
33158Mykelti KlinkWRNCADCC AUS Trials66KGR12022
33161Samil AtlihanWRNCADCC AUS Trials66KGR22022
33163Michael MarcoWFootlockADCC AUS Trials66KG4F2022
33168Sean HeWPts: 5x0ADCC AUS Trials66KG3RD2022
35873Hanhee KimWChoke from backPan Pacific76KGSF2022
35877Ramon RosaWPointsPan PacificABS4F2022
35879Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideWPointsPan PacificABSF2022
36356Jose RiosWPts: 14x0World Pro69KGRPC2022
36357D. RazmadzeWPts: 9x0World Pro69KGRPC2022
36358Haidar AbbasWPts: 4x2World Pro69KGRPC2022
37560Vinicius SoaresWPts: 6x2Grand Slam SYD69KGSF2023
44105Toll SimsonWChoke from backPan Pacific76KGRR2023
44107Shinsuke MoribeWPts: 10x4Pan Pacific76KGRR2023
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