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Renato Canuto

Half Guard Anthology Instructional by Lachlan Giles

Renato Forasieppi Canuto is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under his father Valdir “Tio Chico” Canuto, being also one of the top representatives of team Checkmat JJ in the sport’s international circuit. Canuto, who has worked extensively under Robert Drysdale, Rodrigo Cavaca, as well as Leonardo Vieira is widely regarded as one of the most exciting grapplers of his generation having proved his worth in a wide spectrum of grappling rules.

Renato Canuto Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Renato Forasieppi Alves Canuto

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Murilo Bustamante/Kiko Veloso > Leonardo Costa > Valdir Canuto > Renato Canuto

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2017)
  • 1st Place KASAI Pro 150lbs Grand Prix (2017)
  • 1st Place KASAI Pro 170lbs Grand Prix (2018)
  • 1st Place USBJJF/IBJJF American Nationals (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – Los Angeles (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2019)
  • 2nd Place Marianas Open (2018)
  • 3rd Place Marianas Open (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo International Open (2014/2015 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Las Vegas International Open (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Seattle International Open (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Las Vegas Pro (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – Los Angeles (2016 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2014 purple)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Juvenile Brazilian Nationals (2011 green, 2012 blue)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ South American Championship (2014/2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Armbar

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76.0 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Tio Chico Jiu Jitsu / Zenith

Renato Canuto Biography

Renato Forasieppi Canuto was born on June 13, 1996, in São Vicente – a coastal municipality in southern São Paulo, Brazil.

Even though Renato’s father (Valdir “Tio Chico”) was a great jiu-jitsu enthusiast and practitioner, Canuto didn’t start his grappling experience through the famous arte suave, having instead picked up judo during his early childhood. It was only once Valdir started coaching a kids BJJ class (around 2004) that Renato was introduced to this style, on his dad’s mats – being the very first student on that class.

Within just a few months of training “Tio Chico” signed his boy on to the state tournament (Campeonato Paulista – FPJJ), an event that Renato won well, thus proving he was a real talent in the sport. This victory would instill in the young Canuto the desire to seek more competitive outlets in which to test himself. A sentiment that only grew with time.

Unlike most children his age, Renato didn’t spend much of his time playing games or socializing. Driven to the sport from early on, Canuto spent most of his spare time on the mats training or traveling to tournaments. This lifestyle was envisioned with one goal in mind, that of one day becoming a world jiu-jitsu champion – an accomplishment achieved as a brown belt in 2016. This much was explained by Renato himself in an interview given to BJJ Heroes that year.

Classing himself as a student of the game, Renato Canuto took elements out of many of the top grapplers of the older generations by analyzing their games to the most minute details. In the process, Renato created a very unique style. a style that many regarded as the most eye-pleasing jiu-jitsu of his generation, with submission and forward moving frame of mind and with no room for stalling.

During 2016 Renato went to the United States in order to prepare for the IBJJF Pan American Championship, working with Robert Drysdale for that effect. His talent shined through among the workgroup and followed a proposal to remain in Las Vegas and become one of the coaches at Drysdale’s academy. An offer accepted by Canuto. Later that year Renato’s father traveled to the US to award him his black belt in a ceremony held on December 2016.

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Renato Canuto Grappling Record

    26 (53%)
    7 (14%)
    12 (24%)
    3 (6%)
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Bow and arrow
Inside heel hook
    9 (60%)
    3 (20%)
    1 (7%)
    2 (13%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Triangle armbar

Renato Canuto Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11768Espen M.LPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio77KGRR2017
11776Pedro PaquitoD---Copa Podio77KGRR2017
11779Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 4x2Copa Podio77KGRR2017
11783H. MarquesLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGRR2017
12057Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 6x4Pan American76KGSF2017
12704Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x0Marianas82KGSF2017
12982Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPts: 9x2World Champ.76KG8F2017
14675Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLTriangle armbarEuropean OpenABS4F2018
14712Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 2x0European Open76KG4F2018
15640Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsLReferee DecisionKasai Pro 272KGSPF2018
15789Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas Open81KGF2018
15830C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionKing of Mats85KGSF2018
15858Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 0x0WP Br Qualifier85KGSF2018
16274Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGF2018
19143Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 6x4Pan American76KGF2019
20123Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2019
11919Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionFIVE SL76KGSPF2017
12047Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2017
12054Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KG4F2017
12701Mike SanchezWChokeMarianas82KG4F2017
12707Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Marianas82KG3RD2017
12974Lucas ValleWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13203Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWWristlockAmerican Nats76KG4F2017
13208Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 4x2American Nats76KGSF2017
13655Bret RussellWPts: 11x2Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
13658John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13662Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGSF2017
13664Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 8x2Grand Slam LA77KGF2017
13859Daniel DavisWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2017
13862Francisco DanielWPts: 8x0No Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2017
13864Frederico AugustoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.73KGF2017
14117Ben ButtarsWBow and arrowLong Beach Open76KG4F2017
14120Piter FrankWArmbarLong Beach Open76KGSF2017
14121Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 9x0Long Beach Open76KGF2017
14407AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14409Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 10x2Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14413Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14416Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWReferee DecisionKasai Pro70KGF2017
14495Tommi PulkkannenWArmbarNoGi Worlds73KGR22017
14499Isa AbleWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2017
14503Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 18x0NoGi Worlds73KGSF2017
14505AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds73KGF2017
14664John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 4x2European OpenABSR12018
14672Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 2x0European OpenABS8F2018
14710K. MarekWPts: 6x0European Open76KGR12018
15785Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPointsMarianas Open81KG4F2018
15788Servio TulioServio TulioWPts: 9x0Marianas Open81KGSF2018
15825Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWPointsKing of Mats85KGRR2018
15827Clark GracieClark GracieWArmbarKing of Mats85KGRR2018
15855Michael DouglasWArmbarWP Br Qualifier85KG4F2018
16249Tommi PulkkanenWArmbarWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16263Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR32018
16269Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2018
16273Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGSF2018
16959Jason RauWPts: 11x0Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
16963PJ BarchPJ BarchWPts: 1x0Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
16968Victor SilverioVictor SilverioD---Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
16972Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 1x1, PenKasai Pro 377KGF2018
17850Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0Kasai Pro 477KGSPF2018
18613Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWInside heel hookKasai Dallas76KGSPF2019
19131Piter FrankWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2019
19140Athos MirandaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2019
19142Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 4x0Pan American76KGSF2019
20111Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChokeWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20118Alef BritoAlef BritoWPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR22019
20121Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2019
20458Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 5x4KASAI SS Florida77KGSPF2019

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Renato Canuto vs Pedro Ramalho (2016)

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