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João Pedro Silva de Souza, often cited on social media as Pedro Silva, Pedro de Souza, or by his nickname Pedro “Bolo”, is a professional jiu-jitsu athlete from the city of Manaus, Brazil, best known for his work as a member of the Dream Art team for whom he conquered many medals in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro Tour (AJP) and helped achieve their first team world title in 2023. Pedro de Souza also worked extensively with coaches José Alberto (father), Nabil Aziz, and Cicero Costha.

Pedro Silva de Souza Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: João Pedro Silva de Souza

Nickname: Pedro is often referenced as Bolo by his friends, a reference to his days as a juvenile when he was obsessed with a jiu-jitsu technique labeled the Berimbolo (Bolo in short form). Souza’s persistence in finding this technique back then earned him the nickname.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva Fernando Tererê > Rubens Charles > Michael Langhi > Isaque Bahiense > Pedro Silva de Souza

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, TYO (2024)
  • 2ndt Place AJP Grand Slam, RJN (2023)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021 purple, 2022 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2023 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2020 blue)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2022* brown)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2023 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2023 brown)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019* purple)

Main Achievements (Juvenile):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018**/2019**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2019**)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2018)

Favorite Position/Technique: Modern Jiu-Jitsu Style (Lapel Guard, DLR, Lasso Guard)

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Dream Art

Pedro Silva de Souza Biography

Pedro was born on October 29, 2002, in Manaus, Amazonas, where he grew up, up until his mid-teens.

The initiation to jiu-jitsu occurred very early in Pedro’s life. This sport/martial art has a big tradition in Manaus and his father was already a black belt when de Souza was born, making his early days in the sport as early as he could remember when interviewed by BJJ Heroes for this profile. What he did recollect were his first steps in a competitive arena, which were taken at the age of 8.

Pedro Silva de Souza’s first instructors were his father, José Alberto, and Nabil Aziz – often referred to as Mestre Nabil, two coaches who followed Bolo up until he was 15 years old at which point the young Manauara moved to São Paulo where he joined Cicero Costha‘s academy on a scholarship.

The Mestre Nabil school of jiu-jitsu is well-known as one of the strongest grappling hubs in the Amazonas region, having developed big names of the sport such as Alex Sodre, Diego Pato, Diego Sodre, all of which trained regularly with Pedro when he was growing up. It was through one of these athletes, namely, Diego “Pato” Oliveira that de Souza was able to connect with the DreamArt squad in 2012 after roughly 5 years under Costha’s tuition.

DreamArt is a professional jiu-jitsu team started in 2018, which specializes in building up full-time athletes from a hand-picked squad, and Pedro Bolo was one of the competitors Dream Art believed in, hiring the young prospect in early 2022 as a brown belt.

Pedro de Souza received his black belt from the Dream Art leader, Isaque Bahiense, on June 04, 2023.

Pedro Bolo Grappling Record

31 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (39%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
25
3
#86e620
Choke from back
25
3
#5AD3D1
Straight ankle lock
17
2
#d1212a
Armbar
8
1
#fad11b
Loop choke
8
1
#f58822
Choke
8
1
#224aba
RNC
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
67
2
#86e620
Loop choke
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Pedro Bolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
40761Uanderson FerreiraUanderson FerreiraLPts: 4x3Grand Slam RJ85KGF2023
43067Wallisson OliveiraLPts: 5x4ADGS Miami85KG4F2023
43074Jhonathan MarquesLChoke from backADGS Miami85KGRPC2023
45114Vinicius MartinsVinicius MartinsLLoop chokeCuritiba Pro82KGSF2023
45366Luis RibasLN/AMundial CBJJE82KGSF2023
46447Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLPts: 6x2European Open82KGSF2024
47967Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x2Pan American76KG4F2024
49597Uanderson FerreiraUanderson FerreiraLChoke from backADGS ABD85KGF2024
40742Rafael SouzaWPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ85KGR12023
40749Marcello LemelleWPts: 6x2Grand Slam RJ85KG8F2023
40757Leonardo SouzaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ85KG4F2023
40759Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KGSF2023
40889Alex MunisAlex MunisWStraight ankle lockRio Open88KGSF2023
40890Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPts: 4x0Rio Open88KGF2023
41085Ary NetoWTriangleBrasileiro CBJJE88KG4F2023
41086Eduardo CPWPts: 4x2Brasileiro CBJJE88KGSF2023
41087Jose NetoWArmbarBrasileiro CBJJE88KGF2023
41200Wesley FilipeWChoke from backBetim Open88KGSF2023
41202Darlan CasacaWLoop chokeBetim Open88KGF2023
44391Arley PachecoArley PachecoWPts: 6x6, AdvRio BJJ Pro82KG4F2023
44393Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWChoke from backRio BJJ Pro82KGSF2023
44394Luiz SantosWStraight ankle lockRio BJJ Pro82KGF2023
45110Guilherme SilvaWPts: 2x0Curitiba Pro82KG4F2023
45180Diego AnjosWChoke from backSP Open82KG4F2023
45185Henrique NobregaWTriangleSP Open82KGSF2023
45186Eduardo TinocoEduardo TinocoWPts: 6x2SP Open82KGF2023
45364Marcos FilhoWPts: 4x0Mundial CBJJE82KGR12023
45365Patrick OrtizWTriangleMundial CBJJE82KG4F2023
46159Raymon VarillaWChokeADGS TYO85KG4F2024
46163Wallison OliveiraWPts: 7x5ADGS TYO85KGSF2024
46165Pedro NetoWRNCADGS TYO85KGF2024
46433Max LiWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open82KGR12024
46435Jakub NajdekWPts: 13x2European Open82KG8F2024
46445Szilard SuleWReferee DecisionEuropean Open82KG4F2024
47952Leandro LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KGR22024
47963Daniel SathlerDaniel SathlerWPts: 2x0Pan American76KG8F2024
49584Agnelo SalesWPts: 2x1ADGS ABD85KG8F2024
49591Jhonatan GuimaraesWPts: 3x3ADGS ABD85KG4F2024
49596Charlie AdorianWPts: 1x0ADGS ABD85KGSF2024
5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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