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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″).

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti (Jacaré) > Alexandre Paiva (Gi-gi) > Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa > Yuki Ishikawa > Rida Haisam

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2020 / 2021)
  • 1st Place Quintet Fight Night II (2019)
  • 2nd Place Quintet II Challenge (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2020*)
  • 3rd Place WNO Championships (2021)

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)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Kneebar

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94,30 kg / 208.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Assembly Jiu-Jitsu

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.

While pursuing the best competitive circuit to advance his career, in November 2020, Haisam decided to break from his Tokyo bond of 11 years and relocate to compete in the US for the Assembly Academy, located in Detroit.

About Haisam's Record

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

36 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (11%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    26 (72%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

26 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
38
10
#86e620
RNC
15
4
#5AD3D1
Triangle
12
3
#d1212a
Submission
8
2
#fad11b
Kneebar
8
2
#f58822
Choke from back
4
1
#224aba
Toe hold
4
1
#ff9124
Verbal tap
4
1
#bf1f6c
Inside heel hook
4
1
#22c9a5
Short choke
4
1
26
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
44
4
#86e620
Katagatame
11
1
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
11
1
#d1212a
Estima lock
11
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
11
1
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rida Haisam Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17671Marcelo NunesMarcelo NunesLKatagatameQuintet 3ABSSPF2018
17945Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLInside heel hookWu Lin FangABSR12018
17946Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLOutside heel hookWu Lin FangABSR22018
20045Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 9x2World Pro94KG4F2019
20049Anton MinenkoLEstima lockWorld Pro94KGRPC2019
21151Fernando ReisFernando ReisLPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO94KGSF2019
21408Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLChoke from backMarianas OpenO85KGSF2019
24070Igor TanabeIgor TanabeLPointsKinya Boyz TYOABSSPF2020
24139Igor TanabeIgor TanabeLStraight ankle lockQuintet FN5ABSSPF2020
24480Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionAmerican NGNABSSF2020
25066Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonLPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NGOABS4F2021
25654Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasLInside heel hookHouston NGO91KGF2021
25975Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.97KG4F2021
26007Joseph WatsonLInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
27676Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLInside heel hookWNO Champ.ABS4F2021
28106Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds97KG4F2021
18673Walter SantosWChoke from backDesafio AngolaABSSPF2018
18674Diemerson HattaWSubmissionDumau Cup100KGF2018
18675Diemerson HattaWSubmissionDumau CupABSF2018
18926Yuji AraiWKneebarGinna be CupO75KG4F2019
18927Kikuchi BrunoWRNCGinna be CupO75KGSF2019
18928Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPointsGunavy CupO75KGF2019
18946Declan MoodyWKneebarQuintet FN2ABSSF2019
18947I. TanabeD---Quintet FN2ABSSF2019
20041Zaid SamiWTriangleWorld Pro94KGR12019
21152Anton MinenkoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO94KG3RD2019
21410Choi WonWToe holdMarianas OpenO85KG3RD2019
22548N/AWPts: 17x2NYC Fall Open94KG4F2019
22549Charles McguireWArmbarNYC Fall Open94KGSF2019
22550Rodrigo AcioliWArmbarNYC Fall Open94KGF2019
22606Kyle ChambersWReferee DecisionQuintet FN4ABSSPF2019
24462Francisco LeonWArmbarAmerican NGN97KG4F2020
24463Charles McGuireWVerbal tapAmerican NGN97KGSF2020
24464Robert DunnWArmbarAmerican NGN97KGF2020
24473Enrique MarchWArmbarAmerican NGNABSR12020
24476Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWRNCAmerican NGNABS4F2020
24865Brandon AllenWReferee DecisionF2W 16193KGSPF2021
25058Patrick GoncalvesWInside heel hookDallas NGO97KGF2021
25064Alexander LeWRNCDallas NGOABSR12021
25079Nonso EbedWReferee DecisionF2W 167N/ASPF2021
25651Charles McGuireWTriangleHouston NGO91KG4F2021
25653Joseph WatsonWPts: 2x0Houston NGO91KGSF2021
25767Sloan ClymerWReferee DecisionWNO 894KGSPF2021
26323Antonio ZuazoWArmbarDetroit Open94KGRR2021
26324Antonio ZuazoWArmbarDetroit Open94KGF2021
26408Miha PerhavecWArmbarWNO 1092KGSPF2021
26535Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican NGN97KG4F2021
26537Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWArmbarAmerican NGN97KGF2021
27256B. SchneiderWRNCFuji 16 ManABSSF2021
27257Devin KingWArmbarFuji 16 ManABSF2021
27710Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWShort chokeWNO Champ.ABSRPC2021
27711Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWReferee DecisionWNO Champ.ABS3RD2021
28103Xavier SilvaWTriangleNoGi Worlds97KG8F2021

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