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James Puopolo

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Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2013)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship  (2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2018 / 2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2014 / 2015*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2019)

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 in 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 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 in 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
Triangle
5
2
#fad11b
Guillotine
5
2
#f58822
Choke from back
5
2
#224aba
Mounted X choke
5
2
#ff9124
Calf slicer
3
1
#bf1f6c
Armlock
3
1
#22c9a5
Wristlock
3
1
#fad223
Arm in guillotine
3
1
#03861f
Katagatame
3
1
#039a1f
Choke
3
1
#03b41f
RNC
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
Ezekiel
4
1
#224aba
Kneebar
4
1
#ff9124
Ankle lock
4
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
4
1
#22c9a5
Arm in guillotine
4
1
#fad223
50/50 armbar
4
1
#03861f
Botinha
4
1
#039a1f
Straight armlock
4
1
#03b41f
Clock choke
4
1
#03c61f
Inside heel hook
4
1
#03d61f
Verbal tap
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
4391Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4503Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4741R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4934Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4943AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
5015Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
5085Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
5110Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5173Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5174Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5177Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5293Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5390Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5503Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5825Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5889Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5991Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6041Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6249Jordan HaymanLPointsFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6270Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6741Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6871Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7479Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7607Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7741Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
8246Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8258Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8442Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds97KGSF2015
9333Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9363Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
10048Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10065R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10855Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W 17100KGSPF2016
12984Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W 35O100KGSPF2017
12994Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13186Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
14379Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 4x0BJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
16531Fernando ReisFernando ReisLRNCWorld Champ.100KG8F2018
16667Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x2American Nat.ABSF2018
16808Max GimenisMax GimenisLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
16922Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KGSF2018
18368Michael LieraMichael LieraLTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18589Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArm in guillotineNoGi Worlds97KGF2018
18839Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open100KG4F2019
18841Helton JoseHelton JoseL50/50 armbarEuropean Open100KGSF2019
19542Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019
20567Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20586Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12019
21688Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 2x0ADCC99KG4F2019
22727Roberto 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
4705Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4726Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
5074Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5077Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5078Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5080T. StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5084Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
5104Tom deBlassTom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
5105Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5179Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5282AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5493Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5494Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5495Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5496Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5497Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5501Filip G MatosWMounted X chokeFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5888Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
6038Steven PattersonWRNCNoGi Worlds100KG4F2014
6246Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6247Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2FIVE NAICABSNA2014
6248Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6730Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6859Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6866Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6869Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7581Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7986Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7987Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8440Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
9353Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
10039Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
10044Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
10047R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10460Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W 11100KGSPF2016
13180Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
13349James FosterWKneebarF2W 39100KGSPF2017
13749Bryant PangelinanWTrianglePassion 4ABSSPF2017
16656Kaio CesarWArmbarAmerican Nat.100KGSF2018
16657Wellington PerottoWCalf slicerAmerican Nat.100KGF2018
16663Arin AdjamianWArmlockAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16666Wellington PerottoWKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16911Nathan BarretoWKneebarW.S.O.G.O81KGR12018
16916Victor OliveiraWCross chokeW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
16924Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG3RD2018
17042Daniel PriebeWArmbarSeattle Open100KGF2018
18367Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2018
18585Jorge EscuderoWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KGR12018
18588Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2018
18838Marek ZbrogWMounted X chokeEuropean Open100KG4F2019
19541Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
20714Mauro OliveiraWWristlockF2W 114N/ASPF2019
21682Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12019
22725Fernando RibasWArm in guillotineNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2019

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