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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: Carlos Gracie (Senior) > Hélio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > JJ Machado > Eddie Bravo > Richie Martinez > PJ Barch

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place Polaris 170 lb Grand Prix (2024)
  • 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

69 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (14%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    47 (68%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    5 (7%)

47 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
38
18
#86e620
RNC
23
11
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
8
#d1212a
Kimura
6
3
#fad11b
Neck crank
2
1
#f58822
Heel hook
2
1
#224aba
Reverse triangle
2
1
#ff9124
Submission
2
1
#bf1f6c
Cross face
2
1
#22c9a5
Kneebar
2
1
#fad223
Outside heel hook
2
1
47
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
22 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (18%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (32%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (27%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    4 (18%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
57
4
#86e620
Kneebar
29
2
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

PJ Barch Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
9130Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKneebarSapateiro Inv.ABSSF2016
14231Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1370KG4F2017
17240Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 1x0Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
17247Jason RauJason RauLPts: 10x3Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
17736Gregor GracieGregor GracieLKneebarQuintet 3ABSSF2018
21760Sergio RiosSergio RiosLArmbarF2W 12679KGSPF2019
23516Oliver TazaOliver TazaLInside heel hookBJJ Fanatics GP77KG4F2020
23916Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenLEBI/OTSUG 17ABSSPF2020
25171Andrew WiltseAndrew WiltseLReferee DecisionWNO 684KGSPF2021
25964Nicky RyanNicky RyanLReferee DecisionWNO 883KGSPF2021
26128Josh BacallaoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.79KG8F2021
28285Dante LeonDante LeonLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KG4F2021
28869Kade RuotoloKade RuotoloLPts: 2x0ADCC EC Trials77KGSF2021
28872Kody SteeleKody SteeleLReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials77KG3RD2021
31465Andy VarelaAndy VarelaLReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KGSF2022
33532Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniD---UFC Inv. 2ABSRR2022
35039Kade RuotoloKade RuotoloLArmbarADCC77KGSF2022
35041Dante LeonDante LeonLArmbarADCC77KG3RD2022
41450Dante LeonDante LeonLReferee Decision247 FightingNASPF2023
42656Nick RodriguezNick RodriguezD---Quintet 4ABSNA2023
43303Andrew TackettAndrew TackettLReferee DecisionWNO 2077KGSF2023
43304Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLArmbarWNO 2077KGF2023
45328Ryan AitkenLEBI/OTMain Character83KGF2023
49073Andy VarelaAndy VarelaLEBI/OTPGF 679KGSF2024
9127Tony BarrWOutside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABS4F2016
11288Robert EzelWInside heel hookOnnit Inv. 377KG4F2016
11289Bill WattsWArmbarOnnit Inv. 377KGSF2016
11290L. ValenteWRNCOnnit Inv. 377KGF2016
11371Mike MainWEBI/OTShow the ArtN/AN/A2016
11372Mike DavillaWEBI/OTShow the ArtN/AN/A2016
11373Jason RauJason RauWArmbarShow the ArtN/AN/A2016
11407Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPointsGracie WorldsABSSPF2017
11722Corey BrokawWArmbarSapateiro 1072KGR12017
11724Werther MarcialesWArmbarSapateiro 1072KG4F2017
11725Jason RauJason RauWInside heel hookSapateiro 1072KGSF2017
11726Pierre LeclercWRNCSapateiro 1072KGF2017
14226Jason SoaresWEBI/OTEBI 1370KGR12017
16917Krysiek SchorabskiD---Quintet IIABSN/A2018
16923Daisuke NakamuraDaisuke NakamuraD---Quintet IIABSN/A2018
17237Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
17622Jason YousephWNeck crankSubversivABSSF2018
17626A. ClaiborneWHeel hookSubversivABSF2018
17735Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWArmbarQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17997Jordan PeitzmanWReverse triangleOnnit Inv. 977KG4F2018
17998David GarmoDavid GarmoWEBI/OTOnnit Inv. 977KGSF2018
17999Will TacketWKimuraOnnit Inv. 977KGF2018
18122K. FadlallahWArmbarADCC EC Trials77KGR12018
18131Peter ShoemakerWInside heel hookADCC EC Trials77KGR22018
18137Josh BacallaoWPts: 2x0ADCC EC Trials77KG8F2018
18139W. TackettWReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials77KG4F2018
22727Marcin HeldWReferee DecisionPolaris 1277KGSPF2019
24235Jaron PagduanWInside heel hookSin City Series77KG4F2020
24237Mikey RollsWInside heel hookSin City Series77KGSF2020
24238Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWInside heel hookSin City Series77KGF2020
25766Andrew SolanoWRNCEmerald City84KGR12021
25772W. MarcialesWArmbarEmerald City84KG4F2021
25775John CombsJohn CombsWInside heel hookEmerald City84KGSF2021
25777Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWKimuraEmerald City84KGF2021
26122Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWRNCNoGi Pan Am.79KGR12021
27988Caleb McCallisterWSubmissionBJJ FanaticsABSR12021
27994Pierre LeclercWReferee DecisionBJJ FanaticsABSSF2021
28272Italo MouraItalo MouraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGR22021
28281Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KG8F2021
28821Dante MuschampWPts: 2x0ADCC EC Trials77KGR22021
28832Daniel LyonsWArmbarADCC EC Trials77KGR32021
28848Kyle PerkinsWInside heel hookADCC EC Trials77KGR42021
28859Steven RamosWPts: 4x0ADCC EC Trials77KGR52021
28866Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWPts: 3x0ADCC EC Trials77KG4F2021
31404Javier BejaranoWKimuraADCC WC Trials77KGR12022
31421Joshua DawsonWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22022
31447Victor MedinaWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR42022
31455Placido SantosWRNCADCC WC Trials77KG8F2022
31463AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC WC Trials77KG4F2022
31468Chris WojcikWPts: 4x0ADCC WC Trials77KG3RD2022
32815Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 12NASPF2022
33531Christos PapadelosWRNCUFC Inv. 2ABSRR2022
33844Jeremy PereWRNCSO Series VII77KGR12022
33851Brady WicklundWInside heel hookSO Series VII77KG4F2022
33854John CombsJohn CombsWCross faceSO Series VII77KGSF2022
33855Chris WojcikWInside heel hookSO Series VII77KGF2022
35028Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGR12022
35034JT TorresJT TorresWPts: 4x0ADCC77KG4F2022
42645Tomoshige SeraWRNCQuintet 4ABSNA2023
42646Kazushi SakurabaD---Quintet 4ABSNA2023
45314Matheus ChedidWKneebarMain Character83KGR12023
45322D. AsareWInside heel hookMain Character83KG4F2023
45326Hunter ColvinWEBI/OTMain Character83KGSF2023
48071Luiz PauloLuiz PauloWReferee DecisionPolaris 2777KG4F2024
48075Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWInside heel hookPolaris 2777KGSF2024
48077Levi JonesLevi JonesWPts: 2x0Polaris 2777KGF2024
48932Nathan HaddadD---PGF 679KGR12024
48942J. ThompsonD---PGF 679KGR22024
48952John CombsJohn CombsD---PGF 679KGR32024
48973Ben EddyD---PGF 679KGR42024
48982Andy VarelaAndy VarelaD---PGF 679KGR52024
48992Cam HurdWInside heel hookPGF 679KGR62024
49013K. BeuhringWInside heel hookPGF 679KGR72024
49027AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmD---PGF 679KGR82024
49029Elijah CarltonWInside heel hookPGF 679KGR82024
49045Dane LeakWInside heel hookPGF 679KGR102024
49057Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWInside heel hookPGF 679KGR112024
49062K. SherrillD---PGF 679KGR122024
49069Davis AsareWInside heel hookPGF 679KG4F2024

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