Often (wrongly) regarded as the first female black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Patricia Lage is a highly decorated BJJ practitioner with over 30 years of experience in the sport and titles in the Brazilian Nationals and the World Cup. Patricia Lage is also the daughter of 8th-degree black belt Roberto Lage, an illustrious figure in Sao Paulo’s Jiu-Jitsu landscape.
Patricia Lage Jiu-Jitsu
Full Name: Patricia de Oliveira Lage
- 3x World Cup Champion (2007, 2008, 2010);
- 3x Brazilian National Cup Champion (2008, 2009, 2010);
- 3x Brazilian Champion (2007, 2009 absolute, 2010 WO);
- International Masters & Seniors Champion (2010 absolute);
- Brazilian National Teams Champion (1998);
- 13x Sao Paulo State Champion;
- Grapplers Quest Champion, New Jersey (2007 absolute);
- American National Champion (2007);
- Pan American Silver Medallist (2007);
- World Bronze Medallist (2007)
Weight Division: Peso Leve (64kg/141lbs)
Team/Association: Barbosa JJ
Patricia Lage Biography
Patricia Lage was born on the 7th of April, 1977 in São Paulo, Brazil, where she was born and raised. Patricia’s mother used to take her to Judo classes and watch her father (Roberto Lage) train. She was enthusiastic and wanted to mimic her father in the Japanese art, but she was told she could not because females were not allowed to train at the dojo. Patricia used to do swimming classes at the “Foquinha” academy in Sao Paulo, an academy that also had kids classes for Jiu-Jitsu, after seeing children practicing BJJ, Patricia asked her mother to sign her up which she did. The coach there was the legendary Otavio de Almeida, who also trained with Patricia’s father.
She continued training under master Otavio competing actively since the age of 4/5 years of age, having medalled in every age division there is in Jiu Jitsu. Though she trained mainly under Almeida, it was her father that awarded her all her belts, including her black belt that came in 1995 just after her 18th birthday. It has been stated on certain websites that Patricia was the first female BJJ black belt, however, at the time of her graduation, there were already at least two others training alongside Lage in her academy. She was, very possibly one of the very first to receive her CBJJ/IBJJF diploma, something she requested in order to compete at the Brazilian Nationals that same year. She is the oldest female BJJ black belt still active.
Patricia Lage also graduated in Veterinary medicine, practicing her academic vocation in the army, where she became a lieutenant.
Patricia Lage vs Leticia Lalli