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Kauã Gabriel Barbosa (note that the “ã” in Kauã represents a nasalization at the end of the syllable used in the Portuguese language. e.g. sounds somewhat similar to “hunt” but without the “nt” being pronounced.) commonly known as Kauã Gabriel is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Melqui Galvão who first broke out in the sport back in 2022 after he made the final of the ADCC Brazilian Qualifier in São Paulo as an 18yo purple belt. He would cement his claim as one of the hottest prospects in the sport in the years that followed, particularly in the no-gi circuit.

Kauã Gabriel Barbosa Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Kauã Gabriel De Araujo Barbosa

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie / Rolker Gracie > Augusto Monteiro > Ronnie Melo > Melquisedeque Galvão > Kauã Gabriel

Main Achievements:

  • 2nd Place ADCC Brazil Trials 1 (2024)
  • 2nd Place ADCC Brazil Trials 2 (2022 / 2024)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2023** brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJE Mundial Championship NOGI (2023** brown)

Main Achievements (Junior):

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016)
  • 1st Place CBJJ South American Championship (2017)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019)

Main Achievements (Other):

  • 1st Place FILLS/FASUB Luta Livre Nationals (2022)
  • 1st Place FEJAMA Amazonas Judo State Championship (2020)

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Escola Melqui Galvão

Kauã Gabriel Biography

Kauã Gabriel was born in January 2004 and grew up in Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas.

Being raised by a jiu-jitsu practitioner – his mother, Natalia Oliveira de Araujo was a purple belt at the time and is now a black belt – grappling was a natural path for Gabriel, who started practicing the Gentle Art at the age of 4 under the umbrella of Omar Salum, and his mother, Natalia, who was an instructor at the time and maintained her coaching career as a black belt.

Training at Omar Salum’s school, Kauã went through all the kids’ belt ranks. Midway through 2019, as a green belt, Gabriel started working with coach Melqui Galvao who would eventually take over his tutelage.

While working with coach Melqui, Kauã had access to other instructors from other aspects of grappling such as Luta Livre Esportiva (a form of Brazilian catch wrestling) with Anderson Alves and Judo with Dejanir Nunes, challenging himself in tournaments of these two disciplines as well in the Manaus region.

Competing exclusively on the Brazilian circuit and mostly in the North East region of the country, Kauã Gabriel proved his worth as an athlete in the blue belt division which led to his purple belt promotion in June 2021, and later his brown belt in May 2022.

By the end of his purple belt campaign, Kauã started gaining recognition in the no-gi scene. The habit persisted as a brown belt, leading to his black belt promotion on September 26, 2023, after an epic double-gold performance at the CBJJ Brazilian National No-Gi Championship. The rank was awarded by his instructor, Mr. Melqui Galvao.

NOTE REGARDING KAUA GABRIEL’S RECORD

Traditionally BJJ Heroes has only accounted for black belt records as they signify an athlete’s entry into our sport’s elite ranks. Gabriel, however, is a special case as he’s been competing in the pro-grappling circuit before his promotion. This has left BJJ Heroes with a delicate predicament of defining when to start accounting for the young player’s match records.

Considering the real potential Kaua has of one day conquering the ADCC World Championship, we have decided to add his matches in the event’s Brazil qualifiers in 2022, before him being ranked as a black belt. We did this for historical purposes but our readers should be mindful that Gabriel competed as a black belt for the first time at the AIGA Finals in 2023.

Kaua Gabriel Grappling Record

20 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (10%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (70%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
50
7
#86e620
Inside heel hook
21
3
#5AD3D1
Submission
14
2
#d1212a
Toe hold
7
1
#fad11b
Armbar
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
6 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (33%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Kaua Gabriel Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
30011Diogo ReisDiogo ReisLReferee DecisionADCC BR1 Trials66KGR22022
30229Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLRNCADCC BR2 Trials66KGF2022
45903Dominic MejiaLPointsAIGA Finals65KGF2023
47241Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 3x0ADCC BRA 166KGF2024
47583Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLReferee DecisionADCC BRA266KGF2024
48586Leonardo AndradeLPts: 0x0, AdvRio Fall NGOABSF2024
30002Ivan DiasWSubmissionADCC BR1 Trials66KGR12022
30205Djalma CastroWPts: 3x2ADCC BR2 Trials66KGR22022
30221Felipe NacibWReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials66KG8F2022
30225Felipe MachadoWReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials66KG4F2022
30228Cleber SousaCleber SousaWInside heel hookADCC BR2 Trials66KGSF2022
45893Atakeldy EsetovWReferee DecisionAIGA Finals65KGSF2023
47223A. SaaWPts: 12x0ADCC BRA 166KGR12024
47226Arthur AzevedoWToe holdADCC BRA 166KGR22024
47232F. PaivaWArmbarADCC BRA 166KG8F2024
47237David SantosWReferee DecisionADCC BRA 166KG4F2024
47240K. PereiraWStraight ankle lockADCC BRA 166KGSF2024
47564Gabriel FonsecaWStraight ankle lockADCC BRA266KGR12024
47569Julio SuziganWSubmissionADCC BRA266KGR22024
47574Guilherme BalieiroWStraight ankle lockADCC BRA266KG8F2024
47579David SantosWStraight ankle lockADCC BRA266KG4F2024
47582Iago SiqueiraWStraight ankle lockADCC BRA266KGSF2024
48567Joao InacioWStraight ankle lockRio Fall NGO73KGSF2024
48569Claudiney XavierWInside heel hookRio Fall NGO73KGF2024
48581Lucas PascoalWInside heel hookRio Fall NGOABS4F2024
48585Lucas SilvaWStraight ankle lockRio Fall NGOABSSF2024
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