Jhenifer Aquino Gonzaga is a jiu-jitsu black belt under André Galvão and a representative of the Atos Jiu-Jitsu Academy, who’s worked extensively with Bernardo Faria and André Ricardo (Garapa). Aquino started making a name in the sport as a colored belt after excellent performances on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit, namely through her wins at the World and Pan American tournaments. Jhenifer Aquino is also the twin sister of a top-tier BJJ athlete, Thamires Aquino, and is the wife of a prolific jiu-jitsu black belt, Matheus Gonzaga.
Jhenifer Aquino Jiu-Jitsu
Full Name: Jhenifer Aquino Gonzaga
Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar >André Galvão > Jhenifer Aquino
- 1st Place IBJJF World Champion NOGI (2022)
- 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2022)
- 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2023)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2021 brown)
- 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020 purple, 2021 brown)
- 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2021 brown)
- 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2020 brown)
- 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019 purple)
Favorite Position/Technique: Pressure Passing / Open Guard
Weight Division: Peso Galo (48,5kg / 107.0 lbs)
Jhenifer Aquino Biography
Jhenifer Aquino was born on September 06, 1994, in São Paulo, Brazil.
Growing up in a family closely connected with a sporting lifestyle it came naturally for Jhenifer to align her daily life with several different activities from an early age. The first sport she practiced with a passion was capoeira at age 11, but her life was filled with many other games such as handball, volleyball, and football (soccer).
It was by the influence of her twin sister, Thamires, that 15-year-old Jhenifer tried her first jiu-jitsu class. Thamires had started training at André Ricardo’s class during the previous year and was thoroughly enjoying the experience which propelled Jhenifer to join.
Coach André Ricardo soon realized both sisters were naturally gifted in jiu-jitsu and instilled in them a love for the competitive aspect of this martial art. Unlike her sister, who went on to pursue a career in the sport early on, Jhenifer opted to finish her university studies, relinquishing jiu-jitsu for academia as a blue belt.
For a few years, Jhenifer practiced BJJ sporadically and solely for recreational purposes. It was only after meeting her (now) husband, black belt Matheus Gonzaga, that Aquino rekindled her passion for the sport and started practicing it more regularly at Bernardo Faria‘s Academy in Massachusetts, USA, where Aquino earned her purple belt.
It was as a purple belt that Jhenifer moved to San Diego, California, with her husband, with the intention of joining the Atos Jiu-Jitsu Academy Headquarters. Once in the Golden State, Aquino became a full-time athlete, competing extensively and becoming one of the foremost grapplers in the colored belt divisions.
The string of important results in jiu-jitsu’s top tournaments led to Jhenifer Aquino’s brown and black belt promotions, both led by team leader André Galvão, the latter taking place on December 28, 2021.
Jhenifer Aquino Grappling Record
- BY DQ
5 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
0 SUBMISSION LOSSES
Jhenifer Aquino Fight History
|31729||Mayssa BastosMayssa Bastos||L||Pts: 4x0||Pan American||49KG||SF||2022|
|32676||Amber Freitas||L||Points||Denver NGO||47KG||F||2022|
|33047||Brenda LarissaBrenda Larissa||L||Pts: 2x2, Adv||World Champ.||49KG||SF||2022|
|38451||Jessica CarolineJessica Caroline||L||Pts: 0x0||Pan American||49KG||F||2023|
|30976||Amber Freitas||W||Choke from back||LA Open||49KG||SF||2022|
|30978||Kaori Hernandez||W||DQ||LA Open||49KG||F||2022|
|32464||Brenda Dang||W||Choke from back||SD NGO||49KG||F||2022|
|32653||Amber Freitas||W||Armbar||Denver Open||49KG||F||2022|
|33042||Brenda Dang||W||Botinha||World Champ.||49KG||R1||2022|
|33043||Mariana RolsztMariana Rolszt||W||Referee Decision||World Champ.||49KG||4F||2022|
|33436||Giulia GregorutGiulia Gregorut||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||American Nat.||49KG||SF||2022|
|33438||Mariana RolsztMariana Rolszt||W||Pts: 2x0||American Nat.||49KG||F||2022|
|35591||Lavinia Barbosa||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||NoGi Pan||46KG||SF||2022|
|35593||Amber Freitas||W||Pts: 7x2||NoGi Pan||46KG||F||2022|
|36886||Mariana RolsztMariana Rolszt||W||Kimura||NoGi Worlds||46KG||SF||2022|
|36887||Giulia GregorutGiulia Gregorut||W||Pts: 2x2, Adv||NoGi Worlds||46KG||F||2022|
|38448||Lavinia Barbosa||W||Referee Decision||Pan American||49KG||4F||2023|
|38449||Brenda LarissaBrenda Larissa||W||Referee Decision||Pan American||49KG||SF||2023|