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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

53 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    3 (6%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
36
5
#86e620
Katagatame
14
2
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
7
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
7
1
#fad11b
Footlock
7
1
#f58822
Arm in Ezekiel
7
1
#224aba
Ezekiel
7
1
#ff9124
Toe hold
7
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
24 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (25%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
25
1
#86e620
Armbar
25
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
25
1
#d1212a
Heel hook
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Augusto Mendes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1398Reinaldo RibeiroReinaldo RibeiroLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KG4F2006
1728Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG4F2007
1891Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoLPointsWorld Champ.70KG4F2008
2132Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLArmbarPan American76KGSF2009
2180Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsADCC Trials77KG4F2009
2303Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2009
2574Lucas LepriLucas LepriLRNCNo Gi Worlds76KGF2010
2652Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2010
2821Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGSF2011
2880Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsWorld P. NoGi74KGR12011
2895Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsBrasileiro76KGSF2011
3083Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2011
3189Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLHeel hookADCC77KG4F2011
3305Lucas LepriLucas LepriLAdvNo Gi Worlds76KGF2011
4072Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 4x0IBJJF Pro League82KG4F2012
4259Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsArizona OpenABSF2013
4292Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Copa PodioABSSPF2013
4339Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 2x0European Open70KGF2013
4435Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPointsPan American70KGSF2013
4848Justin RaderJustin RaderLReferee DecisionADCC66KGR12013
7693Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLReferee DecisionADCC66KGSF2015
10497Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG4F2016
10557Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSSF2016
12836Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPointsACBJJ 665KGSF2017
2129UnknownWArmbarPan American76KG4F2009
2495UnknownWArmbarWPC Lx Trials74KG4F2010
2496UnknownWCross chokeWPC Lx Trials74KGSF2010
2497UnknownWPts: 18x0WPC Lx Trials74KGF2010
2573JT TorresJT TorresWPointsNo Gi Worlds76KGSF2010
2738Davi RamosDavi RamosWDQSouth American76KGSF2010
2739Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 0x0, AdvSouth American76KGF2010
2740Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2010
2742Mario ReisMario ReisWDQSouth AmericanABSF2010
2743Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesWPts: 9x0Team Nationals68KGF2010
2817Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 4x0Pan American76KGR12011
2819Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWDQPan American76KG4F2011
2839Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 4x2World Pro.65KGR12011
2842Ryan HallRyan HallWPts: 3x2World Pro.65KG8F2011
2843Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesWAdvWorld Pro.65KG4F2011
2847Eduardo RamosWAdvWorld Pro.65KGSF2011
2848Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.65KGF2011
2955Ryan HallRyan HallWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
3041Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPenWorld Champ.70KG4F2011
3071Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGSF2011
3156Wagner RochaWFootlockADCC77KGR12011
3274Thomas MichaelWArmbarNo Gi Worlds76KG4F2011
3293Della MonicaWPts: 5x0No Gi Worlds76KGSF2011
3624Rodrigo FariasWArm in EzekielAmerican Nat.76KGF2012
4091Steve RosenburgWEzekielLas Vegas Open76KGSF2012
4092Della MonicaWAdvLas Vegas Open76KGF2012
4139Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
4140JT TorresJT TorresWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2012
4336Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWArmbarEuropean Open70KG4F2013
4337Ed RamosWN/AEuropean Open70KGSF2013
4378Renan BorgesWArmbarNYC World Trials74KGSF2013
4379Marcel GonclavesWPointsNYC World Trials74KGF2013
4428Spenser GuilliamWPts: 15x0Pan American70KGR12013
4432Isaque OliveiraWPointsPan American70KG4F2013
4527Michel MaiaWPts: 2x0World Pro70KGSF2013
4531Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x0World Pro70KGF2013
4651Eduardo RamosWPointsWorld Champ.70KG4F2013
4655Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGSF2013
4656Rafael MendesRafael MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2013
5882Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionWorld ExpoABSSPF2014
6106Rafael DomingosWPts: 2x0Fight Blok Pro79KGSPF2014
7684Nicholas RenierWPts: 3x0ADCC66KGR12015
7689Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsWPenADCC66KG4F2015
7694Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWToe holdADCC66KG3RD2015
8102Matthew MaganaWRNCNoGi Worlds70KG8F2015
8108Vitor PaschoalWKatagatameNoGi Worlds70KG4F2015
8113Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds70KGSF2015
8250AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
9074Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsD---Polaris 370KGSPF2016
10491Ross NichollsWKatagatameNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
10551Nic RubenNic RubenWPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2016
10556Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
11261Jeff GloverJeff GloverWReferee DecisionF2W 25N/ASPF2017
12833Rafael MansurRafael MansurWPointsACBJJ 665KG4F2017

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