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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 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

56 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (16%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    37 (66%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    4 (7%)

37 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
27
10
#86e620
RNC
27
10
#5AD3D1
Armbar
22
8
#d1212a
Kimura
8
3
#fad11b
Outside heel hook
3
1
#f58822
Neck crank
3
1
#224aba
Heel hook
3
1
#ff9124
Reverse triangle
3
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
3
1
#22c9a5
Cross face
3
1
37
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (24%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (24%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (12%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
50
3
#86e620
Kneebar
33
2
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

PJ Barch Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
9130Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKneebarSapateiro Inv.ABSSF2016
14230Vagner RochaVagner RochaLEBI/OTEBI 1370KG4F2017
17234Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 1x0Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
17241Jason RauJason RauLPts: 10x3Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
17730Gregor GracieGregor GracieLKneebarQuintet 3ABSSF2018
21749Sergio RiosSergio RiosLArmbarF2W 12679KGSPF2019
23506Oliver TazaOliver TazaLInside heel hookBJJ Fanatics GP77KG4F2020
23906Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenLEBI/OTSUG 17ABSSPF2020
25161Andrew WiltseAndrew WiltseLReferee DecisionWNO 684KGSPF2021
25954Nicky RyanNicky RyanLReferee DecisionWNO 883KGSPF2021
26118Josh BacallaoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.79KG8F2021
28275Dante LeonDante LeonLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KG4F2021
28858Kade RuotoloKade RuotoloLPts: 2x0ADCC EC Trials77KGSF2021
28861Kody SteeleKody SteeleLReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials77KG3RD2021
31448Andy VarelaAndy VarelaLReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KGSF2022
33500Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniD---UFC Inv. 2ABSRR2022
35007Kade RuotoloKade RuotoloLArmbarADCC77KGSF2022
35009Dante LeonDante LeonLArmbarADCC77KG3RD2022
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
14225Jason SoaresWEBI/OTEBI 1370KGR12017
16911Krysiek SchorabskiD---Quintet IIABSN/A2018
16917Daisuke NakamuraDaisuke NakamuraD---Quintet IIABSN/A2018
17231Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
17616Jason YousephWNeck crankSubversivABSSF2018
17620A. ClaiborneWHeel hookSubversivABSF2018
17729Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWArmbarQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17988Jordan PeitzmanWReverse triangleOnnit Inv. 977KG4F2018
17989David GarmoDavid GarmoWEBI/OTOnnit Inv. 977KGSF2018
17990Will TacketWKimuraOnnit Inv. 977KGF2018
18113K. FadlallahWArmbarADCC EC Trials77KGR12018
18122Peter ShoemakerWInside heel hookADCC EC Trials77KGR22018
18128Josh BacallaoWPts: 2x0ADCC EC Trials77KG8F2018
18130W. TackettWReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials77KG4F2018
22717Marcin HeldWReferee DecisionPolaris 1277KGSPF2019
24225Jaron PagduanWInside heel hookSin City Series77KG4F2020
24227Mikey RollsWInside heel hookSin City Series77KGSF2020
24228Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWInside heel hookSin City Series77KGF2020
25756Andrew SolanoWRNCEmerald City84KGR12021
25762W. MarcialesWArmbarEmerald City84KG4F2021
25765John CombsJohn CombsWInside heel hookEmerald City84KGSF2021
25767Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWKimuraEmerald City84KGF2021
26112Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWRNCNoGi Pan Am.79KGR12021
27978Caleb McCallisterWSubmissionBJJ FanaticsABSR12021
27984Pierre LeclercWReferee DecisionBJJ FanaticsABSSF2021
28262Italo MouraItalo MouraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGR22021
28271Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KG8F2021
28810Dante MuschampWPts: 2x0ADCC EC Trials77KGR22021
28821Daniel LyonsWArmbarADCC EC Trials77KGR32021
28837Kyle PerkinsWInside heel hookADCC EC Trials77KGR42021
28848Steven RamosWPts: 4x0ADCC EC Trials77KGR52021
28855Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWPts: 3x0ADCC EC Trials77KG4F2021
31387Javier BejaranoWKimuraADCC WC Trials77KGR12022
31404Joshua DawsonWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22022
31430Victor MedinaWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR42022
31438Placido SantosWRNCADCC WC Trials77KG8F2022
31446AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC WC Trials77KG4F2022
31451Chris WojcikWPts: 4x0ADCC WC Trials77KG3RD2022
32792Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 12NASPF2022
33499Christos PapadelosWRNCUFC Inv. 2ABSRR2022
33812Jeremy PereWRNCSO Series VII77KGR12022
33819Brady WicklundWInside heel hookSO Series VII77KG4F2022
33822John CombsJohn CombsWCross faceSO Series VII77KGSF2022
33823Chris WojcikWInside heel hookSO Series VII77KGF2022
34996Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGR12022
35002JT TorresJT TorresWPts: 4x0ADCC77KG4F2022

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