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Rafaela Guedes

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Rafaela Guedes is a jiu-jitsu black belt under André Galvão and Angelica Galvão, who also worked extensively with coach Daílson Pinheiro. Guedes became widely recognized as one of the rising prospects in the sport while representing the Atos Team, during her colored belt career, where she earned important titles in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), two of the most prestigious leagues in the sport.

Rafaela Guedes Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Rafaela Ribeiro Guedes

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: C. Gracie R. Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão (> Angelica Galvão) > Rafaela Guedes

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2021**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2020*)
  • 1st Place WNO Championship (2021)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place UAFJJF Grand Slam, MIA (2020 brown + black)
  • 1st Place UAFJJF Grand Slam, LA (2017 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place UAFJJF Grand Slam, RJ (2017 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 purple, 2019* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2019* brown)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016** / 2017 / 2018 purple)
  • 3rd Place UAFJJF Grand Slam, LA (2019 brown + black)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Lasso Guard & Closed Guard

Weight Division: Pesado (79.3 kg / 175.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Atos

Rafaela Guedes Biography

Rafaela Guedes was born on May 23, 1992, in Manaus, a city located on the banks of the Negro River in northwestern Brazil, and the capital of the state of Amazonas.

While growing up, Rafaela practiced a number of sports, with handball being the one she took most seriously, playing it at a competitive level from the age of 10. Although embedded in this sport for an extended period, a serious injury threw her out from the handball tournament scene for good at the age of 15.

During her teens, Rafaela became a regular face at local jiu-jitsu tournament stands, being there in support for her cousins, who practiced the gentle art. Her admiration for her cousins would be behind Guedes’ decision of starting jiu-jitsu at the age of 17, after struggling with depression and her weight since leaving her handball life.

Rafaela’s first experience in jiu-jitsu took place at a local social project where she earned her blue belt. After that, Guedes wanted to place more effort into her tournament experience, then joining coach Daílson Pinheiro’s school – also in Manaus, for that purpose. It was while training with Pinheiro that Guedes’ love for competition developed, leading her to leave her hometown at the age of 22, to live in São Paulo, where she had access to Brazil’s strongest jiu-jitsu circuit.

Rafaela spent a few years at the New School Brotherhood academy, one of the leading grappling gyms of that time, where she became good friends with one of the team’s top athletes, Luiza Monteiro, who moved to the United States in 2017 to join the Atos Academy Headquarters, in San Diego.

By the start of 2018, Rafaela was at a crossroads, unhappy with the way things were going with her sporting career in São Paulo, she questioned herself on whether she should quit her jiu-jitsu aspirations and lead a more standardized lifestyle. While debating this in her head, Guedes went to a tournament in Abu Dhabi, where she was able to spend time with her friend, Luiza, and speak her mind. After listening to Rafaela’s predicament, Monteiro posed the possibility of Guedes coming to California to train with her and the Atos team. That same year, Guedes visited the headquarters in San Diego and felt truly welcome and supported by the team leaders André and Angelica Galvão, deciding to stay.

Her decision to continue her competitive career in jiu-jitsu, and the added benefit of training in one of the top grappling gyms in the world, coincided with much-improved results on the mats, which earned her, her brown and black belts from coach André Galvão. The latter, awarded in September 2020.

Rafaela Guedes Grappling Record

23 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (17%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (39%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (30%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
33
3
#86e620
RNC
22
2
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
11
1
#d1212a
Anaconda choke
11
1
#fad11b
Guillotine
11
1
#f58822
Triangle armbar
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
2 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    0 (0%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (100%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Rafaela Guedes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24160Amanda LeveAmanda LeveLReferee DecisionSubversiv 4ABS4F2020
26405Erin HarpeErin HarpeLReferee DecisionWNO 10O65KGSPF2021
24066Vannessa GriffinVannessa GriffinWPts: 11x0Pan American69KGSF2020
24067Claire NorthWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American69KGF2020
24068Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2020
24069Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2020
24150Cristina BriggsWArmbarSubversiv 4ABSR12020
24165Fatima KleineWReferee DecisionSubversiv 4ABSSF2020
24361Tara WhileWOmoplataNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2020
24362Gabi McCombWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2020
24364Vannessa GriffinVannessa GriffinWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2020
24374Elisabeth ClayElisabeth ClayWReferee DecisionF2W 15870KGSPF2020
24873Ana VieiraAna VieiraWReferee DecisionF2W 162N/ASPF2021
25209Maggie GrindattiMaggie GrindattiWRNCWNO 7O65KGSPF2021
25775Juliana FortunaWAnaconda chokeSUBVERSIV 5ABS4F2021
25786Maggie GrindattiMaggie GrindattiWArmbarSUBVERSIV 5ABSSF2021
25792Nathalie RibeiroWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 5ABSF2021
27680Elisabeth ClayElisabeth ClayWReferee DecisionWNO Champ.ABS4F2021
27684Amanda LeveAmanda LeveWReferee DecisionWNO Champ.ABSSF2021
27722Kendall ReusingWGuillotineWNO Champ.ABSF2021
28140Elizabeth MitrovicWArmbarNoGi Worlds76KGSF2021
28141Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds76KGSF2021
28152Maggie GrindattiMaggie GrindattiWTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABS4F2021
28153Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsABSSF2021
28155Elisabeth ClayElisabeth ClayWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABSF2021
High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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