Enrico Cocco is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Marcos and David Avellan, who specialized in the no-gi facet of the sport, particularly in the American competitive circuit. Cocco was regarded as a grappling prodigy as a teenager, a reputation earned through his repeated victories in adult divisions of local and national tournaments. Enrico Cocco is also the head instructor and founder of Zen Jiu Jitsu, as well as a role model and active spokesperson for the benefits of plant based diets in our sport.
Enrico Cocco Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Enrico Daniel Cocco
Nickname: “Teenage Phenom” a name often used to describe Cocco during his early jiu jitsu days.
- ADCC US Trials Champion (2009, 2011, 2014)
- Grapplers Quest Pro Star Champion (2009)
- Pan American No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2014)
- Sapateiro Invitational Runner-up (2016)
- World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2014)
Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard
Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)
Team/Association: Zen Jiu Jitsu / Fight Sports
Enrico Cocco Biography
Enrico Cocco was born on October 8, 1987 in Miami, Florida – United States.
His parents owned a taekwondo school since 1985, and instilled in Enrico a love for martial arts from early on, formally introducing him to structured classes at the age of 4. Cocco would go on to be an assistant instructor at the academy as a child and earn his black belt in TKD as a teenager.
When Enrico was 13 years old, one of the Avellan brothers started dating his older sister. Through that relationship Cocco was introduced to jiu jitsu, starting his grappling classes at Avellan’s Freestyle Fighting Academy.
The Avellan brothers were both former high school wrestlers who transitioned to shootfighting (a form of mixed martial arts [MMA]) while training under Randy Ibarra. Highly versed in grappling, the brothers also sought out formal jiu jitsu instruction, finding it in Ricardo Teixeira. The man who promoted the Avellan’s to black belt.
By the time he was 15 years old, Enrico was already being pointed as a future star in the sport of grappling, thanks to his competitive accolades. It was also around that time that Cocco started coaching jiu jitsu at the Avellan brother’s gym, a job he held until his 21st birthday – 2007. The same year when Enrico earned his black belt.
Around 2009 Enrico Cocco opened the doors of his own academy – Zen Jiu Jitsu, distancing himself from the Freestyle Fighting Academy. Working almost exclusively with his own students, Cocco conquered some important wins in prestigious tournaments such as the ADCC US Trials.
In 2013, after losing a 0-0 referee decision to Vagner Rocha at the ADCC North American trials. Enrico was invited by Vagner, to come and train at Fight Sport’s pro class, a group supervised by Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. Enrico accepted the invitation and was pleased with the group, starting a relationship with the team that led Cyborg to offer Cocco his IBJJF black belt certificate.
Enrico Cocco Grappling Record
20 SUBMISSIONS WINS
4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Enrico Cocco Fight History
|2076||Brian McLaughlin||L||Pts: 2x0||GQ Pro Star||ABS||N/A||2009|
|2456||Daniel MoraesDaniel Moraes||L||Points||GQ Europa||77KG||F||2010|
|2462||Renan Borges||L||Pts: 4x0||GQ UFC Expo||ABS||N/A||2010|
|2749||Bill CooperBill Cooper||L||Pts: 2x0||GQ UFC Expo||ABS||NA||2010|
|3194||Leonardo VieiraLeonardo Vieira||L||Pts: 6x0||ADCC||77KG||R1||2011|
|4299||Vagner RochaVagner Rocha||L||Referee Decision||ADCC US Trials||77KG||SF||2013|
|5062||AJ AgazarmAJ Agazarm||L||Pts: 4x0||NoGi Worlds||ABS||R1||2013|
|5955||Thiago AbreuThiago Abreu||L||Pts: 2x0||NoGi Worlds||79KG||SF||2014|
|7252||Eddie CummingsEddie Cummings||L||Inside heel hook||EBI 3||77KG||4F||2015|
|7821||Gabriel RolloGabriel Rollo||L||Pts: 8x0||ADCC||77KG||R1||2015|
|8982||Gordon RyanGordon Ryan||L||Inside heel hook||Sapateiro Inv.||ABS||F||2016|
|10361||Lucas BarbosaLucas Barbosa||L||Pts: 6x1||Grappling Pro||77KG||SF||2016|
|10364||Garry TononGarry Tonon||L||Inside heel hook||Grappling Pro||77KG||3RD||2016|
|10703||AJ AgazarmAJ Agazarm||L||Pts: 2x0||NoGi Worlds||73KG||4F||2016|
|10748||Felipe CesarFelipe Cesar||L||Pts: 8x6||NoGi Worlds||ABS||R1||2016|
|11220||Dan Martinez||L||Points||Sapateiro 6||ABS||R1||2017|
|13495||Celso ViniciusCelso Vinicius||L||Pts: 3x0||ADCC||77KG||E1||2017|
|14096||Gianni GrippoGianni Grippo||D||Pts: 0x0||Kasai Pro||70KG||RR||2017|
|14107||Celso ViniciusCelso Vinicius||L||Guillotine||Kasai Pro||70KG||RR||2017|
|2075||Seph Smith||W||Armbar||GQ Pro Star||ABS||N/A||2009|
|2190||Unknown||W||Submission||ADCC US Trials||77KG||R1||2009|
|2191||Unknown||W||Points||ADCC US Trials||77KG||4F||2009|
|2192||Brian McLaughlin||W||Guillotine||ADCC US Trials||77KG||SF||2009|
|2193||Jacob Volkmann||W||Toe hold||ADCC US Trials||77KG||F||2009|
|2452||Chris Westfall||W||Injury||GQ Europa||77KG||4F||2010|
|2455||Edson Diniz||W||Inside heel hook||GQ Europa||77KG||SF||2010|
|2457||Kevin Macmullen||W||Outside heel hook||GQ US Nationals||76KG||N/A||2010|
|2458||Rob Greenidge||W||RNC||GQ US Nationals||76KG||N/A||2010|
|2459||J. Satava||W||N/A||GQ US Nationals||76KG||N/A||2010|
|2460||Andre Vaughan||W||North south choke||GQ UFC Expo||76KG||N/A||2010|
|2461||Javier Valenciano||W||Armbar||GQ UFC Expo||ABS||N/A||2010|
|3167||Santino Franco||W||Inside heel hook||ADCC WC Trials||77KG||R1||2011|
|3168||Dustin Akbari||W||Toe hold||ADCC WC Trials||77KG||4F||2011|
|3169||Jason Manly||W||Points||ADCC WC Trials||77KG||SF||2011|
|3170||Shawn WilliamsShawn Williams||W||Points||ADCC WC Trials||77KG||F||2011|
|4298||Unknown||W||Heel hook||ADCC US Trials||77KG||4F||2013|
|5612||Nathan Orchard||W||Points||ADCC US Trials||77KG||R1||2014|
|5613||Unknown||W||Inside heel hook||ADCC US Trials||77KG||4F||2014|
|5614||Matt Skaff||W||Inside heel hook||ADCC US Trials||77KG||SF||2014|
|5615||E. Cummings||W||Points||ADCC US Trials||77KG||F||2014|
|7247||Stephen Martinez||W||Heel hook||EBI 3||77KG||R1||2015|
|8976||Adam Collarlie||W||Outside heel hook||Sapateiro Inv.||ABS||4F||2016|
|8980||Jason Hayden||W||Inside heel hook||Sapateiro Inv.||ABS||SF||2016|
|10358||Anderson Melo||W||Inside heel hook||Grappling Pro||77KG||4F||2016|
|10701||Fabio CaloiFabio Caloi||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||NoGi Worlds||73KG||R2||2016|
|14097||Edwin Ocasio||D||---||Kasai Pro||70KG||RR||2017|
|15089||John CombsJohn Combs||W||Inside heel hook||F2W Pro 68||77KG||SPF||2018|
Enrico Cocco interview on vegan diet
Enrico Cocco feature film
Enrico Cocco vs Jason Hayden