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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: 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

14 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (71%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
20
2
#86e620
Kneebar
20
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
20
2
#d1212a
RNC
10
1
#fad11b
Triangle
10
1
#f58822
Toe hold
10
1
#224aba
Choke from back
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (71%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
20
1
#86e620
Outside heel hook
20
1
#5AD3D1
Estima lock
20
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
20
1
#fad11b
Katagatame
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rida Haisam Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17495Marcelo NunesMarcelo NunesLKatagatameQuintet 3ABSSPF2018
17757Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLInside heel hookWu Lin FangABSR12018
17758Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLOutside heel hookWu Lin FangABSR22018
19748Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 9x2World Pro94KG4F2019
19752Anton MinenkoLEstima lockWorld Pro94KGRPC2019
20811Fernando ReisFernando ReisLPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO94KGSF2019
21032Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLChoke from backMarianas OpenO85KGSF2019
18452Walter SantosWChoke from backDesafio AngolaABSSPF2018
18453Diemerson HattaWSubmissionDumau Cup100KGF2018
18454Diemerson HattaWSubmissionDumau CupABSF2018
18677Yuji AraiWKneebarGinna be CupO75KG4F2019
18678Kikuchi BrunoWRNCGinna be CupO75KGSF2019
18679Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPointsGunavy CupO75KGF2019
18697Declan MoodyWKneebarQuintet FN2ABSSF2019
18698I. TanabeD---Quintet FN2ABSSF2019
19744Zaid SamiWTriangleWorld Pro94KGR12019
20812Anton MinenkoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO94KG3RD2019
21034Choi WonWToe holdMarianas OpenO85KG3RD2019
22021N/AWPts: 17x2NYC Fall Open94KG4F2019
22022Charles McguireWArmbarNYC Fall Open94KGSF2019
22023Rodrigo AcioliWArmbarNYC Fall Open94KGF2019
22068Kyle ChambersWReferee DecisionQuintet FN4ABSSPF2019

Rida Haisam vs Erikson Takeushi (2017)

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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