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Pablo Silva

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Pablo Silva is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Marcelo Azevedo, and a former Gracie Barra – Belo Horizonte team representative (now with ZR Team). Pablo is also a top competitor in the Pluma weight division, having reached the top of that division on his second year as a black belt (2010) by winning the World Championship

Pablo Silva Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Pablo da Silva Santos

Nickname: n/a

Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Vinicius Magalhães > Marcelo Azevedo > Pablo Silva

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2010)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Masters Championship (2017/2016 Master 1)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2016 Master 1)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2009)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2013/2009)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Asian Open (2010)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Miami Open (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF San Antonio Open (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Atlanta Open (2012)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Houston Open (2016/2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Las Vegas Open (2012)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2010)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2010)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2008 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Open (2008 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2007 purple)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2007 purple)

Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64kg-141lbs)

Favorite Position: Open Guard

Team/Association: ZR Team

Pablo Silva Biography

Pablo Silva was born on the 17th of October, 1986 on the city of Mariana, State of Minas Gerais – Brazil. He started training Jiu Jitsu when he was 14 years old. His brother had started training BJJ but didn’t have any light people to roll with at the gym, so Pablo decided to enrol as well to show support for his brother and never stopped training since.

His first coach was a brown belt by the name of Hussen, who was also a black belt in Judo. Hussen’s love lied with the Japanese martial art, and when Pablo reached the purple belt level he realized his coach did not have much more to offer in the technical department, so he decided to move to a different academy. He started training at the Gracie Barra gym in Belo Horizonte, but he could only train 2 times per week as the commute was too long. He would often sleep at the bus station because he could not afford a hotel room. After a while he decided to move definitely to the state capital.

At the Gracie Barra Belo Horizonte he started training under Marcelo “Uirapuru” Azevedo, and with an elite BJJ team, with fighters such as “Caloquinha”, Samuel Braga and many others. He would receive his brown belt and black belt (at the age of 21) by the hands of Azevedo.

In 2009 Pablo Silva was the victim of the unstable diplomatic relationship between Spain and Brazil. As he flew to Spain to compete at the Europeans in Spain’s neighbouring country, Portugal, Pablo was denied entrance into Spanish borders. He returned distraught to his country of origin and had actually given up on the competition, when he was told that he could return and compete if he entered through Portugal, which he did. Even though he had to lose 7kg (14lbs) within little over 24 hours he won the competition, and one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.

Pablo Silva (Blue) vs Leonardo Candeia

Pablo Silva vs Francielio

Pablo Silva vs Samir Chantre

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  • gilbert says:

    pablo silva is an incredible fighter, teacher, and role model. we are blessed to have him at gracie barra texas!

  • Vinh says:

    Pablo Silva is an amazing competitor and teacher. He shares his techniques and training methods that he uses to win medals on the biggest stages. Very fortunate to be able to train with him at Gracie Barra TX

  • Hien says:

    Pablo is phenomenal teacher to our 5yr old son. He's very patient and at the same time shows great leadership and training skills to the kids. I randomly stopped by one day to check out the facility and know right away that he would be a great teacher to my son. He's now been training under Pablo for the last 3 months and will continue for a very long time.

  • The Source says:

    Pablo Silva is now a member of the Ze Radiola Team/Association.

  • The first coach of Pablo Silva is called Gustavo Müller (in that time was purple belt from Leo Castello Branco in Mariana city). Where Pablo training, white belt until his yellow belt, going after it, training with Hussein in Ouro Preto city.

    Everybody who trained in that age can tell it. This is the true.

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