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Masahiro Iwasaki

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Half Guard Anthology Instructional by Lachlan Giles

Masahiro Iwasaki is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Marco Barbosa (as well as a former student of Yasuhiro Miyamoto) who is regarded as one of the top Japanese grappling competitors of his generation; known also as a member of the prestigious Tokyo based academy Carpe Diem. As a black belt Masahiro Iwasaki conquered medals in the IBJJF European International Open, IBJJF Asian Open as well as at the ASJJF All Japan Championship.

Masahiro Iwasaki Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Masahiro Iwasaki

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Masahiro Iwasaki

Main Achievement:

  • ASJJF All Japan Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Nagoya Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF European Open 2nd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF Asian Open 2nd Place (2015/2016/2017)
  • IBJJF NY Spring Open 2nd Place (2016)
  • IBJJF European Open 3rd Place (2017)

Position/Technique: Deep Half-Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Carpe Diem

Masahiro Iwasaki Biography

Masahiro Iwasaki was born on January 27, 1989 in Kobe – the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture located in the Osaka Bay of Japan.

While growing up Iwasaki became fascinated by martial arts, starting his combat training early in life through karate. His love for fighting grew exponentially with the growth of the legendary Japanese mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion: Pride FC, which reached its popularity peak during Masahiro’s teenage years.

The style of Brazilian jiu jitsu stood out to Iwasaki after the epic 2002 MMA battle between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Minotauro) and Bob Sapp – who outweighed Minotauro by 127 pounds (57,60 kg). The masterful display of heart and technique by the victorious Rodrigo convinced Masahiro of grappling’s efficiency, and led him to start training at the age of 15.

Masahiro’s first jiu jitsu instructor was Yasuhiro Miyamoto, one of the top grappling coaches in Iwasaki’s home town (Kobe). It was under Miyamoto that the young Masahiro Iwasaki climbed up BJJ’s belt system all the way to brown, the black belt being awarded by Marco Barbosa on December 2010.

After being promoted to black belt Masahiro spent time abroad, even picking up a coaching career in Australia (2011) before returning to Japan. When established in his home country, Iwasaki decided to join the prestigious Carpe Diem in Tokyo. One of the most successful and thriving jiu jitsu gyms in Asia.

Masahiro Iwasaki Grappling Record

30 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    25 (83%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (3%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (23%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (46%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle
25
3
#86e620
Armbar
17
2
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
8
1
#d1212a
Marceloplata
8
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
8
1
#f58822
Omoplata
8
1
#224aba
Submission
8
1
#ff9124
Heel hook
8
1
#bf1f6c
Choke from back
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Masahiro Iwasaki Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3451Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLTriangleDumau NE76KGF2012
4411Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSR22013
4427Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLArmbarEuropean Open70KG4F2013
4528Mario ReisMario ReisLPointsPan American70KGR12013
6491Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionEuropean70KG4F2015
7997Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLTriangleAsian Open70KGF2015
8479Kim TerraKim TerraLBow and arrowIBJJF NY Pro70KG4F2015
8862Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 5x0European Open70KG4F2016
9207Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPts: 7x0Pan American76KG8F2016
9406Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 2x0NY Spring Open76KGF2016
9913Lucas LepriLucas LepriLMarceloplataWorld Champ.76KGR22016
10454Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 3x2Asian Open76KGF2016
11477Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLTriangleEuropean Open76KGSF2017
12034Marcus WilsonLToe holdPan American76KGR12017
12983Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13542Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLOmoplataAsian Open76KGF2017
14718Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open76KGF2018
15186Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2018
15403Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiD---Quintet FNABSF2018
15787Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLSubmissionMarianas Open81KGSF2018
16264Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLAdvWorld Champ.76KGR32018
16958Vagner RochaVagner RochaLHeel hookKasai Pro 377KGRR2018
16969M. LutesLPts: 2x1Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
17759J. AlvesLArmbarSpyder Inv. Final76KGSF2018
18231Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds73KGR12018
18507Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG4F2019
19942Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLReferee DecisionADCC Asia Trials77KGSF2019
3452Shimasaki KojiWPts: 3x2Dumau Kansai76KGSPF2012
4409Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWPts: 2x0European OpenABSR12013
5181K. NishibayashiWPointsJJ Priest Cup76KGSPF2013
5197Y. ItamiWChoke from backKosen vs BJJNASPF2014
6336Yasuto NakatsukaWPointsAll Japan70KGF2015
6337Tatsuya KanekoWPointsNagoya Open76KGF2015
6485Tuomas TammilethoWPts: 8x0European70KGR12015
7995Ichitaro TsukadaWPointsAsian Open70KGSF2015
8859Renan SancarWPts: 2x0European Open70KGR12016
9203Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12016
9405Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 4x2NY Spring Open76KGSF2016
9907Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10441Robson TanoWPts: 0x0, AdvAll Japan76KGF2016
10453Tanno OdilioWPointsAsian Open76KGSF2016
11471Thibaut OlivierThibaut OlivierWPts: 2x0European Open76KG8F2017
11475Kacper RotWPts: 2x0European Open76KG4F2017
12975Diego BispoDiego BispoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13539Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPointsAsian Open76KG4F2017
13541Kleber KoikeWN/AAsian Open76KGSF2017
14709Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12018
14712Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWPts: 2x0European Open76KG4F2018
14716Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWPts: 2x0European Open76KGSF2018
15395Takumi YanoD---Quintet FNABSSF2018
15783Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWPts: 0x0Marianas Open81KG4F2018
15790Servio TulioServio TulioWPts: 2x0Marianas Open81KG3RD2018
16252Jan BuatimJan BuatimWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16675Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWPts: 2x0Spider Inv. 4F76KGSPF2018
16965Marcin HeldWPts: 3x0Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
18501Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWPts: 3x0European Open70KGF2019
19938S. LeGourrierecWPts: 11x0ADCC Asia Trials77KGR12019
19941Jon SchwartzWPts: 4x0ADCC Asia Trials77KG4F2019

Masahiro Iwasaki vs Robson Tano

Masahiro Iwasaki vs Kohei Nishibayashi

Guard Passing Instructional by Lucas Lepri

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