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Baret Yoshida

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One of the main American figures in Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling tournaments at the turn of the millennium, the Hawaiian Baret Yoshida is an ADCC medallist and World No Gi Champion who earned his black belt training under Egan Inoue guidance, having fought against the elite of BJJ with some very solid wins – such as his win over Alexandre Soca (2001). those aforementioned accomplishments together with his exquisite use of the guard, quickly made Baret a worldwide fan favorite. Baret Yoshida also competed in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) becoming an important grappling coach at the same time; he is also a published author with a grappling book and DVD that were very well accepted by the community.

Baret Yoshida Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Baret Yoshida

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio GracieCarlson Gracie > André Pederneiras > John Lewis > Egan Inoue > Barret Yoshida

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2008 / 2009 / 2018 & 2019 Master 3)
  • 1st Place Copa Hawaii Champion (2004 / 2005 / 2006)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Champion (2018 Master 3)
  • F2W Pro Bantamweight Champion (2016)
  • F2W Pro Bantamweight No-Gi Champion (2018)
  • 2nd Place ADCC World Championship (2003 / 2001)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2010)
  • 3rd Place ADCC World Championship (2007)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (1997 blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (1998 blue, 1999 purple)

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70kg-154lbs) and Pluma (64kg-141lbs)

Team/Association: Arena MMA

Baret Yoshida’s Biography

Baret Yoshida was born in Hawaii, United States on the 26th of April, 1975. He started training Jiu Jitsu in 1994 at Relson Gracie’s academy, one of the oldest and most established academies in the region. He trained under the Gracie for a number of years, achieving his purple belt with him. In 1999 however, he decided to switch camps and move to the Inoue brother’s gym, led by Egan and Enson “Yamato Damashii” Inoue.

Though Baret already had important wins at an international stage in the lower belts, it was his participation in the 1999 ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) that put Yoshida’s name on the map. Baret Yoshida had fought on the trials and made it to the final, though he lost. He was called to the finals as an alternate because one of the competitors had injured himself and could no longer compete. In that tournament, the younger and less experienced Baret gave a very tough challenge to one of the most dominant fighters to have ever competed, Royler Gracie. Yoshida lost a chance to medal, but he gained a legion of fans and was invited into the tournament in the following years. In those tournaments, Yoshida would solidify his name as one of the best Nogi competitors in the world medalling on 3 occasions in arguably the toughest submission wrestling tournaments in the world.

An admitted admirer of the Nogi game, Baret decided to also taste the feel of Mixed Martial Arts action. He has had somewhat of a mixed record, fighting mainly big names such as Jeff Curran and Masahiro Oishi.

After a long list of achievements, including a silver medal at the world’s most challenging Nogi competition, Egan Inoue awarded Baret Yoshida his black belt in BJJ, in 2002.

Baret Yoshida Grappling Record

    4 (6%)
    0 (0%)
    53 (84%)
    4 (6%)
    0 (0%)
    1 (2%)


Crucifix choke
Anaconda choke
Bow and arrow
Heel hook
No-gi ezekiel
Flying armbar
Cross choke
Choke from back
    14 (54%)
    2 (8%)
    3 (12%)
    5 (19%)
    1 (4%)
    1 (4%)


Inside heel hook
Baseball choke

Baret Yoshida Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
310Sasha PalvskiLPts: 4x0ADCC66KG4F1999
361Garth TaylorGarth TaylorLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR11999
404Royler GracieRoyler GracieLPts: 2x0ADCC66KGR12000
504Royler GracieRoyler GracieLPts: 2x0ADCC66KGF2001
736Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLPts: 11x0Gracie Pac. RimABSSF2002
772Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 6x0ADCC66KGF2003
1134Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 19x0Budo Challenge77KGSF2005
1660Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPointsADCCABSR12007
1680Rany YahyaRany YahyaLPointsADCC66KGSF2007
2229Justin RaderJustin RaderLAdvADCC66KGR12009
2623Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR12010
2751Samir ChantreSamir ChantreLAdvAmerican Nat.70KGSF2010
3179Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesLBaseball chokeSan Diego Trials65KGF2011
3262Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPointsADCC66KG4F2011
3733James PuopoloJames PuopoloLPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
4982Nicolas RenierLPointsADCC66KGR12013
5099Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds70KG4F2013
5874Jeff GloverJeff GloverD---Metamoris 4ABSSPF2014
7818Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsLInside heel hookEBI 465KGSF2015
8032Robson MouraRobson MouraD---Polaris 270KGSPF2015
8799Josh HingerJosh HingerD---Gracie NoGi WorldsABSF2015
9866Milton BastosMilton BastosLReferee DecisionFTW Pro 5ABSSPF2016
10299Mike DavilaLEBI/OTEBI 765KG4F2016
11270Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsLInside heel hookEBI 1061KGSF2016
11428Pablo SilvaPablo SilvaLReferee DecisionF2W 2170KGSPF2017
13909Kuba WitkowskiLPts: 0x0, PenADCC66KGE12017
15072Cleber LucianoLReferee DecisionF2W 6170KGSPF2018
20851Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLReferee DecisionF2W 11461KGSPF2019
23420Kory ParedesLReferee DecisionF2W 13665KGSPF2020
307Wellington DiasWellington DiasWFlying armbarADCC66KGR11999
489Katsuya ToidaWReferee DecisionContenders70KGSF2001
490Kid YamamotoWDQContenders70KGF2001
497Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWKneebarADCC66KGR12001
501N. UematsuWTriangleADCC66KG4F2001
503Alexandre SocaAlexandre SocaWKneebarADCC66KGSF2001
624Masakazu ImanariWRNCKingdom JapanNASPF2002
765K. ToidaWRNCADCC66KGR12003
768Mike MrkulicWRNCADCC66KG4F2003
771Alexandre SocaAlexandre SocaWPts: 9x6ADCC66KGSF2003
1347UnknownWRNCZST GFT70KG4F2006
1348Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWReferee DecisionZST GFT70KGSF2006
1349Shuichi KatsumuraWRNCZST GFT70KGF2006
1673Eddie SanchezWRNCADCC66KGR12007
1677Yoshitomi MishimaWTriangleADCC66KG4F2007
1682Tetsu SuzukoWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG3PLC2007
2000UnknownWRNCNoGi Worlds70KGNA2008
2001UnknownWRNCNoGi Worlds70KG4F2008
2002Robson RodriguesWRNCNoGi Worlds70KGF2008
2079Naoya UematsuWCross chokeTaiwan OpenABS4F2008
2080Takizawa KeusukeWCrucifix chokeTaiwan OpenABSSF2008
2081AramakiWRNCTaiwan OpenABSF2008
2083Takezawa KeisukeWHeel hookTaiwan OpenABSR12009
2084Makoto ikutaWCrucifix chokeTaiwan OpenABS4F2009
2085Makoto OgasawaraWHeel hookTaiwan OpenABSSF2009
2086Daniel CharlesWCrucifix chokeTaiwan OpenABSF2009
2090Chris HoldsworthChris HoldsworthWKneebarNAGA LV70KGF2009
2407Leandro EscobarLeandro EscobarWRNCNoGi Worlds70KG4F2009
2408Denny ProkoposDenny ProkoposWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds70KGSF2009
2410Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWRNCNoGi Worlds70KGF2009
2450Kohei YasumiWTriangleDeep SPFNASPF2010
2461Kohei YasumiWTriangleDEEP X 05SPFABS2010
3225Nicolas RenierWRNCADCC66KGR12011
7812Dennis DombrowWKneebarEBI 465KGR12015
7813Randall DolfWRNCEBI 465KG4F2015
9099Nobuo YagaiWCrucifix chokeF2W 470KGSPF2016
9457Juan BernardoWChoke from backSubConABSSPF2016
10293Alex EklinWRNCEBI 765KGR12016
10313Woolf BarnatoWReferee DecisionF2W 872KGSPF2016
10538Mike ReynaWBow and arrowF2W 1370KGSPF2016
11263Eric MedinaWEBI/OTEBI 1061KGR12016
11268Arturo CadenasWNo-gi ezekielEBI 1061KG4F2016
12039Ron HendersonWBow and arrowFIVE SL70KGSPF2017
15069Cristobal ChavezWCrucifix chokeGracie WorldN/ASF2018
15070Damon MorganWRNCGracie WorldN/AF2018
16412Paulo CezarWArmbarF2W 7570KGSPF2018
16753Kelly JohnsonWAnaconda chokeF2W 7865KGSPF2018
17992Kristian WoodmanseeKristian WoodmanseeWAnaconda chokeF2W 9060KGSPF2018
18450Andre PontesWKneebarF2W 9565KGSPF2018
18721N/AWCrucifix chokeNoGi Worlds70KG4F2018
18722Flavio MeierWAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds70KGSF2018
18723Marlond VeraWRNCNoGi Worlds70KGF2018
19379Gabriel SaWN/ALA BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
19380J. NovalWAnaconda chokeLA BJJ Pro70KGF2019
20960Marcus NoratMarcus NoratWCrucifix chokeF2W 11765KGSPF2019
21762Antonio LopezWCrucifix chokeF2W 12670KGSPF2019
27193Jeff NolascoWCrucifix chokeF2W 180N/ASPF2021
27695Bernardo PitelBernardo PitelWAnaconda chokeF2W 18361KGSPF2021
28427T. YoshiokaWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 665KGSPF2021
30761Jeff HuangWAnaconda chokeF2W 200N/ASPF2022
34557Tim MendozaWCrucifix chokeF2W 210N/ASPF2022
36973Garry NakamuraWKneebarF2W 126N/ASPF2022

Baret Yoshida vs Naoya Uematsu

Baret Yoshida vs Christ Holdsworth

Baret Yoshida vs Christian Broadnax

Baret Yoshida vs Alex Ferreira

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  • Sweepking says:

    If I recall correctly, it was in the ADCC 2000 and not the 1999 ADCC that Baret faced Royler. He lost his first match to Royler, and sunk in a really tight armbar that Royler escaped. Baret submitted Megaton in ADCC 1999 and fought in the Absolute as well. Notable achievement by Baret was tapping out black belts when he was a blue, and one such black belt was Vitor 'Shaolin'.

    • Alan says:

      Also that he has been training Judo that specialized in groundwork for longer than a decade before taking Jiu-Jitsu.

  • juan says:

    Are you going to put profiles on Egan Inoue i think he deserves one since hes the first american to ever win a mundials at any belt color.ALso John Lewis?

  • ryan says:

    You forgot to mention he was a silver medalist in 1997 as blue belt in the pan ams

  • Baret Yoshida says:

    I started BJJ under Relson Gracie in 1994.I got my black belt from Egan Inoue in 2001.Also I got silver in ibjjf pan ams in 1997

    • bjjheroes says:

      Thanks Baret. I'll change that for you.

      • Baret Yoshida says:

        Your missing my f2w with jeff nolasco that I won by assassin choke
        Your also kissing my f2w in Hawaii I submit jeff huang by anaconda choke

      • Baret Yoshida says:

        There’s a few more updates I beat nolasco in F2w by crucifix choke and I also beat jeff huang in f2w by anaconda choke.
        Besides that I won the ibjjf masters international this year as well as last year with all submissions if you give me an email I can send you the details for 2021 and 2022

    • Don Cabinian says:

      Aloha baret how u doing? Hope all is well. Wish'n u happy holidays! Take care God bless my friend!
      Don Richie Ryan and Dad CABINIAN

      • Don Cabinian says:

        I'm a relson Gracie jj started in 1992-93. Walked in the academy, look'd at the grand master picture frame on the wall! step'd on the mat and relson through me to the lions!( baret yoshida)
        To b da best u have to train with the best! Abriga'do relson Gracie
        Don Cabinian

  • Ray says:

    Hey andre I think you made a mistake.He got a silver medal in pan ams as a blue belt in 1997

  • He losses in the Eddie Bravo invitacional by sobmission this 2014

  • Baret Yoshida says:

    In f2w 180 I choke out jeff nolasco by crucifix choke.
    You added my last f2w match but two f2w’s ago in 180 I crucifixes jeff nolasco

  • Great Sayiaman says:

    Also I would like to Add, Baret Yoshida does have a nickname and he is known as “The Finisher” for his crazy finishing skills.

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