Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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Jiu Jitsu Middle Weight Division

The middle weight division in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (also known as peso medio) is the sports most significant weight division, it is also one of the most stacked talent wise in BJJ.

Kayron Gracie

He is the son of Gracie Barra founder Carlinhos Gracie and member of the famous Gracie family. Kayron is also one of the brightest stars in Jiu Jitsu’s middleweight division, with many important wins at black belt level, since obtaining his black belt in 2009.

Bill “The Grill” Cooper

A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller, and one of the best fighters in the Light and middleweight divisions, Bill The Grill Cooper fights out of the Paragon BJJ Team where he has specialized in BJJ. Get to know this amazing scrambler here.

Lucas Leite

Lucas Leite is a highly decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt from the Checkmat Team. A World and Pan American Champion, this Leonardo Vieira black belt has been a regular presence in BJJ and Submission Grappling podiums around the world competing mainly has a middleweight. He has been living in the United States since 2007.

Max Trombini

Milton Maximiliano Trombini is one of the leaders of Cia Paulista, a famous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team from Sao Paulo. Max is also a famous Judoka with strong ties to the Brazilian National Judo Team, having been involved with other National teams like the German, English and Russian.

Shawn Williams

Shawn Williams is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie, being one of the most talented competitors of his generation in the US. Williams was also the fifth American to be graded as a black belt in BJJ. Training alongside of grapplers such as John Danaher, Ricardo Almeida, Matt Serra and many others, Shawn Williams created a series of positions from a guard variation which is today called ‘the Williams Guard’.

Kron Gracie

Kron Gracie is the son of Brazilian jiu jitsu legend, Rickson Gracie and a top competitor in BJJ’s black belt division. A fierce competitor and world championships medalist, Kron Gracie made a name for himself in the grappling scene in the lower belts competition through an incredible run in some of the most important tournaments in the world where managed to establish a 51 straight submission win streak.

Alexandre Paiva “Gigi”

“Gigi” is often considered an unsung hero in Jiu Jitsu’s history. A former world champion in the sport, he has also produced some of the most important competitors of our days and formed one of the biggest teams on the planet.

Rodrigo Medeiros

A black belt under Carlson Gracie, Rodrigo Medeiros is also the leader and founder of BJJ’s Revolution Team. Rodrigo is today considered to be one of the top Jiu Jitsu instructors teaching in US soil.

Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller (Paragon JJ)

He is one of the most successful Jiu Jitsu coaches in California, today. The founder of Paragon BJJ academy has been one of the main culprits in the United States’s BJJ boom, having been responsible for the tuition of great fighters such as Jeff Glover, Bill Cooper and Tyrone Glover. Miller has also managed to maintain a successful competitive career of his own.

Ricardo Libório

Ricardo Liborio is mostly known as the leader of the MMA academy American Top Team (ATT), but he is also considered, by many to be the best Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt formed by Master Carlson Gracie and an all around legend of the sport. Ricardo Liborio was also the very first world BJJ champion in the super heavyweight division (A division he won weighing little over 78kg-172lbs).

Murilo Santana

A ADCC Brazilian trials winner and a Brazilian National Champion in Jiu Jitsu, this Mario Yamasaki black belt is easily one of the top fighters in the middleweight division. Get to know more about this Sao Paulo native.

Claudio Calasans

Claudio Calasans is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo black belt, who fights for the Atos Team. He was won 2 World Championships in the Black Belt Division, but what brought him fame in the BJJ Community was his win at the World Pro Cup in Abu Dhabi in 2010.

Sergio Moraes

A member of the reality show, The Ultimate Fighter – Brazil (2012),Sergio Moraes is an accomplished MMA fighter and BJJ black belt with 4 world jiu jitsu titles to his name. He was revealed to jiu jitsu’s main stream at the 2008 World Championships after his submission victory over fan favourite Kron Gracie, he would later win that same tournament. Serginho Moraes has since then cemented his name as one of the great Jiu Jitsu fighters of his generation with several other important titles in the Jiu Jitsu competitive circuit.

Demian Maia

Demian is one of the top MMA fighters in the UFC today. He is also an incredible Jiu Jitsu fighter, a World Cup Champion and a Black belt from one of the best instructors in the business. This article explains his background and his path in the competitive world of martial arts.