Marcos da Matta, also known as “Parrumpinha” or “Parrumpa”, was one of the top jiu-jitsu super featherweights in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. This Carlson Gracie black belt would join the American Top Team at a later stage and become one of it’s most prestigious coaches while also leading a successful career in MMA.
Andrea Baggio is a Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt (under Federico Tisi), being one of the pioneers of BJJ in Italy. He …
Laercio Fernandes is one of the top jiu jitsu competitors in the Pluma weight division (under 64kg/141lbs). A black belt under Givanildo Santana, this …
Daniel Beleza is one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors to have come out from the famous “Sazinho” BJJ academy (SAS) located in Fortaleza, …
Yuki Nakai is a legendary martial arts fighter and Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt, who became well known by mixed martial arts (MMA) fans …
Carlos Vieira Holanda, also known as “Esquisito” is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Master Faustino Neto, and another important fighter to come out of the BJJ hive that is Manaus in Brazil, the birth place of several important fighters such as Ronaldo Souza, Ary Farias, Saulo Ribeiro and many others. In 2010 “Esquisito” (who fights for the Checkmat Academy) was crowned Pan American champion, defeating Caio Terra to reach his gold medal.
The 1997 pluma BJJ black belt World Champion, Joao Roque went on to have a fruitful MMA professional career, fighting in shows such as the Shooto Japan, UFC, Deep and VTJ. Roque is also one of the first African native BJJ black belts in the world.
A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion (2010), European Champion (2009) and Brazilian National Champion (2009) in the black belt division, Pablo Silva from Gracie Barra has been one of the top contenders of the Pluma and Galo weight divisions, with one of the most dangerous guards in BJJ today.
Rufino Gomes, also known as “Morcego”, was one of the most promising stars in the Jiu Jitsu panorama in 2010. A Brazilian National Nogi …
An amazing grappler “Soca” has conquered numerous BJJ and submission wrestling competitions including the prestigious ADCC tournament (considered to be the elite grappling trophy), the Pan American BJJ Championship and the “Brasileiro”.
Helio “Soneca” Moreira is a BJJ legend. A former black belt world champion, having also dwelled in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and he is one of the most sought out grappling coaches in the world.
Josef Manuel Junior, mostly known by his “war name” of “Zé Cobra”, is a martial artist with over 20 years experience in the fight game. He is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under one of the legends in the sport, the honourable Robson Moura.
He is a Judo and BJJ black belt famous for his competitive spirit that has kept him at the top of his game for almost two decades. Today he is also the president of the Arizona BJJ federation and a successful BJJ coach.
Renato Migliaccio is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Ryan Gracie. A former European and Pan American Champion, Renatinho (as he is comonly known) has also been fortunate in submission wrestling and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)
Bibiano Fernandes is one of the most decorated Jiu Jitsu fighters doing MMA at the moment, a 5 time World Champion and 3 time Pan American with an amazing life story.
Guilherme Mendes is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Ramon Lemos from the famous Atos Team and one of the best featherweights in the world. Get to know this Rio Claro wiz kid.
Vinicius Magalhaes, commonly known by his nickname Draculino, is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor responsible for raising the games of grapplers such as Romulo Barral, Samuel …
An amazing Jiu Jitsu and MMA fighter out of Nova Uniao’s camp in Brazil, a man that had to fight his way out of poverty
Ricardo De La Riva is a legendary Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under the late Carlson Gracie. He was one of the most creative guard players in BJJ, having created the the famous “De La Riva” guard (originally called “Guarda Pudim”) having also become an important instructor with several important black belts under his tutelage such as Rodrigo and Rogerio Nogueira, Walter “Broca” and many others.
He is one of the best Jiu Jitsu coaches in the World, head instructor at Fight Zone BJJ Academy in Copacabana Rio de Janeiro (Head Quarters of Checkmat)