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Paul Jacob Barch, commonly known as PJ Barch, is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Richie Martinez and Eddie Bravo, being one of the main representatives of the 10th Planet Team in this sport. A former All-American wrestling standout, Barch made the transition to grappling, gaining recognition, particularly in the submission-only circuit after important wins at events such as the Onnit Invitational, Quintet Grappling Team Survival Match, and Sapateiro invitational.

PJ Barch Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Paul Jacob Barch

Nickname: “PJ”.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (Senior) > Hélio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Júnior > Jean Jaques Machado > Eddie Bravo > Richie Martinez > PJ Barch

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place Emerald City Invitational (2021)
  • 1st Place Quintet 2 Team Tournament (2018)
  • 1st Place Onnit Invitational 3 – 170lbs (2016)
  • 1st Place Onnit Invitational 9 – 170lbs (2018)
  • 1st Place Sapateiro Invit. 10 – 160 lbs  (2018)
  • 1st Place Finishers ‘Show The Art’ (2016)
  • 1st Place Subversiv Team Tournament (2018)

Favorite Position/Technique: Armbar

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Team/Association: 10th Planet

PJ Barch Biography

PJ Barch was born on October 9, 1989, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America, growing up in Delaware.

Raised in a family with strong wrestling roots it was easy to assume that young Barch would one day be interested in grappling. With that in mind, PJ’s father had him training in a series of obstacle courses and challenges from a very young age, something he did with the intent of improving Barch’s body awareness, for a possible wrestling career at a later stage.

Although eager for PJ to practice the sport they loved, Barch’s parents wanted their son to choose wrestling by his own accord and didn’t force him on to the mats. Barch tried soccer and gymnastics before he asked his family to sign him to a wrestling program, something that happened in 5th grade (pewee division).

Although he thoroughly enjoyed wrestling, Barch shared his passion with other activities, namely surfing and American football. As he grew PJ realized he wasn’t big enough to make it in professional football, and his focus started leaning towards wrestling. By his freshman year, Barch was fully committed to the mats, placing 5th statewide in his sophomore year.

Competing for the Sussex Central Highschool during his senior year, PJ Barch received All-American status at multiple events, including Beast of the East. He would go on to wrestle at a Division 1 university (the Bloomberg University of Pennsylvania [2009]) and although he could not break the starting line up, Barch traveled throughout the year competing.

Struggling with a few personal issues, Barch decided to drop university two years in, later (2011) moving to Hawaii to finish college and pick up surfing again. It was while stationed in Hawaii that PJ found jiu-jitsu after a few local friends convinced Barch to visit BJ Penn’s gym in Hilo. In less than one year, PJ started competing in mixed martial arts (MMA), amassing a 2-0 record.

While in Hawaii Barch trained under the tutelage of JD Penn, later spending time in Portland, where he discovered Nathan Orchard and the local 10th Planet Academy. His relationship with the 10P team grew strong and when PJ moved to Stockholm – Sweden he sought Magnus Hansson, the team’s representative in the region. It was Magnus who awarded Barch his blue belt.

In 2015 PJ moved to San Diego. Coincidentally this happened to be the year when Richie Martinez opened his own 10th Planet affiliate in the region. Barch signed on to the “Boogeyman” gym and quickly became one of Richie’s most respected students, earning his purple, brown and black belts from Boogey, the latter in a ceremony led by the team’s leader, Eddie Bravo, on November 2016.

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PJ Barch Grappling Record

37 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (8%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (68%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    4 (11%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
28
7
#86e620
Armbar
28
7
#5AD3D1
RNC
16
4
#d1212a
Kimura
8
2
#fad11b
Reverse triangle
4
1
#f58822
Submission
4
1
#224aba
Outside heel hook
4
1
#ff9124
Neck crank
4
1
#bf1f6c
Heel hook
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (17%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
50
2
#86e620
Armbar
25
1
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

PJ Barch Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
9111Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKneebarSapateiro Inv.ABSSF2016
14200Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1370KG4F2017
17183Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 1x0Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
17190Jason RauJason RauLPts: 10x3Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
17679Gregor GracieGregor GracieLKneebarQuintet 3ABSSF2018
21655Sergio RiosSergio RiosLArmbarF2W 12679KGSPF2019
23372Oliver TazaOliver TazaLInside heel hookBJJ Fanatics GP77KG4F2020
23760Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenLEBI/OTSUG 17ABSSPF2020
24988Andrew WiltseAndrew WiltseLReferee DecisionWNO 684KGSPF2021
25768Nicky RyanNicky RyanLReferee DecisionWNO 883KGSPF2021
25931Josh BacallaoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.79KG8F2021
28059Dante LeonDante LeonLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KG4F2021
9108Tony BarrWOutside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABS4F2016
11269Robert EzelWInside heel hookOnnit Inv. 377KG4F2016
11270Bill WattsWArmbarOnnit Inv. 377KGSF2016
11271L. ValenteWRNCOnnit Inv. 377KGF2016
11352Mike MainWEBI/OTShow the ArtN/AN/A2016
11353Mike DavillaWEBI/OTShow the ArtN/AN/A2016
11354Jason RauJason RauWArmbarShow the ArtN/AN/A2016
11385Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPointsGracie WorldsABSSPF2017
11698Corey BrokawWArmbarSapateiro 1072KGR12017
11700Werther MarcialesWArmbarSapateiro 1072KG4F2017
11701Jason RauJason RauWInside heel hookSapateiro 1072KGSF2017
11702Pierre LeclercWRNCSapateiro 1072KGF2017
14195Jason SoaresWEBI/OTEBI 1370KGR12017
16868Krysiek SchorabskiD---Quintet IIABSN/A2018
16874Daisuke NakamuraDaisuke NakamuraD---Quintet IIABSN/A2018
17180Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
17565Jason YousephWNeck crankSubversivABSSF2018
17569A. ClaiborneWHeel hookSubversivABSF2018
17678Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWArmbarQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17934Jordan PeitzmanWReverse triangleOnnit Inv. 977KG4F2018
17935David GarmoDavid GarmoWEBI/OTOnnit Inv. 977KGSF2018
17936Will TacketWKimuraOnnit Inv. 977KGF2018
18054K. FadlallahWArmbarADCC EC Trials77KGR12018
18063Peter ShoemakerWInside heel hookADCC EC Trials77KGR22018
18069Josh BacallaoWPts: 2x0ADCC EC Trials77KG8F2018
18071W. TackettWReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials77KG4F2018
22601Marcin HeldWReferee DecisionPolaris 1277KGSPF2019
24071Jaron PagduanWInside heel hookSin City Series77KG4F2020
24073Mikey RollsWInside heel hookSin City Series77KGSF2020
24074Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWInside heel hookSin City Series77KGF2020
25578Andrew SolanoWRNCEmerald City84KGR12021
25584W. MarcialesWArmbarEmerald City84KG4F2021
25587John CombsJohn CombsWInside heel hookEmerald City84KGSF2021
25589Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWKimuraEmerald City84KGF2021
25925Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWRNCNoGi Pan Am.79KGR12021
27766Caleb McCallisterWSubmissionBJJ FanaticsABSR12021
27772Pierre LeclercWReferee DecisionBJJ FanaticsABSSF2021
28045Italo MouraItalo MouraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGR22021
28055Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KG8F2021

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