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James Puopolo

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5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

James Puopolo is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Rafael Lovato Junior who trained extensively with the Ribeiro Brothers (Alexandre and Saulo) and is widely regarded as one of the top North American submission grapplers of his generation. While competing in jiu-jitsu’s international level circuit, Puopolo earned medals in important events such as the ADCC Trials, International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World and Pan Championships.

James Puopolo Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: James Puopolo

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio GracieCarlos Gracie Jr > Carlos Machado > Rafael Lovato Jr > James Puopolo

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC USA Trials (2009/2011)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship  (2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2015)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2009 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2011 brown, 2009 purple)
  • 1st Place US Nationals (2010** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi (2008 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2007 blue)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2011* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2008 purple, 2010** brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2010, 2009 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: X-Guard, Butterfly Guard, Kneebar

Weight Division: Super Pesado (100kg/221lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Humaita

James Puopolo Biography

James Puopolo started training Jiu Jitsu on January 2005, shortly after he finished High School. James had played for his high school basketball team and wanted to pick up boxing, though his father influenced him to take Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instead after watching a few of the early UFC’s.

Training under Rafael Lovato Junior while maintaining a career as a math’s teacher, James Puopolo managed to become one of the top grapplers in the country. He also trained extensively with Ben Baxter and the Ribeiro brothers (Saulo and Xande), reaching his black belt status on October 2011 from Rafael Lovato Junior.

James Puopolo Grappling Record

60 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    40 (67%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

40 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
40
16
#86e620
Armbar
15
6
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
8
3
#d1212a
Guillotine
5
2
#fad11b
Choke from back
5
2
#f58822
Mounted X choke
5
2
#224aba
Triangle
5
2
#ff9124
Katagatame
3
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
3
1
#22c9a5
RNC
3
1
#fad223
Calf slicer
3
1
#03861f
Armlock
3
1
#039a1f
Wristlock
3
1
#03b41f
Arm in guillotine
3
1
40
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
58 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    22 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    26 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

26 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
19
5
#86e620
Toe Hold
12
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
12
3
#d1212a
Footlock
8
2
#fad11b
RNC
8
2
#f58822
Straight armlock
4
1
#224aba
Clock choke
4
1
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
4
1
#bf1f6c
Verbal tap
4
1
#22c9a5
Ezekiel
4
1
#fad223
Kneebar
4
1
#03861f
Ankle lock
4
1
#039a1f
Triangle
4
1
#03b41f
Arm in guillotine
4
1
#03c61f
50/50 armbar
4
1
#03d61f
Botinha
4
1
26
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3552Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3647Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3715Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3730Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3901Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4112Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4249Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4260DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4389Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4501Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4739R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4932Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4941AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
5013Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
5083Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
5108Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5171Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5172Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5175Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5291Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5388Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5501Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5823Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5887Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5989Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6039Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6247Jordan HaymanLPointsFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6268Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6738Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6868Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7476Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7604Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7738Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
8243Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8255Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8439Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds97KGSF2015
9328Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9358Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
10040Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10057R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10846Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
12948Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 35O100KGSPF2017
12958Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13150Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
14332Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 4x0BJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
16479Fernando ReisFernando ReisLRNCWorld Champ.100KG8F2018
16615Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x2American Nat.ABSF2018
16748Max GimenisMax GimenisLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
16862Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KGSF2018
18286Michael LieraMichael LieraLTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18505Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArm in guillotineNoGi Worlds97KGF2018
18752Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open100KG4F2019
18754Helton JoseHelton JoseL50/50 armbarEuropean Open100KGSF2019
19436Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019
20451Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20470Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12019
21533Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 2x0ADCC99KG4F2019
22517Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLStraight armlockNoGi WorldsO97KGF2019
3529Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3546Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3714Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3727Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3890Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4109Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4703Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4724Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
5072Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5075Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5076Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5078T. StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5082Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
5102Tom deBlassTom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
5103Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5177Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5280AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5491Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5492Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5493Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5494Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5495Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5499Filip G MatosWMounted X chokeFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5886Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
6036Steven PattersonWRNCNoGi Worlds100KG4F2014
6244Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6245Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2FIVE NAICABSNA2014
6246Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6727Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6856Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6863Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6866Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7578Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7983Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7984Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8437Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
9348Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
10031Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
10036Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
10039R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10452Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016
13144Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
13311James FosterWKneebarF2W Pro 39100KGSPF2017
13708Bryant PangelinanWTrianglePassion 4ABSSPF2017
16604Kaio CesarWArmbarAmerican Nat.100KGSF2018
16605Wellington PerottoWCalf slicerAmerican Nat.100KGF2018
16611Arin AdjamianWArmlockAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16614Wellington PerottoWKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16851Nathan BarretoWKneebarW.S.O.G.O81KGR12018
16856Victor OliveiraWCross chokeW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
16864Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG3RD2018
16979Daniel PriebeWArmbarSeattle Open100KGF2018
18285Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2018
18501Jorge EscuderoWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KGR12018
18504Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2018
18751Marek ZbrogWMounted X chokeEuropean Open100KG4F2019
19435Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
20497Mauro SoaresWWristlockF2W Pro 112100KGSPF2019
21527Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12019
22515Fernando RibasWArm in guillotineNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2019

James Puopolo vs Arman Barros

James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

James Puopolo vs Matt Owen

 

5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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