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Rida Haisam

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Instructional by Alexandre Ribeiro

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

Main Achievements:

  • 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)

* Absolute
** 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.

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

20 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (15%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (75%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
33
5
#86e620
Submission
13
2
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
2
#d1212a
RNC
13
2
#fad11b
Choke from back
7
1
#f58822
Triangle
7
1
#224aba
Toe hold
7
1
#ff9124
Verbal tap
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
10 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (60%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Katagatame
17
1
#86e620
Inside heel hook
17
1
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
17
1
#d1212a
Estima lock
17
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
17
1
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rida Haisam Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17656Marcelo NunesMarcelo NunesLKatagatameQuintet 3ABSSPF2018
17927Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLInside heel hookWu Lin FangABSR12018
17928Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLOutside heel hookWu Lin FangABSR22018
20000Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 9x2World Pro94KG4F2019
20004Anton MinenkoLEstima lockWorld Pro94KGRPC2019
21103Fernando ReisFernando ReisLPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO94KGSF2019
21354Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLChoke from backMarianas OpenO85KGSF2019
23970Igor TanabeIgor TanabeLPointsKinya Boyz TYOABSSPF2020
24037Igor TanabeIgor TanabeLStraight ankle lockQuintet FN5ABSSPF2020
24374Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionAmerican NGNABSSF2020
18649Walter SantosWChoke from backDesafio AngolaABSSPF2018
18650Diemerson HattaWSubmissionDumau Cup100KGF2018
18651Diemerson HattaWSubmissionDumau CupABSF2018
18899Yuji AraiWKneebarGinna be CupO75KG4F2019
18900Kikuchi BrunoWRNCGinna be CupO75KGSF2019
18901Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPointsGunavy CupO75KGF2019
18919Declan MoodyWKneebarQuintet FN2ABSSF2019
18920I. TanabeD---Quintet FN2ABSSF2019
19996Zaid SamiWTriangleWorld Pro94KGR12019
21104Anton MinenkoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO94KG3RD2019
21356Choi WonWToe holdMarianas OpenO85KG3RD2019
22485N/AWPts: 17x2NYC Fall Open94KG4F2019
22486Charles McguireWArmbarNYC Fall Open94KGSF2019
22487Rodrigo AcioliWArmbarNYC Fall Open94KGF2019
22541Kyle ChambersWReferee DecisionQuintet FN4ABSSPF2019
24356Francisco LeonWArmbarAmerican NGN97KG4F2020
24357Charles McGuireWVerbal tapAmerican NGN97KGSF2020
24358Robert DunnWArmbarAmerican NGN97KGF2020
24367Enrique MarchWArmbarAmerican NGNABSR12020
24370Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWRNCAmerican NGNABS4F2020
24738Brandon AllenWReferee DecisionF2W 16193KGSPF2021

Rida Haisam vs Erikson Takeushi (2017)

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