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Rodrigo “Akilis” Conceição

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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 TererêJackson 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.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva > Rodrigo Conceição

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2019 Master 1)
  • IBJJF Rome Open 2nd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF Rio Winter Open 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF Rio Winter Open 3rd Place (2016)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 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)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National No Gi 3rd Place (2012 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Butterfly Guard and Spider Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/167lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

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 SousaLeu 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

26 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
43
3
#86e620
Triangle armbar
29
2
#5AD3D1
RNC
14
1
#d1212a
Triangle
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (25%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
50
2
#86e620
Choke from back
25
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rodrigo Conceicao Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
8067Geraldo FreitasLPointsSub. Campos X77KGRR2015
8069Leonardo VasconcelosLPointsSub. Campos X77KGRR2015
9698Sandro VieiraLN/ABrasileiro76KG8F2016
10202Claudevan OliveiraLPointsRio Winter Open76KGSF2016
10520Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLAdvSao Paulo Open76KG4F2016
10790Herbert BurnsHerbert BurnsLPointsBrasileiro NoGi73KG4F2016
11003Pedro FariasLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KG8F2016
11068Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeLPts: 0x0, AdvG.S. Rio NoGi83KGSF2016
11677Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLRNCADCC RJ77KG4F2017
12622Erberth SantosErberth SantosLRNCBrasileiroABS4F2017
12672Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 3x0Brasileiro76KG4F2017
13155Matheus CostaMatheus CostaLPts: 10x10, AdvRio Winter Open76KGF2017
15519Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 10x8Rome Open76KGF2018
16052Yan LucasYan LucasLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KG4F2018
17688Max LindbladMax LindbladLChoke from backLondon Fall Open82KGSF2018
17698Jackson SousaJackson SousaLArmbarLondon Fall OpenABSSF2018
8063Robson MaiaWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBLP76KG4F2015
8064L. VieiraWPointsMundial CBLP76KGSF2015
8065Erick MoraisWTriangle armbarMundial CBLP76KGF2015
8066Wellington L.WTriangleSub. Campos X77KGRR2015
9690Gustavo ZueliWN/ABrasileiro76KGR12016
10194Luciano BernertWArmbarRio Winter Open76KGR12016
10197L. CorreaWArmbarRio Winter Open76KG8F2016
10200Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWAdvRio Winter Open76KG4F2016
10515Rodrigo AlmeidaWDQSao Paulo Open76KGR12016
10787Vitor MatosWPointsBrasileiro NoGi73KGR12016
10994Jan BuatimJan BuatimWPointsGrand Slam RJ77KGR22016
11061Gabriel LimaWRNCG.S. Rio NoGi83KGR12016
11066Renan GomesWPts: 2x0G.S. Rio NoGi83KG4F2016
11069Jose AlvesWPts: 6x0G.S. Rio NoGi83KG3RD2016
11671Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWPointsADCC RJ77KGR12017
11675Eric SouzaWPointsADCC RJ77KGR22017
12614Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSRDS2017
12658Raphaello PinheiroWArmbarBrasileiro76KGR12017
12666Rafael SuzukiWPts: 2x0Brasileiro76KGR22017
13149Talles BenjamimWN/ARio Winter Open76KGR12017
13152Talison CostaWPointsRio Winter Open76KG4F2017
13154Luciano BernertWN/ARio Winter Open76KGSF2017
15518Tommi PulkkanenWPointsRome Open76KGSF2018
16042Cesar CasamajoWTriangle armbarBrasileiro76KGR12018
16049Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWPts: 6x2Brasileiro76KG8F2018
17697Azzedine TazWN/ALondon Fall OpenABS4F2018

Rodrigo Conceição vs Matheus Lemos

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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