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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:

  • 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: 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

25 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (16%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (72%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
28
5
#86e620
RNC
17
3
#5AD3D1
Submission
11
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
11
2
#fad11b
Triangle
11
2
#f58822
Choke from back
6
1
#224aba
Toe hold
6
1
#ff9124
Verbal tap
6
1
#bf1f6c
Inside heel hook
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (58%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
29
2
#86e620
Katagatame
14
1
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
14
1
#d1212a
Estima lock
14
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
14
1
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rida Haisam Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17659Marcelo NunesMarcelo NunesLKatagatameQuintet 3ABSSPF2018
17930Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLInside heel hookWu Lin FangABSR12018
17931Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLOutside heel hookWu Lin FangABSR22018
20007Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 9x2World Pro94KG4F2019
20011Anton MinenkoLEstima lockWorld Pro94KGRPC2019
21110Fernando ReisFernando ReisLPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO94KGSF2019
21361Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLChoke from backMarianas OpenO85KGSF2019
23994Igor TanabeIgor TanabeLPointsKinya Boyz TYOABSSPF2020
24061Igor TanabeIgor TanabeLStraight ankle lockQuintet FN5ABSSPF2020
24398Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionAmerican NGNABSSF2020
24964Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonLPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NGOABS4F2021
25525Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasLInside heel hookHouston NGO91KGF2021
18652Walter SantosWChoke from backDesafio AngolaABSSPF2018
18653Diemerson HattaWSubmissionDumau Cup100KGF2018
18654Diemerson HattaWSubmissionDumau CupABSF2018
18903Yuji AraiWKneebarGinna be CupO75KG4F2019
18904Kikuchi BrunoWRNCGinna be CupO75KGSF2019
18905Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPointsGunavy CupO75KGF2019
18923Declan MoodyWKneebarQuintet FN2ABSSF2019
18924I. TanabeD---Quintet FN2ABSSF2019
20003Zaid SamiWTriangleWorld Pro94KGR12019
21111Anton MinenkoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO94KG3RD2019
21363Choi WonWToe holdMarianas OpenO85KG3RD2019
22493N/AWPts: 17x2NYC Fall Open94KG4F2019
22494Charles McguireWArmbarNYC Fall Open94KGSF2019
22495Rodrigo AcioliWArmbarNYC Fall Open94KGF2019
22550Kyle ChambersWReferee DecisionQuintet FN4ABSSPF2019
24380Francisco LeonWArmbarAmerican NGN97KG4F2020
24381Charles McGuireWVerbal tapAmerican NGN97KGSF2020
24382Robert DunnWArmbarAmerican NGN97KGF2020
24391Enrique MarchWArmbarAmerican NGNABSR12020
24394Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWRNCAmerican NGNABS4F2020
24769Brandon AllenWReferee DecisionF2W 16193KGSPF2021
24956Patrick GoncalvesWInside heel hookDallas NGO97KGF2021
24962Alexander LeWRNCDallas NGOABSR12021
25522Charles McGuireWTriangleHouston NGO91KG4F2021
25524Joseph WatsonWPts: 2x0Houston NGO91KGSF2021
25637Sloan ClymerWReferee DecisionWNO 894KGSPF2021

Rida Haisam vs Erikson Takeushi (2017)

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