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.”
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 www.BrazilianBlackBelt.com”. 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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Felipe Costa Highlight
Felipe Costa Documentary