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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
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (28%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Rodrigo Conceicao Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
8091Geraldo FreitasLPointsSub. Campos X77KGRR2015
8093Leonardo VasconcelosLPointsSub. Campos X77KGRR2015
9740Sandro VieiraLN/ABrasileiro76KG8F2016
10245Claudevan OliveiraLPointsRio Winter Open76KGSF2016
10563Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLAdvSao Paulo Open76KG4F2016
10835Herbert BurnsHerbert BurnsLPointsBrasileiro NoGi73KG4F2016
11048Pedro FariasLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KG8F2016
11113Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeLPts: 0x0, AdvG.S. Rio NoGi83KGSF2016
11744Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLRNCADCC RJ77KG4F2017
12707Erberth SantosErberth SantosLRNCBrasileiroABS4F2017
12757Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 3x0Brasileiro76KG4F2017
13249Matheus CostaMatheus CostaLPts: 10x10, AdvRio Winter Open76KGF2017
15677Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 10x8Rome Open76KGF2018
16221Yan LucasYan LucasLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KG4F2018
17923Max LindbladMax LindbladLChoke from backLondon FO82KGSF2018
17933Jackson SousaJackson SousaLArmbarLondon FOABSSF2018
31771Matheus PaulaLPts: 5x0Rio Fall Open82KGR12022
31814Lafayette PinheiroLPts: 2x2, AdvRio Fall OpenABSR12022
8087Robson MaiaWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBLP76KG4F2015
8088L. VieiraWPointsMundial CBLP76KGSF2015
8089Erick MoraisWTriangle armbarMundial CBLP76KGF2015
8090Wellington L.WTriangleSub. Campos X77KGRR2015
9732Gustavo ZueliWN/ABrasileiro76KGR12016
10237Luciano BernertWArmbarRio Winter Open76KGR12016
10240L. CorreaWArmbarRio Winter Open76KG8F2016
10243Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWAdvRio Winter Open76KG4F2016
10558Rodrigo AlmeidaWDQSao Paulo Open76KGR12016
10832Vitor MatosWPointsBrasileiro NoGi73KGR12016
11039Jan BuatimJan BuatimWPointsGrand Slam RJ77KGR22016
11106Gabriel LimaWRNCG.S. Rio NoGi83KGR12016
11111Renan GomesWPts: 2x0G.S. Rio NoGi83KG4F2016
11114Jose AlvesWPts: 6x0G.S. Rio NoGi83KG3RD2016
11738Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWPointsADCC RJ77KGR12017
11742Eric SouzaWPointsADCC RJ77KGR22017
12699Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSRDS2017
12743Raphaello PinheiroWArmbarBrasileiro76KGR12017
12751Rafael SuzukiWPts: 2x0Brasileiro76KGR22017
13243Talles BenjamimWN/ARio Winter Open76KGR12017
13246Talison CostaWPointsRio Winter Open76KG4F2017
13248Luciano BernertWN/ARio Winter Open76KGSF2017
15676Tommi PulkkanenWPointsRome Open76KGSF2018
16211Cesar CasamajoWTriangle armbarBrasileiro76KGR12018
16218Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWPts: 6x2Brasileiro76KG8F2018
17932Azzedine TazWN/ALondon FOABS4F2018

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