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Rafael Mendes, often called "Rafa", is the co-founder of the Art of Jiu-Jitsu academy in Costa Mesa, California. Mendes is a multiple-time world champion known for his technical innovations and near-untouchable competition record at the black belt ranks.


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Highlight: Rafael Mendes Tears Through 66kg Division To Become Youngest Champ In ADCC History

Jul 21, 2022

Rafael Mendes bested Cobrinha, and Leo Vieira, among others on his legendary championship run at ADCC 2009.