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João Gabriel Rocha

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João Gabriel Rocha is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), a belt he earned training under the instruction of Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Leandro Escobar. Before earning his black belt (on January 2013), João Gabriel Rocha was regarded as one of the top brown belts in the world, having won every important competition on the BJJ calendar. He has since become one of the top contenders of the super heavyweight black belt division, with medals at the world’s top tournaments.

João Gabriel Rocha Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: João Gabriel de Oliveira e Silva Rocha

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie >Carlson Gracie > Crézio de Souza > André Almeida > Rafael Barbosa/Leandro Escobar > João Gabriel Rocha

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2018/2017)
  • ACB JJ +95 KG Champion (2018)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2013)
  • ADCC Silver Medallist (2013)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2015/2012)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2017*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2012/2011** brown)
  • IBJJF World Juvenile Champion (2008 blue)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF South American Champion (2011 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2012/2011** brown, 2010/2009 purple)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Juvenile Champion (2008 blue)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2009 purple)
  • IBJJF World Championship Juvenile 2nd Place (2008* blue)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2010 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 2nd Place (2012 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favourite Technique: Well Rounded

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

Team/Association: Soul Fighters

João Gabriel Rocha Biography

João Gabriel Rocha was born on the 11th of July, 1991 in Jacarepaguá, though he moved as an infant to the Tijuca burg in Rio de Janeiro. João Gabriel started training as a toddler, more precisely, when he was two years and 8 months old. His Jiu Jitsu initiation came through a Summer camp for toddlers which included Jiu Jitsu in its activities, the instructor was none other then the man who would become responsible for the refereeing of the IBJJF (Jiu Jitsu’s most important governing body), Mr Alvaro Mansur. At the time, João Gabriel’s parents noticed that young Rocha enjoyed BJJ so they enrolled him in an academy where he could train regularly.

Training Jiu Jitsu seemed to be João Gabriel’s calling, and he never stopped practicing BJJ since the beginning. João earned all his junior belts training with Marcos Carvalho, and from the green belt onward  his tuition was handed to Leandro Escobar and Rafael Barbosa. With the support of his family João Gabriel Rocha managed to leave his university studies midway to dedicate himself fully to competition, reaping the benefits of that choice with consecutive wins at the world’s biggest competitions.

At the start of 2013 João Gabriel had the opportunity to compete in the Copa Podio, a professional BJJ event which starred the top talent in Jiu Jitsu’s heavyweight division. Competing as a brown belt (one of the two brown belts carefully selected to be part of the tournament), João Gabriel won two of his 5 fights, proving that he belonged in the black belt circuit. As a result, João Rocha was handed his black belt on that same day, the 13th of January.

Early in 2014 João Gabriel Rocha was diagnosed with cancer and had to stay away from competitions while recovering from his illness. He returned to training on November of that year, set to make a comeback to the sport.

Joao Rocha Grappling Record

68 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    28 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    30 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

30 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
30
9
#86e620
RNC
23
7
#5AD3D1
Submission
10
3
#d1212a
Armbar
7
2
#fad11b
Footlock
7
2
#f58822
Short choke
3
1
#224aba
Kimura
3
1
#ff9124
Katagatame
3
1
#bf1f6c
Botinha
3
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
3
1
#fad223
Calf slicer
3
1
#03861f
Choke
3
1
30
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (7%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Heel Hook
38
3
#86e620
Armbar
25
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
13
1
#d1212a
Arm in ezekiel
13
1
#fad11b
Botinha
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4359Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4362Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4617Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4704Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4767Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4878Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
4997Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5005Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6782Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7040T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
7078Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7396Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7782Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7783Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7875Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9237Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
9904Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10022Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10518Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
11804Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12575Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
12691Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
12872Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13350Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
13798Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPointsACBJJ 8O95KGSF2017
14230Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KGF2017
14251Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSF2017
15636Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
4356Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4361Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4416Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4592Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4693Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4699Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4764Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4766Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4874Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4877R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
4984Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
4991Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
4994Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5000David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5177Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5178Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6776Gustavo Elias DiasGustavo Elias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6834Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6835Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6836R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
7143UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
7144Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7146Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7391Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7395Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7776Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7779Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7868AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7872Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7873Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9224Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWShort chokePan AmericanABSR22016
9228Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
9900Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9901Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9951Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
9953Aaron JhonsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
9968Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
10018Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10517Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10628Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10629Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10678James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
10937Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
10938Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
11075Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio OpenO100KGF2016
11779Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
11793Admilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
11799Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
11803Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12571Marcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12673Aaron JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12684Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
12869James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13126John RickelWTriangleAustin OpenO100KGF2017
13347Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
13795Marcelo BernardoWRNCACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
13964Max GimenisWN/ABJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
13965Otavio NalatiWAdvBJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14225Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2017
14229Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2017
14239James BrascoJames BrascoWCalf slicerNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14242Marcus WilsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14245Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14249Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14415Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
14855Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2018
14858Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2018
14859R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2018

(banner picture taken by: William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix)

João Gabriel vs Thiago Silva WJJPC Rio Qualifier 2011

João Gabriel vs Antonio Borges

João Gabriel Rocha Highlight

 

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