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Tarsis Humphreys is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu top competitor in the black belt “Peso Meio Pesado” division (under 88kg/194lbs). The Alliance BJJ academy representative was the first man graded by Fabio Gurgel from white to black belt to earn a gold medal at the World Championships (in the black belt division), Tarsis  was also the winner of the very first World Professional Jiu Jitsu Cup (today called Abu Dhabi World Pro) in both his weight and the open weight divisions back in 2009.

Tarsis Humphreys Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Tarsis Carvalho Humphreys

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fábio Gurgel > Tarsis Humphreys

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2010)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2006** brown)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2010)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2006 brown, 2009)
  • IBJJF Los Angeles BJJ Pro Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2000 blue junior, 2009/2015)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2004** brown, 2007**/2008)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2008)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (1998 child yellow, 2006 brown absolute, 2009)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2002 purple, 2004** brown/2005* brown, 2007/2008)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2008*)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship 3rd Place (2010*)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (2007)
  • ADCC Finals 3rd Place (2007)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favourite Position/Technique: Good overall game

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg-194lbs)

Association/Team: Alliance

Tarsis Humphreys Biography

Tarsis Humphreys was born on November 4th 1983 in Sao Paulo capital of Sao Paulo state in Brazil. He started training Jiu Jitsu when he was around 13 years of age after a close friend from school showed him a couple fo BJJ moves, namely the armbar and the “mata leao”. After Tarsis witnessed how effective these techniques were he decided to give Jiu Jitsu a go.

Tarsis’ first and only coach was the famous “General” of Alliance, Fabio Gurgel. Gurgel graded Tarsis in all his belt, including his black belt in 2006 just after he won the world title for the second time in the brown belt division. After he reached the black belt level, Tarsis Humphreys continued in good form proving he was more then capable of fighting amongst the best grapplers in the world, winning the Pan American Championships that year in both his weight and the open weight (absolute) division.

In 2009 after he won both his weight class and the absolute division at the World Pro Cup finals in Abu Dhabi (earning a total of 14 000 dollars in the process), Tarsis told the press he would use that money to invest on tuition for a new profession, though maintaining that he would not leave Jiu Jitsu. Tarsis would later move to the United States of America (2010) where he opened his own academy, though the American experience was short lived and he chose to return to Brazil.

Tarsis Humphreys Grappling Record

60 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    30 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
40
8
#86e620
Armbar
20
4
#5AD3D1
Footlock
10
2
#d1212a
Leglock
5
1
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
5
1
#f58822
Choke
5
1
#224aba
Kneebar
5
1
#ff9124
Toe hold
5
1
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
48 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    24 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
14
1
#86e620
Choke from back
14
1
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
14
1
#d1212a
Kimura
14
1
#fad11b
Footlock
14
1
#f58822
Estima lock
14
1
#224aba
Triangle
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tarsis Humphreys Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1437Delson HelenoDelson HelenoLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2006
1463Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsWorld Champ.ABS4F2006
1615Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGF2007
1629Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 6x6, AdvPan AmericanABSF2007
1645Delson HelenoDelson HelenoLPenADCC Trials88KGF2007
1658A. CacarecoLPointsADCCABS4F2007
1698Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KGSF2007
1748Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KGSF2007
1763Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1815Luiz TheodoroLPointsSuper ChallengeABSSF2007
1865Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLInjuryPan American88KGF2008
1948Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2008
2004Marcello SalazarLN/ANoGi Worlds88KGR12008
2046Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
2105Rafael RihanLPointsBrasileiro88KGF2009
2248David AvellanLRNCADCC88KG4F2009
2338Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGF2009
2360Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPointsWorld Champ.ABSR12009
2489Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLAdvEuropeanABSSF2010
2731Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2896Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 3x0World Pro.83KG4F2011
2912Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 5x2World Pro.ABSSF2011
3778Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
4085Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLPts: 0x0World Champ.94KG4F2012
4263Rofolfo VieiraLPts: 16x0RockstrikeABSNA2012
4349Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel hookWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4584Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLKimuraPan American88KGR12013
4638Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 6x0World Pro82KG4F2013
4654Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsWorld ProABSSF2013
4656Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLAdvWorld ProABS3PLC2013
4776Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPointsWorld Champ.88KG4F2013
7072AJ SousaAJ SousaLPointsWorld Pro85KG4F2015
7133Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7431Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x0World Champ.88KGF2015
8243J. UrholinD---Macaco BrancoABSSPF2015
9962Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2016
10064Joao RochaJoao RochaLFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
10749Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 0x0, AdvUS Open95KGSF2016
11904Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KGSF2017
11905Tanner RiceTanner RiceLEstima lockFIVE Super League92KG3RD2017
12311Diego HerzogLPointsAmerican Cup94KGRR2017
15737Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats85KGRR2018
15740Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLTriangleKing of Mats85KGRR2018
16237Esdras MendesLPointsWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
16634Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KGSF2018
16635James PuopoloJames PuopoloLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG3RD2018
17389Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
17573Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsBlack Belt CBDO83KGSF2018
19024Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 5x0Pan American88KG4F2019
1613Joao OliveiraWArmbarPan American88KGSF2007
1627Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaWChoke from backPan AmericanABSSF2007
1643Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWPointsADCC Trials88KG4F2007
1644Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPointsADCC Trials88KGSF2007
1652Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPointsADCCABSR12007
1692Jorge SantiagoWPointsADCC88KGR12007
1695David AvellanWChokeADCC88KG4F2007
1700Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWFootlockADCC88KG3PLC2007
1808Shiko YamashitaWPts: 9x0Super ChallengeABSR12007
1813Antoine JaoudeWKneebarSuper ChallengeABS4F2007
1818Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 6x4Super ChallengeABS3PLC2007
1864Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2008
1944Paul HalmWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2008
1946Andre FreitasWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2008
2045Junior SantosWArmbarCapital Challenge88KG4F2008
2048Edmilson C.WPointsCapital Challenge88KG3RD2008
2106UnknownWChoke from backBrasileiroABS4F2009
2107T. GaiaWChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2009
2113Thiago BragaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSSF2009
2115Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSF2009
2126Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2009
2246I. PraporshchikovWPointsADCC88KGR12009
2335Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2009
2337Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2479UnknownWToe holdEuropean88KG4F2010
2480Marcelo BernardoWPointsEuropean88KGSF2010
2481Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWArmbarEuropean88KGF2010
2486UnknownWCross chokeEuropeanABS4F2010
2640Nivaldo LimaWPts: 6x4Brasileiro88KGF2010
2686Igor AraujoWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR12010
2689Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG4F2010
2693Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGSF2010
2694Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWLeglockWorld Champ.88KGF2010
2728Ben BaxterBen BaxterWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12010
2895Jimmy HarbisonWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.83KGR12011
3724Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 2x0Gramado Trials94KGSF2012
3726Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 8x2Gramado Trials94KGF2012
4080Ulpiano MalachiasUlpiano MalachiasWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGR22012
4573Ben BaxterBen BaxterWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4582Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4651Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPenWorld ProABS4F2013
7063Eduardo VieyraWPointsWorld Pro85KGR12015
7068Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
7422Julien CazierWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7427Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPts: 7x2World Champ.88KG4F2015
7429Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 6x4World Champ.88KGSF2015
9955Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG8F2016
10063Tryfon StathopoulosWChoke from backAll Star Tour94KGF2016
10636Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
10638Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWDQBJJ Pro LA94KGF2016
11901Leandro LoLeandro LoWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KG4F2017
12312Diego HerzogWN/AAmerican Cup94KGRR2017
12313A. DwightWPointsAmerican CupABSSF2017
12701Eric SianWPts: 9x2MarianasO82KG4F2017
13028Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG8F2017
13173Joseph MokuWPointsAmerican NG NatsO98KGF2017
16630Casey HellenbergWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
16632Kevin CasseyWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG4F2018
17977Kuhio TabancuraWBow and arrowF2W Pro 9585KGSPF2018
19017Ashur DarmoWReferee DecisionPan American88KG8F2019

Tarsis Humphreys Official Instagram: @tarsisjj
Tarsis Humphreys Official Website: tarsisbjj.com (in Portuguese)

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