Rodrigo Conceição Barbosa, more commonly known as Rodrigo “Akilis” (also spelled Aquiles or Achilles), is one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts in the lightweight division who competes for the Alliance Academy, Rodrigo Aquiles is also part of an incredible tradition of BJJ competitors from the Cantagalo slums in Rio de Janeiro, an area of the city that has produced several big names of the sport such as Fernando Tererê, Jackson Sousa, Alan “Finfou” and many others.
Rodrigo Conceição Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Rodrigo da Conceição Barbosa
Nickname: Aquiles (Achilles) was a self imposed nickname. Rodrigo identified himself with the Greek mythology hero.
- CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2011/2010** brown)
- CBJJ Brazilian National No Gi Champion (2012/2010 brown)
- IBJJF Rio Open Champion (2011 brown, 2010/2009* purple)
- CBJJ Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2012 brown)
- CBJJ Brazilian National No Gi 2nd Place (2012* brown)
- IBJJF Rio Winter Open 2nd Place (2017)
- IBJJF Rio Winter Open 3rd Place (2016)
- CBJJ Brazilian National No Gi 3rd Place (2012 purple)
- UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro 3rd Place (2016)
** Weight and absolute
Favorite Position/Technique: Butterfly Guard and Spider Guard
Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/167lbs)
Rodrigo Akilis Biography
Rodrigo Conceição was born on the 11th of November, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Conceição grew up the the (now) famous slums of Cantagalo, a place that has produced numerous BJJ champions, such as Tererê, Finfou, Jackson Sousa, Leu Martins and many others.
It was through Rodrigo’s mother that Jiu Jitsu entered in his life. Mrs Conceição was the cleaner of Ricardo De La Riva‘s gym in Rio de Janeiro, often bringing her young 8 year old son to the gym while she performed her duties. Master De La Riva took a shine to the young Rodrigo and decided to offer him a free membership, an opportunity the young kid grabbed with both hands.
The time spent at De La Riva’s academy was short lived and after receiving his yellow belt, Rodrigo Conceição made the move to the Alliance team of Alexandre Paiva, the famous Gigi. By the age of 14 Aquiles already had decided that he wanted to live the life of a Jiu Jitsu competitor. He saw several examples in the favela where he grew up, of men that kept away from the crime that haunts the slums through BJJ and he wanted to be one of those men when he grew up.
Another important figure in Rodrigo Conceição’s development as a competitor and as a person is coach Elan Santiago, who he met through Cantagalo’s social project “Amigos do Morro” at the age of 18, around the time Santiago came up to Cantagalo looking to gather volunteers that could help him with his own community project named “Projeto Sonhos” which he had started at GRES Beija Flor (Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Beija-Flor) in Nilópolis, Rio de Janeiro. Conceição agreed to be part of the coaching staff, a position he upheld, dividing his training between the project and the Alliance academy in Leblon with Alexandre Paiva.
The “Projeto Sonhos” and Master Elan Santiago were of great importance at a tough moment in Rodrigo Conceição’s, as he started working at the project around the same time he lost his mother to breast cancer. The work with Santiago kept Rodrigo focused and helped further establish Conceição’s desire to become a professional Jiu Jitsu competitor and a big name in the sport.
Rodrigo “Aquiles” Conceição received his black belt from Alexandre Paiva (the man who awarded all his belts from blue up) on the 19th of December. The event was celebrated across most of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu media.
Picture by William Burkhardt of BJJPix.com
Rodrigo Conceicao Grappling Record
7 SUBMISSIONS WINS
2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Rodrigo Conceicao Fight History
|7972||Geraldo Freitas||L||Points||Sub. Campos X||77KG||RR||2015|
|7974||Leonardo Vasconcelos||L||Points||Sub. Campos X||77KG||RR||2015|
|10077||Claudevan Oliveira||L||Points||Rio Winter Open||76KG||SF||2016|
|10388||Julio AnjosJulio Anjos||L||Adv||Sao Paulo Open||76KG||4F||2016|
|10642||Herbert BurnsHerbert Burns||L||Points||Brasileiro NoGi||73KG||4F||2016|
|10855||Pedro Farias||L||Referee Decision||Grand Slam RJ||77KG||8F||2016|
|10920||Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbe||L||Pts: 0x0, Adv||G.S. Rio NoGi||83KG||SF||2016|
|11468||Marcelo Mafra||L||RNC||ADCC RJ||77KG||4F||2017|
|12389||Erberth SantosErberth Santos||L||RNC||Brasileiro||ABS||4F||2017|
|12439||Gabriel RolloGabriel Rollo||L||Pts: 3x0||Brasileiro||76KG||4F||2017|
|12908||Matheus CostaMatheus Costa||L||Pts: 10x10, Adv||Rio Winter Open||76KG||F||2017|
|15059||Michael LieraMichael Liera||L||Pts: 10x8||Rome Open||76KG||F||2018|
|15543||Yan LucasYan Lucas||L||Pts: 0x0, Adv||Brasileiro||76KG||4F||2018|
|7968||Robson Maia||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||Mundial CBLP||76KG||4F||2015|
|7969||L. Vieira||W||Points||Mundial CBLP||76KG||SF||2015|
|7970||Erick Morais||W||Triangle armbar||Mundial CBLP||76KG||F||2015|
|7971||Wellington L.||W||Triangle||Sub. Campos X||77KG||RR||2015|
|10069||Luciano Bernert||W||Armbar||Rio Winter Open||76KG||R1||2016|
|10072||L. Correa||W||Armbar||Rio Winter Open||76KG||8F||2016|
|10075||Theodoro CanalTheodoro Canal||W||Adv||Rio Winter Open||76KG||4F||2016|
|10383||Rodrigo Almeida||W||DQ||Sao Paulo Open||76KG||R1||2016|
|10639||Vitor Matos||W||Points||Brasileiro NoGi||73KG||R1||2016|
|10846||Jan BuatimJan Buatim||W||Points||Grand Slam RJ||77KG||R2||2016|
|10913||Gabriel Lima||W||RNC||G.S. Rio NoGi||83KG||R1||2016|
|10918||Renan Gomes||W||Pts: 2x0||G.S. Rio NoGi||83KG||4F||2016|
|10921||Jose Alves||W||Pts: 6x0||G.S. Rio NoGi||83KG||3RD||2016|
|11462||Matheus CostaMatheus Costa||W||Points||ADCC RJ||77KG||R1||2017|
|11466||Eric Souza||W||Points||ADCC RJ||77KG||R2||2017|
|12381||Admilson GobiAdmilson Gobi||W||Pts: 2x0||Brasileiro||ABS||RDS||2017|
|12433||Rafael Suzuki||W||Pts: 2x0||Brasileiro||76KG||R2||2017|
|12902||Talles Benjamim||W||N/A||Rio Winter Open||76KG||R1||2017|
|12905||Talison Costa||W||Points||Rio Winter Open||76KG||4F||2017|
|12907||Luciano Bernert||W||N/A||Rio Winter Open||76KG||SF||2017|
|15058||Tommi Pulkkanen||W||Points||Rome Open||76KG||SF||2018|
|15533||Cesar Casamajo||W||Triangle armbar||Brasileiro||76KG||R1||2018|
|15540||Matheus CostaMatheus Costa||W||Pts: 6x2||Brasileiro||76KG||8F||2018|
Rodrigo Conceição vs Matheus Lemos