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Felipe Costa is a BJJ World Champion and one of the top roster weights in Jiu Jitsu, he became a sensation in grappling after achieving his first gold medal at the World Championships. Felipe had never won a medal at a major competition prior to this, which made him the first competitor ever to win the most coveted of medals at the black belt level without having previously established a name for himself. Felipe Costa is also the author of a successful series of online episodes called “Felipe 30+” which report his preparation for the World Championship after a serious injury.

Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Felipe P. Costa e Silva

Nickname: “Magrinho” – not many people call him by this name, it means skinny guy and it started after Felipe won the World title in 2003 when the magazine NOCAUTE wrote on its coverage of the event “Felipe Costa takes over Skinny’s throne.”

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Rodrigo Medeiros > Felipe Costa

Main Achievements in BJJ – Black Belt:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Champion (2003)
  • 1st Place CBJJO World Champion (2006)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2008)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2007)
  • 1st Place IBJJF International Masters Championship (2010 / 2011 / 2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Open (2013)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2004 / 2008 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Masters (2014)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2009 / 2010 / 2011)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship Masters (2014)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open Masters (2011)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF International Master Championship (2009)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Rio Open (2011)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2012 / 2013)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2005 / 2009)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF International Master Championship (2008 / 2012)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2013)

Weight Division: Peso Galo (Rooster Weight) 57.5kg – 126.5lbs.

Team/Association: Brasa Clube de Jiu Jitsu-URCA

Felipe Costa Biography

Felipe Costa was born in Rio de Janeiro on the 17th of September 1978. The fan of the Fluminense soccer team first started training Jiu-Jitsu in 1991 for self-defense purposes, but soon the sporting side got Felipe’s attention and dedication. Rodrigo Comprido was one of the first coaches of Mr. Costa, an instructor that stood by him through the ranks, awarding him all his belts, including his black belt in 2002.

Felipe’s success in recent years came as a surprise to most in the BJJ community as no other competitor had ever won a World Championship in the black belt division, without having ever placed on a podium of a major competition prior to receiving his black belt. Felipe had competed before in the lower belt divisions but had never won a major tournament (Mundials, Pan Am, Europeans, etc).

In 2010 Felipe launched a series of online episodes called “Felipe 30+” in which he shows his path to the World Championships (the Mundial) after an injury which caused a prolonged absence from training. The episodes show a bit of how Felipe programs his recovery and follows the plan while showing a little of his private life, and had an amazing acceptance from the BJJ community (see the videos of episodes below).

After being interviewed for this article, Felipe said: “I would like to invite everyone to train BJJ in Rio de Janeiro, I have here the BJJ CAMP and the Brazilian Black Belt EXPERIENCE, it’s a program perfect for people interested in visiting Brazil for tourism and learn BJJ. Check out the info at”. If you are thinking about going to Rio de Janeiro, this is an amazing opportunity to take for any BJJ’er of any caliber, from white to black belt.

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  • Alex says:

    The weight class has the wrong weight.

    Felipe competes in the Galo (Rooster) division and it's 57.5kg – 126.5lbs

  • admin says:

    Thanks Alex, nicely spotted!

    My bad…


  • >>World Bronze Medallist (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009)

    Just a note: Felipe also took bronze at this years 2010 mundials!!!

    He joked that he now 'holds the record of bronze medals in the worlds as black. Not sure yet if that is good or bad'


    Well we think its a great achievement and Felipe is awesome so we can't wait to see more from him! Parabéns Felipe!


  • Derek says:

    Nice article

    I have watched all the episodes of 30+ and have followed Felipe throughout the year.

    I first met Felipe last year when my wife and I attended the BJJ Camp. Felipe and the team at the camp have a very good way of instructing so good we are flying out tomorrow to attend this years camp.


  • admin says:

    Bronze Medal added Kauai Kimonos. Obrigado!

    Derek, good luck for the camp, Felipe is an awsome individual you are fortunate to be able to have classes with him.

    All the best,


  • Franz Ong says:

    When did Felipe win his 2nd World title? I can only find a record of him winning his first one in 2003. Just wondering if there's a discrepancy in the information…

  • admin says:

    Hi Franz, his second world title is for CBJJO in 2006. I will change that so it is not confusing.



  • Evans says:

    He is one of the best!!i had classes with him and he is awesome as a instructor and as a person!!funny guy and incredible in his BJJ!A REAL LEGEND!..really happy i know him..

  • Sounds like a great guy and BJJ instructor. I hope to train with someone of his calibre one day…

  • Felipe Costa says:

    Oi André, sera q vc poderia editar meu facebook do profile pra ? Grande abraço e parabéns pelo site, ta muito maneiro

  • winning medals over such a long period of time is a great achievement, I think one of the greatest anyone has achieved at the Mundials

  • Claudio Seabra says:

    I'm happy to train with Felipe champion. He is among the best in the world and deserves recognition and admiration.

  • Jonathan says:

    I am interested in attending one of Felipe Costa's 10 day Camps in Cancun, Mexico with 3 of my young sons and wife (she's the only one not training-she boxes). I also have looked into going to Brazil and training at Pedro Sauer's Camp, however believe it may be more expensive. And then there is also the choice of going to Rio, staying in Connection RIO house and training wherever we want. Doing that route I believe I could possibly train for weeks for the same price as the 10 day Camps.

    Any ideas of which would be more affordable/comfortable for family of 5, also factoring in having 3 boys ages 8, 10, 12 ??

  • Mark says:

    Hi Jonathan,

    I've taken classes with Felipe and although he is not a bad teacher, I personally think he is too expensive, especially the summer camp.

    I've also been at the Connection RIO house for a month. The accommodation there is very basic (which is sufficient for most guests who are twenty-something year old), but I'm not sure if this is the best option for a family.
    They do also have an apartment available nowadays which I have not been to, but possibly this is a better option for your family, so you could send a mail to Dennis if interested.

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