Rida Haisam is a native of Ghana and a grappling pro athlete who earned his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt from Yuki Ishikawa, founder of Japan’s Carpe Diem Academy. Haisam made himself noticed as a brown belt, after a fantastic performance at the ‘Quintet: Grappling Team Survival Match II’ event, where he submitted 4 well known black belts, he would later cement his status as one of the top African BJJ competitors.
Rida Haisam Jiu-Jitsu
Full Name: Rida Haisam Isaac
Nickname: Haisam was named ‘Giraffe’ by his training partners due to his lanky body frame (1,93m / 6’3″).
- Quintet Fight Night II Champion (2019)
- Quintet II Challenge 2nd Place (2018)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- IBJJF Asian Open Champion (2018**)
- JBJJF All Japan Champion (2017/2018**)
- UAEJJF Grand Slam Tokyo 2nd Place (2017 brown)
- IBJJF European Open 3rd Place (2018 brown)
- UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro 3rd Place (2018 brown)
** Weight and absolute
Favorite Position/Technique: Kneebar
Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94,30 kg / 208.0 lbs)
Team/Association: Carpe Diem
Rida Haisam Biography
Rida Haisam was born on July 25, 1993, in Accra – the capital of Ghana, on the Atlantic coast of West Africa, where he spent his formative years.
While growing up Rida’s sporting interests lied in football (soccer) and basketball, two sports Haisam played competitively from elementary to high school. These activities were stopped short in 2009 after his father’s services were hired by a Japanese construction company, and the family moved to Tokyo.
During their stay in Japan, the Rida family became close with Haisam’s father’s overseer, a man who was also a jiu-jitsu enthusiast and BJJ coach. It was he who introduced the young Ghana talent to the martial art in 2011, an activity Haisam fell in love with from the very start.
Yamada Shigetaka became Haisam’s first jiu-jitsu instructor and the man who graded Rida with his blue (2012), purple (2014) and brown belts (2016). As a brown belt, however, the heavyweight athlete decided to take a step towards professionalism and looking to train in a more competitive atmosphere he left Yamada’s dojo and joined Yuki Ishikawa’s well known Carpe Diem Academy, a gym famed for housing some of the top competitors in Japan. It was while training under Ishikawa that Rida earned his black belt, on September 15, 2018.
The individual’s grappling record feature available on BJJ Heroes relates solely to matches in the adult black belt divisions. At the time of Rida’s first appearance at Quintet, he was a brown belt, and therefore those matches are not accounted for on this list.
Rida Haisam Grappling Record
- BY DQ
10 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Rida Haisam Fight History
|17538||Marcelo NunesMarcelo Nunes||L||Katagatame||Quintet 3||ABS||SPF||2018|
|17804||Lachlan GilesLachlan Giles||L||Inside heel hook||Wu Lin Fang||ABS||R1||2018|
|17805||Lachlan GilesLachlan Giles||L||Outside heel hook||Wu Lin Fang||ABS||R2||2018|
|19816||Adam WardzinskiAdam Wardzinski||L||Pts: 9x2||World Pro||94KG||4F||2019|
|19820||Anton Minenko||L||Estima lock||World Pro||94KG||RPC||2019|
|20886||Fernando ReisFernando Reis||L||Pts: 6x2||Grand Slam TYO||94KG||SF||2019|
|21114||Kaynan DuarteKaynan Duarte||L||Choke from back||Marianas Open||O85KG||SF||2019|
|18505||Walter Santos||W||Choke from back||Desafio Angola||ABS||SPF||2018|
|18506||Diemerson Hatta||W||Submission||Dumau Cup||100KG||F||2018|
|18507||Diemerson Hatta||W||Submission||Dumau Cup||ABS||F||2018|
|18735||Yuji Arai||W||Kneebar||Ginna be Cup||O75KG||4F||2019|
|18736||Kikuchi Bruno||W||RNC||Ginna be Cup||O75KG||SF||2019|
|18737||Sergio RiosSergio Rios||W||Points||Gunavy Cup||O75KG||F||2019|
|18755||Declan Moody||W||Kneebar||Quintet FN2||ABS||SF||2019|
|18756||I. Tanabe||D||---||Quintet FN2||ABS||SF||2019|
|19812||Zaid Sami||W||Triangle||World Pro||94KG||R1||2019|
|20887||Anton Minenko||W||Pts: 4x0||Grand Slam TYO||94KG||3RD||2019|
|21116||Choi Won||W||Toe hold||Marianas Open||O85KG||3RD||2019|
|22110||N/A||W||Pts: 17x2||NYC Fall Open||94KG||4F||2019|
|22111||Charles Mcguire||W||Armbar||NYC Fall Open||94KG||SF||2019|
|22112||Rodrigo Acioli||W||Armbar||NYC Fall Open||94KG||F||2019|
|22164||Kyle Chambers||W||Referee Decision||Quintet FN4||ABS||SPF||2019|
Rida Haisam vs Erikson Takeushi (2017)