Felipe Costa is a former professional jiu-jitsu competitor, and one of his generation’s main figures in the roosterweight division, who conquered world titles in all three (3) major federations in the sport (IBJJF, UAEJJF, and CBJJO). A black belt under Rodrigo Medeiros “Comprido”, Costa was most recognized for reaching the pinnacle of the sport as a black belt without having had much success at the highest level during his past colored belt career. This success he achieved in the pro-circuit was maintained throughout his career and spanned for 15 years in which Costa consistently maintained a top 3 rank in the division.
Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Felipe P. Costa e Silva
Main Achievements (Adult):
- 1st Place IBJJF World Championships (2003)
- 1st Place CBJJO World Championships (2018)
- 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2008)
- 1st Place IBJJF Rio Open (2013)
- 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2007)
- 1st Place CBJJO Brazilian Cup (2009)
- 1st Place FJJR Rio State Championships (2010)
- 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2011)
- 2nd Place FJJR Rio State Championships (2004 / 2008 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013)
- 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2009 / 2010 / 2011)
- 3rd Place IBJJF World Championships (2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2012 / 2013)
Main Achievements (Masters):
- 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2018)
- 1st Place IBJJF International Masters (2016 / 2013 / 2011 / 2010)
- 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2015)
- 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2015)
- 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019)
- 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2014)
- 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2016)
- 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2011)
- 2nd Place CBJJO Brazilian Cup (2004)
- 2nd Place IBJJF International Masters (2009)
- 2nd Place IBJJF Rio Open (2011)
- 2nd Place FJJR Rio State Championships (2014 / 2015)
- 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2005 / 2009)
- 3rd Place IBJJF International Masters (2008 / 2012)
- 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2013)
Weight Division: Peso Galo (57.5 kg / 126.5lbs)
Team/Association: Brasa Clube de Jiu Jitsu-URCA
Felipe Costa Biography
Felipe Costa was born on September 17, 1978, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Interested in martial arts for self-defense as a child, Felipe joined a jiu-jitsu club in 1991, an academy he represented from white to black belt, albeit, being coached by several different instructors over the years, at this same location. During his progression in the sport, Costa had Rodrigo Comprido as one of his mentors and it was Mr. “Comprido” who promoted Felipe to black belt in 2002.
Felipe’s competitive success, after earning his black belt, came as a surprise to many grappling outlets, particularly once Costa conquered his first world title in 2003. This due to Felipe’s past performances, having never 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 American, Europeans, etc).
Another important landmark in Felipe’s popularity in the sport was the athlete’s first documentary. There he told the story of his steps into becoming World Championship, his underdog story got him many followers and people who admire his unusual steps to reach number one. In 2010 Felipe launched a series of online episodes called “Felipe 30+” in which he gave fans another eye on his path to the World Championships (the Mundial) after a serious injury. The episodes showed a bit of how Felipe programmed his recovery while showing a little of his private life – all these episodes were (and are still) available on YouTube.
Felipe Costa is also an active writer and posts many of his perspectives and experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on his social media. In 2020 Felipe announced his retirement and his last gold medal was in 2019 when became Brazilian National champion for the second time
Picture/Banner taken by BJJ Pix.
Felipe Costa Documentary