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Find out more about the top figures in jiu-jitsu today: athletes, competitors, coaches and more.

  1. Rener Gracie

    Rener Gracie

    Jan 12, 2021

    Rener Gracie is a jiu-jitsu black belt best known as a teacher of Gracie jiu-jitsu for self defense. He is the grandson of Brazilian jiu-jitsu co-founder Helio Gracie. 

  2. Bo Nickal

    Bo Nickal

    Jun 4, 2020

    Bo Nickal is one of the most prominent stars in the Penn State Wrestling constellation. From his high school achievements in Texas to his legendary run at Penn State where he became a 3x NCAA Champion, to his international career and beyond.

  3. Ffion Davies

    Ffion Davies

    Dec 31, 2019

    Ffion Davies is a jiu-jitsu black belt from Wales. She was the first UK-born ADCC medalist, and also the first IBJJF No-Gi World Champion from the UK.

  4. Kyle Boehm

    Kyle Boehm

    Nov 16, 2019

    Kyle Boehm is a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu black belt from Escondido, CA. Born on April 19, 1987, Boehm is best known for his heel hooks and his success in EBI-style tournaments.

  5. Lachlan Giles

    Lachlan Giles

    Oct 2, 2019

    Lachlan Giles is a jiu-jitsu black belt from Australia. He is best known for his no-gi success and his heel hook pedigree. He is also considered a pioneer of the K-Guard, and the "outside sankaku" position.

  6. Craig Jones

    Craig Jones

    Sep 19, 2019

    Craig Jones– born July 17, 1991– is an Australian jiu-jitsu black belt known for his success in no-gi grappling tournaments and superfights. 

  7. Nick Rodriguez

    Nick Rodriguez

    Sep 17, 2019

    Nick Rodriguez is a purple belt in jiu-jitsu, and an ADCC silver medalist from New Jersey. He is a member of the Danaher Death Squad. Born in 1996, "Nicky Rod" began practicing jiu-jitsu in 2018, and won the 2019 ADCC East Coast Trials with less than two years of jiu-jitsu experience, earning entry into the prestigious ADCC Championships, and subsequently taking silver at the tournament.

  8. Victor Hugo

    Victor Hugo

    Sep 17, 2019

    Victor Hugo is a black belt under Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, and a no-gi world champion, recognized as one of the most promising young competitors of the next generation. Born in Fortaleza, Brazil on May 1, 1997, Hugo won all four of the IBJJF majors at the purple belt and brown belt levels, and won his first black belt no-gi world title after just six months at the rank.

  9. Kaynan Duarte

    Kaynan Duarte

    Apr 19, 2019

    Kaynan Duarte is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt from Pederneiras, Sao Paulo. Born on January 24, 1998, Duarte trains under Andre Galvao and represents the San Diego-based Atos team. He is the 2019 ADCC champion in the +99kg division. 

  10. Andre Galvao

    Andre Galvao

    Nov 6, 2017

    Andre Galvao is a jiu-jitsu black belt and champion grappler with ADCC and IBJJF World Championship titles. Co-founder of the Atos team, Galvao is head coach at the San Diego Atos HQ to many world champions. His athletes have also gone on to win the ADCC World Championships, and the IBJJF World Championships. The Atos team is considered one of the top teams in the world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. 

  11. Mahamed Aly

    Mahamed Aly

    Nov 6, 2017

    Mahamed Aly is a jiu-jitsu black belt competing in the super and ultra-heavyweight divisions. Born in Rio de Janeiro on January 11, 1994, Mahamed Aly represents Team Lloyd Irvin and in 2019 he became the IBJJF World champion. 

  12. Nicholas Meregali

    Nicholas Meregali

    Nov 6, 2017

    Nicholas Meregali is multiple-time world champion jiu-jitsu black belt from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Born on May 27, 1994, Meregali is a student of Mario Reis and is well known for his use of the de la X-guard, his omoplata attacks, and his aggressive style of jiu-jitsu. He represents Alliance.

  13. Nicky Ryan

    Nicky Ryan

    Nov 6, 2017

    Nicky Ryan– born June 27, 2001– is a jiu-jitsu black belt from New Jersey known as a no-gi grappler who made history as the youngest male athlete to compete at the ADCC World Championships. 

  14. Josh Hinger

    Josh Hinger

    Nov 6, 2017

    Josh Hinger is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Andre Galvao from Whittier, CA. He is best known for his prowess with the guillotine submission, and his variation which he calls the "Hingertine." He is also one of the most successful adopters of the monoplata submission. Born on May 28, 1982, Hinger is a three-time IBJJF No-Gi World Champion and the 2019 ADCC bronze medalist in the 88 kg division. 

  15. Gabi Garcia

    Gabi Garcia

    Nov 6, 2017

    Gabi Garcia is a jiu-jitsu black belt notable for being a record-breaking multiple-time ADCC world champion in the +60kg division, and one of the most successful competitors of all time in the female black belt divisions.