Paulo Gabriel Martins da Costa, commonly known as Paulo Gabriel, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Letícia Ribeiro and Fabrício Camões (Morango), who worked extensively with Severino Soares “Dida” (RIP), and is one of the top representatives of the Gracie Humaita Association in the sport / martial art’s international circuit. Paulo Gabriel first gained notoriety while competing in the colored belt divisions of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit, where he conquered important medals.
Paulo Gabriel Martins Jiu-Jitsu
Full Name: Paulo Gabriel Martins da Costa
- 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NoGi (2019)
- 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Spring Open NoGi (2019)
- 1st Place IBJJF San Diego Open NoGi (2019)
- 1st Place IBJJF San Jose Open NoGi (2019)
- 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2019)
- 2nd Place IBJJF San Jose Open (2019)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 purple)
- 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2015 / 2016 purple)
- 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2015 / 2016 purple, 2017 brown)
- 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship NoGi (2017 brown)
- 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2015* purple)
- 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2016 purple)
** Weight and absolute
Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded
Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)
Team/Association: Gracie Humaita
Paulo Gabriel Martins Biography
Paulo Gabriel Martins was born on March 13, 1996, in São Paulo, Brazil, where he grew up, raised in a well-known children’s shelter named DICA (Desenvolvimento Integral da Criança e do Adolescente).
Capoeira, swimming, and judo were all activities he practiced as a child, but the first sport Paulo became passionate about was jiu-jitsu, a martial art he started at the age of 13. At the time the young teenager was already a big mixed martial arts (MMA) fan and loved to watch the grappling aspect of cage-fighting. When one of the workers at the shelter, Mr. Ricardo Ferreira, started teaching at DICA, and although the program had a number of children enlisted, Paulo Gabriel quickly stood out from the group for his dedication.
When coach Ferreira moved to a different town, Martins joined a well-known, local jiu-jitsu team, where he met Severino Soares (Mestre Dida), the academy’s instructor and a figure of great importance in Paulo Gabriel’s upbringing.
Master Dida took Paulo Gabriel under his wing and pushed him to pursue an athlete’s lifestyle, a path which Paulo Gabriel could have easily swayed from, given his life’s circumstances. Dida graded the young talent from white to purple belt. It was at this belt rank that Martins was invited by Caio Terra to become part of his pro-team in California, United States of America, an offer accepted by the São Paulo native.
Paulo Gabriel’s stay with Caio Terra was short-lived as soon after he arrived, his girlfriend, Gabi McComb, also moved to the USA to coach at the Gracie Humaita Academy in South Bay. The commute between the two gyms was not a feasible endeavor and Paulo decided to move closer to McComb. He then joined the GH team, led by Letícia Ribeiro and Fabrício Camões.
Once at the Gracie Humaitá, Gabriel continued on the path of success, earning two IBJJF Pan American titles (gi and nogi) before his black belt promotion, on June 9, 2018. Paulo was awarded his black belt on the same day as his partner, Gabrielle McComb.
Paulo Gabriel Sponsors:
– Studio 540
Paulo Gabriel Grappling Record
- BY DQ
5 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
1 SUBMISSION LOSSES
Paulo Gabriel Fight History
|16800||Jaime CanutoJaime Canuto||L||Referee Decision||W.S.O.G.||81KG||8F||2018|
|19668||Alef BritoAlef Brito||L||Triangle||San Jose Open||76KG||SF||2019|
|20588||Alef BritoAlef Brito||L||Pts: 4x2||American Nats||76KG||F||2019|
|21531||Diego OliveiraDiego Oliveira||L||Referee Decision||World Festival||70KG||SPF||2019|
|16792||Piter Frank||W||50/50 armbar||W.S.O.G.||81KG||R1||2018|
|19664||Mathew Terrance||W||Armbar||San Jose Open||76KG||4F||2019|
|19665||Rafael MansurRafael Mansur||W||Adv||San Jose Open||76KG||4F||2019|
|19697||Thiago GaiaThiago Gaia||W||Adv||San Jose NGO||73KG||F||2019|
|20061||Edson Corte||W||Choke from back||Dallas Spring Open||82KG||4F||2019|
|20063||William Durkee||W||Referee Decision||Dallas Spring Open||82KG||SF||2019|
|20064||Rolando SamsonRolando Samson||W||Points||Dallas Spring Open||82KG||F||2019|
|20081||Kevin Williams||W||Katagatame||Dallas Spring NGO||ABS||F||2019|
|20120||Victor Paschoal||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||San Diego Open||76KG||RR||2019|
|20121||Johnny TamaJohnny Tama||W||DQ||San Diego Open||76KG||F||2019|
|20564||Johnny TamaJohnny Tama||W||Referee Decision||American NG Nats||73KG||SF||2019|
|20565||Dustin Akbari||W||Referee Decision||American NG Nats||73KG||F||2019|
|20584||Thiago Lemos||W||Referee Decision||American Nats||76KG||4F||2019|
|20586||Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo Freitas||W||Points||American Nats||76KG||SF||2019|
|21863||Issa Able||W||Lapel choke||Long Beach Open||76KG||4F||2019|
|21865||Connor Donaldson||W||Pts: 2x2, Adv||Long Beach Open||76KG||SF||2019|
|21866||Kauan Barboza||W||Pts: 2x0||Long Beach Open||76KG||F||2019|
Paulo Gabriel Martins vs. Mathew McCormick