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Augusto Mendes “Tanquinho”
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Augusto Mendes “Tanquinho”

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Augusto Mendes, also known as Tanquinho within the Jiu Jitsu community, is a Black belt under the legendary Master of BJJ, Mr Francisco Mansur. Tanquinho is also one of the most recognized referees in BJJ and an amazing professor of the sport, being one of the head instructors at the Soul Fighters camp. In 2011 he started raising some heads his way after a successful weight drop to featherweight (was a lightweight previously) where he competed and defeated some of the biggest names in Jiu Jitsu.

Augusto Mendes Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Augusto Lopes Mendes

Nickname: Tanquinho means “little tank” a name that came after Augusto started “going through” everyone in training. His older brother which started training a year earlier already had the name “Tanque”, so Augusto as the youngest and smallest got “Tanquinho”.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansur > Augusto Mendes

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2012/2015)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion (2011/2013)
  • CBJJ/IBJJF South American Champion (2010**)
  • USBJJF/IBJJF American National Champion (2012)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Teams Champion (2008/2009/2010)
  • Copa Podio “Couples Challenge” Superfight Winner (2013)
  • World Expo Superfight Winner (2014)
  • FJJR Rio State Champion (2008/2010)
  • IBJJF Rio International Open Champion (2009, 2010)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas International Open Champion (2012)
  • IBJJF Boston International Open Runner-up (2012)
  • IBJJF European  Open Runner-up (2013)
  • IBJJF New York International Open Runner-up (2010)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2009/2011/2013)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (2005/2008/2010/2011)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Weight Category: Peso Leve (76.00 kg / 168,00 lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Pressure Passing

Team/Association: Soul Fighters

DVD Releases: The Complete Champion 1 / The Complete Champion 2

Augusto “Tanquinho” Biography

Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes was born March 3, 1983 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began training jiu jitsu in 1997 after his brother Bruno, who had already begun training, encouraged Tanquinho to join him. After being talked into it, he started his jiu jitsu career in Kioto gym in Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro. Just a few classes in, Tanquinho had become completely hooked.

During this time his training was under professors Alvaro and Krauss Mansor, under the supervision of master Francisco Mansor. Just 4 months into training, Tanquinho fought the Rio State Championships and took the bronze medal. It was on this day that Tanquinho found his passion for training and especially for competition.

He began competing at any opportunity, taking second in the Brazilian Championships that same year and winning countless smaller tournaments. By 14 years old Tanquinho was living jiu jitsu and training three times a day.

What was to put him ahead in the gym and in competition came with the invitation to begin teaching at the Kioto gym in 1999. He began his career as a trainer and instructor, always under the close watch of Alvaro and Krauss Mansor, as well as Marcos Carvalho. Carvalho was a major influence during this time, teaching Tanquinho how to teach and correcting any errors.

In 2000 Tanquinho took home his first world title as a blue belt juvenille. In five tough matches he secured his hold on the gold medal and became Kioto’s first world champion. His passion for jiu jitsu was so great at this point that he took every penny he earned teaching class and put it toward a degree in physical education. At the University Estacio de Sá, Tanquinho dedicated himself fully to learn and improve his knowledge about training and teaching.

The Mundial in 2002 meant another world title for Tanquinho, this time after six matches at purple belt featherweight. Moving on in stellar fashion, he took silver in the 2003 Mundial as a brown belt. Despite impressive results in major tournaments, Tanquinho had to lighten up on training in order to finish his degree in Physical Education.

Tanquinho recieved his black belt in December 2004 under 9th degree black belt master Francisco Mansor. He found himself juggling studies with serious training until he finished his degree and becoming a trainer in 2006.

In June 2005, Tanquinho left Kioto gym because of differing ideas for the direction of the gym. With his brother Bruno Mendes, also a black belt at this point, the two left and founded Renovacao BJJ.

It was a difficult time for the brothers, who found that trying to start and run a gym by themselves left little time for the two to focus on their own training. In 2007 Tanquinho began to cross train with his friends Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Leandro “Tatu” Escobar, who had also found themselves without many students to push them. The two joined Tanquinho and Bruno Mendes, along with master Alvaro Mansor, to form the association Soul Fighters in January 2008.

After the founding of Soul Fighters, the structure created a system that allowed Tanquinho to have a tight group of talented training partners. Tanquinho continued evolving winning the Rio Open as a black belt and the Brazilian Team Championships twice–where he competed under GFTeam.

Today Soul Fighters is growing daily, with over 1000 students spanning 20 affiliate schools in Brazil and three internationally (Malaga, Spain; Bucareste, Romania; Tokyo, Japan). The team training has reached a point that approximately 10 black belts, 10 brown belts, and 10 purple belts can be found on the mats pushing training.

Tanquinho is the head instuctor at Tijuca Tenis Club, the legendary location of the Mundial before it moved to the United States. He is in charge of approximately 80 students between the ages of 4 and 60 years old.

Tanquinho is also a renowned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu referee certified by the CBJJ and one of the Federations main referees.

In January 2010, Augusto Tanquinho booked his place in the World Pro Cup (in Abu Dhabi) by winning the Portuguese trials in Lisbon, making a total of 47 points on his way to the podim (in 3 fights!). The first fight he was winning by 15×0 before submitting his opponent with an armbar, the second fight he scored  14×0 before submitting with a choke from the mount, and his final he beat his oponent by 18×0.

Banner photo by: Ross Finlayson

Augusto Mendes Grappling Record

    24 (44%)
    7 (13%)
    14 (26%)
    4 (7%)
    2 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    3 (6%)


Cross choke
Choke from back
Arm in Ezekiel
Toe hold
    11 (44%)
    6 (24%)
    4 (16%)
    4 (16%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Heel hook

Augusto Mendes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1407Reinaldo RibeiroReinaldo RibeiroLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KG4F2006
1737Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG4F2007
1901Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoLPointsWorld Champ.70KG4F2008
2149Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLArmbarPan American76KGSF2009
2197Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsADCC Trials77KG4F2009
2320Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2009
2592Lucas LepriLucas LepriLRNCNo Gi Worlds76KGF2010
2670Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2010
2850Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGSF2011
2909Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsWorld P. NoGi74KGR12011
2927Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsBrasileiro76KGSF2011
3115Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2011
3226Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLHeel hookADCC77KG4F2011
3342Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvNo Gi Worlds76KGF2011
4122Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 4x0IBJJF Pro League82KG4F2012
4318Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsArizona OpenABSF2013
4351Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Copa PodioABSSPF2013
4398Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 2x0European Open70KGF2013
4494Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPointsPan American70KGSF2013
4915Justin RaderJustin RaderLReferee DecisionADCC66KGR12013
7790Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLReferee DecisionADCC66KGSF2015
10605Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG4F2016
10665Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSSF2016
12958Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPointsACBJJ 665KGSF2017
13353Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniLReferee DecisionADCC66KG4F2017
2146UnknownWArmbarPan American76KG4F2009
2513UnknownWArmbarWPC Lx Trials74KG4F2010
2514UnknownWCross chokeWPC Lx Trials74KGSF2010
2515UnknownWPts: 18x0WPC Lx Trials74KGF2010
2591JT TorresJT TorresWPointsNo Gi Worlds76KGSF2010
2756Davi RamosDavi RamosWDQSouth American76KGSF2010
2757Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 0x0, AdvSouth American76KGF2010
2758Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2010
2760Mario ReisMario ReisWDQSouth AmericanABSF2010
2761Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesWPts: 9x0Team Nationals68KGF2010
2846Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 4x0Pan American76KGR12011
2848Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWDQPan American76KG4F2011
2868Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 4x2World Pro.65KGR12011
2871Ryan HallRyan HallWPts: 3x2World Pro.65KG8F2011
2872Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesWAdvWorld Pro.65KG4F2011
2876Eduardo RamosWAdvWorld Pro.65KGSF2011
2877Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.65KGF2011
2987Ryan HallRyan HallWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
3073Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPenWorld Champ.70KG4F2011
3103Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGSF2011
3193Vagner RochaVagner RochaWFootlockADCC77KGR12011
3311Thomas MichaelWArmbarNo Gi Worlds76KG4F2011
3330Della MonicaWPts: 5x0No Gi Worlds76KGSF2011
3664Rodrigo FariasWArm in EzekielAmerican Nat.76KGF2012
4141Steve RosenburgWEzekielLas Vegas Open76KGSF2012
4142Della MonicaWAdvLas Vegas Open76KGF2012
4189Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
4190JT TorresJT TorresWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
4395Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWArmbarEuropean Open70KG4F2013
4396Ed RamosWN/AEuropean Open70KGSF2013
4437Renan BorgesWArmbarNYC World Trials74KGSF2013
4438Marcel GonclavesWPointsNYC World Trials74KGF2013
4487Spenser GuilliamWPts: 15x0Pan American70KGR12013
4491Isaque OliveiraWPointsPan American70KG4F2013
4594Michel MaiaWPts: 2x0World Pro70KGSF2013
4598Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x0World Pro70KGF2013
4718Eduardo RamosWPointsWorld Champ.70KG4F2013
4722Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGSF2013
4723Rafael MendesRafael MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2013
5959Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionWorld ExpoABSSPF2014
6190Rafael DomingosWPts: 2x0Fight Blok Pro79KGSPF2014
7781Nicholas RenierWPts: 3x0ADCC66KGR12015
7786Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsWPenADCC66KG4F2015
7791Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWToe holdADCC66KG3RD2015
8199Matthew MaganaWRNCNoGi Worlds70KG8F2015
8205Vitor PaschoalWKatagatameNoGi Worlds70KG4F2015
8210Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds70KGSF2015
8350AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
9176Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsD---Polaris 370KGSPF2016
10599Ross NichollsWKatagatameNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
10659Nic RubenNic RubenWPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2016
10664Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
11379Jeff GloverJeff GloverWReferee DecisionF2W 25N/ASPF2017
12955Rafael MansurRafael MansurWPointsACBJJ 665KG4F2017
13347Yuta ShimadaWPts: 4x0ADCC66KGE12017

Augusto Tanquinho vs Rafael Mendes

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