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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

41 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (10%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    30 (73%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

30 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
37
11
#86e620
RNC
17
5
#5AD3D1
Triangle
10
3
#d1212a
Submission
10
3
#fad11b
Kneebar
7
2
#f58822
Toe hold
3
1
#224aba
Verbal tap
3
1
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
3
1
#bf1f6c
Short choke
3
1
#22c9a5
Triangle armbar
3
1
#fad223
Choke from back
3
1
30
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (54%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (4%)

15 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
33
5
#86e620
Katagatame
13
2
#5AD3D1
Estima lock
7
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
7
1
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
7
1
#f58822
Shoulder lock
7
1
#224aba
Triangle
7
1
#ff9124
RNC
7
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
7
1
#22c9a5
Outside heel hook
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rida Haisam Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17729Marcelo NunesMarcelo NunesLKatagatameQuintet 3ABSSPF2018
18016Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLInside heel hookWu Lin FangABSR12018
18017Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLOutside heel hookWu Lin FangABSR22018
20142Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 9x2World Pro94KG4F2019
20146Anton MinenkoLEstima lockWorld Pro94KGRPC2019
21253Fernando ReisFernando ReisLPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO94KGSF2019
21512Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLChoke from backMarianas OpenO85KGSF2019
24244Igor TanabeIgor TanabeLPointsKinya Boyz TYOABSSPF2020
24313Igor TanabeIgor TanabeLStraight ankle lockQuintet FN5ABSSPF2020
24656Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionAmerican NGNABSSF2020
25259Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonLPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NGOABS4F2021
25853Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasLInside heel hookHouston NGO91KGF2021
26182Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.97KG4F2021
26215Joseph WatsonLInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
27904Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLInside heel hookWNO Champ.ABS4F2021
28337Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds97KG4F2021
30901Clay MayfieldLN/AIndianapolis NGOABSSF2022
33508Helton JoseHelton JoseLDQAmerican NGNO97KGF2022
35101Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLPts: 2x0ADCCO99KG4F2022
35128Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLShoulder lockADCCABS8F2022
35641Davi CabralDavi CabralLPts: 4x2NoGi PanO97KGF2022
36236Luke GriffithLuke GriffithLInside heel hookWNOO95KGSPF2022
37001Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLTriangleUFC FP Inv.ABS4F2022
37453Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLReferee DecisionGrapple ITT3N/ASPF2023
40865Fedor NikolovLEBI/OTUFC FPI 4ABS4F2023
42174Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCWNO 19ABSSPF2023
42689Richie MartinezRichie MartinezD---Quintet 4ABSNA2023
45929Mason FowlerMason FowlerLKimuraUFC FPI 5ABSSPF2023
47245Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLKatagatameIBJJF NGGPABS4F2024
18754Walter SantosWChoke from backDesafio AngolaABSSPF2018
18755Diemerson HattaWSubmissionDumau Cup100KGF2018
18756Diemerson HattaWSubmissionDumau CupABSF2018
19009Yuji AraiWKneebarGinna be CupO75KG4F2019
19010Kikuchi BrunoWRNCGinna be CupO75KGSF2019
19011Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPointsGunavy CupO75KGF2019
19029Declan MoodyWKneebarQuintet FN2ABSSF2019
19030I. TanabeD---Quintet FN2ABSSF2019
20138Zaid SamiWTriangleWorld Pro94KGR12019
21254Anton MinenkoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO94KG3RD2019
21514Choi WonWToe holdMarianas OpenO85KG3RD2019
22680N/AWPts: 17x2NYC Fall Open94KG4F2019
22681Charles McguireWArmbarNYC Fall Open94KGSF2019
22682Rodrigo AcioliWArmbarNYC Fall Open94KGF2019
22739Kyle ChambersWReferee DecisionQuintet FN4ABSSPF2019
24638Francisco LeonWArmbarAmerican NGN97KG4F2020
24639Charles McGuireWVerbal tapAmerican NGN97KGSF2020
24640Robert DunnWArmbarAmerican NGN97KGF2020
24649Enrique MarchWArmbarAmerican NGNABSR12020
24652Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWRNCAmerican NGNABS4F2020
25056Brandon AllenWReferee DecisionF2W 16193KGSPF2021
25251Patrick GoncalvesWInside heel hookDallas NGO97KGF2021
25257Alexander LeWRNCDallas NGOABSR12021
25273Nonso EbedWReferee DecisionF2W 167N/ASPF2021
25850Charles McGuireWTriangleHouston NGO91KG4F2021
25852Joseph WatsonWPts: 2x0Houston NGO91KGSF2021
25973Sloan ClymerWReferee DecisionWNO 894KGSPF2021
26535Antonio ZuazoWArmbarDetroit Open94KGRR2021
26536Antonio ZuazoWArmbarDetroit Open94KGF2021
26621Miha PerhavecWArmbarWNO 1092KGSPF2021
26757Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican NGN97KG4F2021
26759Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWArmbarAmerican NGN97KGF2021
27478B. SchneiderWRNCFuji 16 ManABSSF2021
27479Devin KingWArmbarFuji 16 ManABSF2021
27938Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWShort chokeWNO Champ.ABSRPC2021
27939Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWReferee DecisionWNO Champ.ABS3RD2021
28334Xavier SilvaWTriangleNoGi Worlds97KG8F2021
31309Elder CruzElder CruzWRNCWNO 1292KGSPF2022
31822William VincentWTriangle armbarBJJ FanaticsABSRR2022
33507Joshua GuerraWSubmissionAmerican NGNO97KGSF2022
35098Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWArmbarADCCO99KGR12022
35640Salenco CoutinhoWDQNoGi PanO97KGSF2022

Rida Haisam vs Erikson Takeushi (2017)

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