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Tarik Hopstock is a Norwegian grappler and a black belt in jiu-jitsu under Eduardo Rios (Teta), who represents the Scandinavian team Frontline in the sport’s global circuit. Hopstock made a name for himself as one of the leading competitors of Europe during his colored belt career, a reputation earned after his numerous medals on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) league, particularly the podium placements at the World, World No-Gi, and European Championships. Tarik Hopstock is also widely recognized as the creator of the Tarikoplata, a submission he introduced to the BJJ world as a blue belt.

Tarik Hopstock Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Tarik Hopstock

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlson GracieRicardo Libório > Eduardo Rios > Tarik Hopstock

Main Achievements:

  • 2nd Place Copa Podio 77KG Grand Prix (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2022)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2014 / 2015 blue, 2017 purple, 2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2015** blue, 2017** purple, 2018 brown
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2015 / 2016* purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2020* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2015* blue, 2016** purple, 2018* / 2019** / 2020* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 / 2017** purple, 2018 / 2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2016 purple)

Favorite Position / Technique: Straight ankle lock

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Frontline

Tarik Hopstock Biography

Tarik Hopstock was born on May 10, 1996, in Oslo, Norway.

Tarik’s first attempt at martial arts came through judo, an activity he practiced during his tweens at a local club. Although the experience was highly positive, his gym only offered one (1) judo class per week, a scarce schedule that did not satiate Hopstock’s training needs. While looking for another workgroup that offered a busier timetable, Tarik was invited by a friend to come and visit the Frontline Academy, an offer accepted by the young Norwegian.

At the Frontline Academy, Tarik discovered jiu-jitsu and met the team’s leader, Eduardo Rios (Teta) – one of the most charismatic and knowledgeable coaches on the European Continent – whose relationship with Hopstock is often mentioned by Tarik as a deciding factor in his sporting success.

As a juvenile athlete, Tarik started showing signs of his potential in the local circuit. Noticing Hopstock’s qualities, coach Rios pushed his student to attend the adult classes, a decision that helped Tarik’s growth tremendously. It was also the added hardship of practicing with his adult teammates that helped Hopstock develop one of his most celebrated creations – the Tarikoplata – a modified shoulder lock (check more details about this position here).

In an interview given to BJJ Heroes back in September 2020, Tarik Hopstock said of the Tarikoplata‘s inception:

It started with how I struggled to pull people’s arms out from the top kimura position. This was around 2014. So, one day after class I was trying to solve the problem with some of my teammates. A lot of the times I would try to almost deadlift the arm out or just go back to the D’Arce choke. My thought was that there had to be some technical way to advance with attacking the arm. After some trial and error I ended up passing the leg over my partner’s hip line, but we were all skeptical about the move at the time. We thought it was too risky turning your back to the opponent. Later I started to recognize the position for the bottom and had successfully applied it to my game. We didn’t even call it Tarikoplata until I had gotten it numerous times in competitions.

The talent displayed during his juvenile grappling career only improved as Tarik moved on to the adult division. After numerous medals in the sport’s top events, and wins over many high-level competitors, Hopstock was promoted to black belt by his long-time instructor, Eduardo Rios, in a ceremony that took place on December 05, 2021.

ABOUT TARIK HOPSTOCK’S GRAPPLING RECORD

Although Tarik made his black belt debut on February 2022, at the European Open, the Norwegian grappler had competed in previous years, as a brown belt, in a few of the sport’s top pro-circuit events, namely in Polaris & Copa Pódio. Although BJJ Heroes traditionally only accounts for adult black belt matches (the main division in our sport), we believed these previous matches were landmarks in Hopstock’s career and worth including in his record.

Tarik Hopstock Grappling Record

29 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (7%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (83%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

24 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
38
9
#86e620
Footlock
21
5
#5AD3D1
Tarikoplata
13
3
#d1212a
Darce choke
13
3
#fad11b
Kimura
4
1
#f58822
Arm in Ezekiel
4
1
#224aba
Kneebar
4
1
#ff9124
Armbar
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (39%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
29
2
#86e620
Bow and arrow
14
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
14
1
#d1212a
Botinha
14
1
#fad11b
Kneebar
14
1
#f58822
Choke
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tarik Hopstock Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
19204Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio77KGRR2019
19217Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLChoke from backCopa Podio77KGF2019
24069Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
30584Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLBow and arrowEuropean Open82KGSF2022
32952Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 8x4World Champ.82KG4F2022
37190Vinicius LiberatiVinicius LiberatiLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12023
37275Faris LamkademLReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KGR22023
37714Faris LamkademLPts: 2x0London Open88KGSF2023
37732Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLChoke from backLondon OpenABSSF2023
37762Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLRNCLondon NGO91KGF2023
37768Erick SouzaLPointsLondon NGOABS4F2023
38286Jansen GomesJansen GomesLPts: 12x1AJPGD LDN85KG4F2023
38294Erick SouzaLBotinhaAJPGD LDN85KGRPC2023
38463Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2023
40362Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloLKneebarWorld Champ.82KG4F2023
42608Jozef ChenJozef ChenD---Quintet 4ABSNA2023
42707Omer EmanoelyLPts: 2x0ADCC EU Trials88KG8F2023
44218Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi79KGSF2023
45687Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 6x0NoGi World79KG4F2023
46355Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLChokeEuropean Open82KG4F2024
19201Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroWFootlockCopa Podio77KGRR2019
19206Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWTarikoplataCopa Podio77KGRR2019
19216Alef BritoAlef BritoWFootlockCopa Podio77KGSF2019
19539Eoghan OFlanaganWStraight ankle lockPolaris 982KGSPF2019
21511Sean McDonaghWTarikoplataPolaris 1185KGSPF2019
24070Kieran DavernD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
28375Fred GrenallWReferee DecisionPolaris 1785KGSPF2021
30583Evyatar PaperniWStraight ankle lockEuropean Open82KG4F2022
32019Max LindbladMax LindbladWFootlockDublin Open82KGSF2022
32031Haidar AbbasWFootlockDublin OpenABSR12022
32034Jan ZanderWKimuraDublin OpenABS4F2022
32036Sean CoatesWFootlockDublin OpenABSSF2022
32038Lucasz MichalecWPointsDublin OpenABSF2022
32938Gyalisson FreitasWStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.82KGR12022
32946Servio TulioServio TulioWStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.82KG8F2022
37710Oliver FalkinghamWArm in EzekielLondon Open88KG4F2023
37724Baruc BarriosWDarce chokeLondon OpenABSR12023
37728Bradley SchneiderWPts: 22x0London OpenABS4F2023
37760Max BickertonWPts: 0x0, PenLondon NGO91KGSF2023
38279Hiago LimaWStraight ankle lockAJPGD LDN85KGR12023
38293Fredrik WidgrenWKneebarAJPGD LDN85KGRPC2023
38459Joshua McKinneyWStraight ankle lockPan American82KGR12023
40354Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.82KG8F2023
42706Ben HodgkinsonWDarce chokeADCC EU Trials88KG16F2023
43425Bilal BenmahamedWStraight ankle lockReunionABSSPF2023
44201Matheus RangelWArmbarEuropean NoGi79KGR12023
44212Jakub NajdekWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG8F2023
44214Thomas ReesWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi79KG4F2023
45683Pierpaolo ChiappeWTarikoplataNoGi World79KGR22023
46354Breno DamieriWStraight ankle lockEuropean Open82KG8F2024
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