Matheus Lima, commonly known by the nickname, Japa, is a jiu-jitsu black belt under coach Carlos Holanda, and a representative of the city of Manaus, Brazil, in the sport’s international circuit. Lima has competed for different teams throughout his grappling career and is well-known for his submission-hunting style of fighting. A style he has used to win several important events in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), Confederação Brasileira de Jiu-Jitsu (CBJJ), and Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP) circuits.
Matheus Lima Jiu-Jitsu
Full Name: Matheus Rodrigues de Lima
Nickname: Lima is often called “Japa” which is a Brazilian colloquialism for Japanese. The name dates back to when Matheus first joined Carlos “Esquisito” Holanda’s gym after the coach mistook him for a person of Niponic heritage. After Matheus rectified the misunderstanding, the name stuck as friendly banter between colleagues.
Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Faustino Neto (Pina) > Carlos Holanda > Matheus Lima
- 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2022)
- 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, RJN (2022)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2018** blue, 2020 purple)
- 1st Place CBJJ Brazil Team Nationals (2018 blue)
- 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2021 brown)
- 3rd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021 brown)
- 3rd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2021 brown)
Favorite Position/Technique: Armbar
Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)
Team/Association: White House Jiu-Jitsu School
Matheus Lima Biography
Matheus Lima was born on December 28, 2001, in Manaus, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Amazonas.
Growing up in one of the biggest grappling hubs in the world (Manaus), it didn’t take long for Lima to find his way to jiu-jitsu. That first experience came through a social project in his neighborhood, which catered to the young generations of the area, helping them stay off the streets and into a healthy way of living by way of martial arts.
Lima’s first instructor was Elton Roberto, but the young talent would go through a variety of instructors during his development as an athlete, including Márcio Soares and Alcenor Alves, before finally joining Carlos Holanda’s workgroup as a purple belt.
During his time under Holanda’s wing, Matheus also spent time in Qatar – his first experience as a professional jiu-jitsu player – where he competed for Team Vision. The prospect of making grappling a full-time career greatly incentivized Lima to push further, according to an interview given by the young Manauara to BJJ Heroes on December 2022.
Matheus Lima was promoted to black belt on December 2021 by coach Carlos Holanda, in Manaus.
Matheus Lima Grappling Record
- BY DQ
10 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Matheus Lima Fight History
|33919||Leonardo MarioLeonardo Mario||L||Triangle kimura||Grand Slam RJ||62KG||F||2022|
|37158||Alex SodreAlex Sodre||L||Pts: 2x0||European Open||70KG||4F||2023|
|38525||Artur Lanes||L||Pts: 4x4, Adv||Rio Fall Open||70KG||SF||2023|
|32822||Allan Teixeira||W||Armbar||Belem Pro||62KG||4F||2022|
|32823||Matheus Silva||W||Pts: 5x2||Belem Pro||62KG||SF||2022|
|32824||Jose Neto||W||Pts: 6x4||Belem Pro||62KG||F||2022|
|33907||Jorge Nakamura||W||Triangle armlock||Grand Slam RJ||62KG||R1||2022|
|33913||Jean Gomes||W||Choke from back||Grand Slam RJ||62KG||4F||2022|
|33917||Jhonathan Ang.||W||Pts: 6x3||Grand Slam RJ||62KG||SF||2022|
|35669||Gabriel Machado||W||Armbar||South American||70KG||R1||2022|
|35673||Bernardo Oliveira||W||Armbar||South American||70KG||4F||2022|
|35675||Joao Oliveira||W||Armbar||South American||70KG||SF||2022|
|35677||Artur Oliveira||W||Armbar||South American||70KG||F||2022|
|36597||Carlos Geovani||W||Armbar||Brasilia Open||70KG||SF||2022|
|36599||Marcos Froede||W||Armbar||Brasilia Open||70KG||F||2022|
|38524||Julio Arantes||W||Armbar||Rio Fall Open||70KG||4F||2023|