BJJ Idols

What makes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu so great is the community of professors, coaches, athletes, practitioners, school owners, and entrepreneurs that dedicate their lives to this martial art. To honor each one of them, Gallerr presents the section BJJ Idols.

Featured BJJ Idols

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Dominyka Obelenyte, at only 20, became a two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu absolute champion (2015/2016) as a black belt, which is an unparalleled achievement. The Lithuanian-born athlete is a notorious voice for gender equal pay in BJJ professional events. Get to know more about her <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/dominyka-obelenyte">here</a>.

Dominyka Obelenyte, at only 20, became a two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu absolute champion (2015/2016) as a black belt, which is an unparalleled achievement. The Lithuanian-born athlete is a notorious voice for gender equal pay in BJJ professional events. Get to know more about her <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/dominyka-obelenyte">here</a>.

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Dominyka Obelenyte, at only 20, became a two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu absolute champion (2015/2016) as a black belt, which is an unparalleled achie...

Dominyka Obelenyte, at only 20, became a two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu absolute champion (2015/2016) as a black belt, which is an unparalleled achievement. The Lithuanian-born athlete is a notorious voice for gender equal pay in BJJ professional events. Get to know more about her <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/dominyka-obelenyte">here</a>.

Dominyka Obelenyte, at only 20, became a two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu absolute champion (2015/2016) as a black belt, which is an unparalleled achievement. The Lithuanian-born athlete is a notorious voice for gender equal pay in BJJ professional events. Get to know more about her <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/dominyka-obelenyte">here</a>.

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Fabio Gurgel is perhaps the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who better translated his results into his student's outcomes. He is a four-time BJJ world champion (1996, 1997, 2000 and 2001) and became the co-founder and chief coach of the 11-time world champion Alliance. Fabio teaches in SP, Brazil. More about him <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/fabio-gurgel-wiki">here</a>.

Fabio Gurgel is perhaps the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who better translated his results into his student's outcomes. He is a four-time BJJ world champion (1996, 1997, 2000 and 2001) and became the co-founder and chief coach of the 11-time world champion Alliance. Fabio teaches in SP, Brazil. More about him <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/fabio-gurgel-wiki">here</a>.

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Fabio Gurgel is perhaps the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who better translated his results into his student's outcomes. He is a four-time BJJ wor...

Fabio Gurgel is perhaps the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who better translated his results into his student's outcomes. He is a four-time BJJ world champion (1996, 1997, 2000 and 2001) and became the co-founder and chief coach of the 11-time world champion Alliance. Fabio teaches in SP, Brazil. More about him <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/fabio-gurgel-wiki">here</a>.

Fabio Gurgel is perhaps the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who better translated his results into his student's outcomes. He is a four-time BJJ world champion (1996, 1997, 2000 and 2001) and became the co-founder and chief coach of the 11-time world champion Alliance. Fabio teaches in SP, Brazil. More about him <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/fabio-gurgel-wiki">here</a>.

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Fabricio Werdum is the only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who conquered the BJJ World Championship (twice), the ADCC (twice), and a UFC belt. In this photo, he is about to beat Fernando Terere and win the gold medal as a ultra-heavy weight at 2004 Worlds. Get to know more about Werdum <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/fabricio-werdum">here</a>.

Fabricio Werdum is the only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who conquered the BJJ World Championship (twice), the ADCC (twice), and a UFC belt. In this photo, he is about to beat Fernando Terere and win the gold medal as a ultra-heavy weight at 2004 Worlds. Get to know more about Werdum <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/fabricio-werdum">here</a>.

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Fabricio Werdum is the only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who conquered the BJJ World Championship (twice), the ADCC (twice), and a UFC belt. In t...

Fabricio Werdum is the only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who conquered the BJJ World Championship (twice), the ADCC (twice), and a UFC belt. In this photo, he is about to beat Fernando Terere and win the gold medal as a ultra-heavy weight at 2004 Worlds. Get to know more about Werdum <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/fabricio-werdum">here</a>.

Fabricio Werdum is the only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who conquered the BJJ World Championship (twice), the ADCC (twice), and a UFC belt. In this photo, he is about to beat Fernando Terere and win the gold medal as a ultra-heavy weight at 2004 Worlds. Get to know more about Werdum <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/fabricio-werdum">here</a>.

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Fernando Pontes (aka "Margarida") was the 2001 black belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world absolute champion. Natural of São Paulo, Brazil, Margarida is very technical and an innate finisher, thus his matches were always very anticipated and watched. In this scene, he throws Rodrigo "Comprido" beautifully in route to the 2001 open-weight title.

Fernando Pontes (aka "Margarida") was the 2001 black belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world absolute champion. Natural of São Paulo, Brazil, Margarida is very technical and an innate finisher, thus his matches were always very anticipated and watched. In this scene, he throws Rodrigo "Comprido" beautifully in route to the 2001 open-weight title.

almost 4 years

Fernando Pontes (aka "Margarida") was the 2001 black belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world absolute champion. Natural of São Paulo, Brazil, Margarida is v...

Fernando Pontes (aka "Margarida") was the 2001 black belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world absolute champion. Natural of São Paulo, Brazil, Margarida is very technical and an innate finisher, thus his matches were always very anticipated and watched. In this scene, he throws Rodrigo "Comprido" beautifully in route to the 2001 open-weight title.

Fernando Pontes (aka "Margarida") was the 2001 black belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world absolute champion. Natural of São Paulo, Brazil, Margarida is very technical and an innate finisher, thus his matches were always very anticipated and watched. In this scene, he throws Rodrigo "Comprido" beautifully in route to the 2001 open-weight title.

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Fernando "Tererê" Augusto is a showman. He brought happiness to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions and an entertaining crowd always followed him, making a party from the bleachers while singing "Uh, Tererê." Tererê is also a technical wizard who added many concepts and moves to the BJJ game. Get to know more about him <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/fernando-augusto-terere-bio">here</a>.

Fernando "Tererê" Augusto is a showman. He brought happiness to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions and an entertaining crowd always followed him, making a party from the bleachers while singing "Uh, Tererê." Tererê is also a technical wizard who added many concepts and moves to the BJJ game. Get to know more about him <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/fernando-augusto-terere-bio">here</a>.

almost 4 years

Fernando "Tererê" Augusto is a showman. He brought happiness to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions and an entertaining crowd always followed him, mak...

Fernando "Tererê" Augusto is a showman. He brought happiness to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions and an entertaining crowd always followed him, making a party from the bleachers while singing "Uh, Tererê." Tererê is also a technical wizard who added many concepts and moves to the BJJ game. Get to know more about him <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/fernando-augusto-terere-bio">here</a>.

Fernando "Tererê" Augusto is a showman. He brought happiness to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions and an entertaining crowd always followed him, making a party from the bleachers while singing "Uh, Tererê." Tererê is also a technical wizard who added many concepts and moves to the BJJ game. Get to know more about him <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/fernando-augusto-terere-bio">here</a>.

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Grand Master Francisco Mansur is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu red belt and founder of the Kioto academy. He earned his black belt from Helio Gracie and contributed actively to the foundation and development of the first Jiu-Jitsu Federation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Learn more about him <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/master-francisco-mansor">here</a>.

Grand Master Francisco Mansur is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu red belt and founder of the Kioto academy. He earned his black belt from Helio Gracie and contributed actively to the foundation and development of the first Jiu-Jitsu Federation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Learn more about him <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/master-francisco-mansor">here</a>.

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Grand Master Francisco Mansur is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu red belt and founder of the Kioto academy. He earned his black belt from Helio Gracie and co...

Grand Master Francisco Mansur is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu red belt and founder of the Kioto academy. He earned his black belt from Helio Gracie and contributed actively to the foundation and development of the first Jiu-Jitsu Federation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Learn more about him <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/master-francisco-mansor">here</a>.

Grand Master Francisco Mansur is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu red belt and founder of the Kioto academy. He earned his black belt from Helio Gracie and contributed actively to the foundation and development of the first Jiu-Jitsu Federation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Learn more about him <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/master-francisco-mansor">here</a>.

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Gabriela Garcia celebrates her sixth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Title, in 2012. She is arguably the most dominant female black belt in all BJJ history, having an unparalleled victory streak among her peers. Learn more about Gabi Garcia <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/gabrielle-garcia-bjj">here</a>.

Gabriela Garcia celebrates her sixth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Title, in 2012. She is arguably the most dominant female black belt in all BJJ history, having an unparalleled victory streak among her peers. Learn more about Gabi Garcia <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/gabrielle-garcia-bjj">here</a>.

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Gabriela Garcia celebrates her sixth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Title, in 2012. She is arguably the most dominant female black belt in all BJJ histo...

Gabriela Garcia celebrates her sixth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Title, in 2012. She is arguably the most dominant female black belt in all BJJ history, having an unparalleled victory streak among her peers. Learn more about Gabi Garcia <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/gabrielle-garcia-bjj">here</a>.

Gabriela Garcia celebrates her sixth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Title, in 2012. She is arguably the most dominant female black belt in all BJJ history, having an unparalleled victory streak among her peers. Learn more about Gabi Garcia <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/gabrielle-garcia-bjj">here</a>.

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One of the most decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu female black belts of all times, Hannette Staack accumulates seven IBJJF world championships as a black belt, besides three ADCC and one no-gi world titles. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Brazil 021 school. Get to know more about Hannette <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/hannette-staack-bjj-wiki">here</a>.

One of the most decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu female black belts of all times, Hannette Staack accumulates seven IBJJF world championships as a black belt, besides three ADCC and one no-gi world titles. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Brazil 021 school. Get to know more about Hannette <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/hannette-staack-bjj-wiki">here</a>.

almost 4 years

One of the most decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu female black belts of all times, Hannette Staack accumulates seven IBJJF world championships as a bla...

One of the most decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu female black belts of all times, Hannette Staack accumulates seven IBJJF world championships as a black belt, besides three ADCC and one no-gi world titles. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Brazil 021 school. Get to know more about Hannette <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/hannette-staack-bjj-wiki">here</a>.

One of the most decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu female black belts of all times, Hannette Staack accumulates seven IBJJF world championships as a black belt, besides three ADCC and one no-gi world titles. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Brazil 021 school. Get to know more about Hannette <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/hannette-staack-bjj-wiki">here</a>.

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BJJ Grand Master Helio Gracie in a photo taken for a Graciemag cover back in 2000 at his ranch in Nogueira, Rio de Janeiro. His dedication to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the reasons this martial art style is so known today all over the world. Get to know more about Helio Gracie by clicking <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/helio-gracie">here</a>.

BJJ Grand Master Helio Gracie in a photo taken for a Graciemag cover back in 2000 at his ranch in Nogueira, Rio de Janeiro. His dedication to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the reasons this martial art style is so known today all over the world. Get to know more about Helio Gracie by clicking <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/helio-gracie">here</a>.

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BJJ Grand Master Helio Gracie in a photo taken for a Graciemag cover back in 2000 at his ranch in Nogueira, Rio de Janeiro. His dedication to Brazi...

BJJ Grand Master Helio Gracie in a photo taken for a Graciemag cover back in 2000 at his ranch in Nogueira, Rio de Janeiro. His dedication to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the reasons this martial art style is so known today all over the world. Get to know more about Helio Gracie by clicking <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/helio-gracie">here</a>.

BJJ Grand Master Helio Gracie in a photo taken for a Graciemag cover back in 2000 at his ranch in Nogueira, Rio de Janeiro. His dedication to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the reasons this martial art style is so known today all over the world. Get to know more about Helio Gracie by clicking <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/helio-gracie">here</a>.

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Jose Mario Sperry is one of the most accomplished Carlson Gracie School competitors, have winning numerous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and spending over ten years without suffering a single point in competitions. He won the BJJ World Championship three times, the ADCC for five years and also had an outstanding MMA career in Japan.

Jose Mario Sperry is one of the most accomplished Carlson Gracie School competitors, have winning numerous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and spending over ten years without suffering a single point in competitions. He won the BJJ World Championship three times, the ADCC for five years and also had an outstanding MMA career in Japan.

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Jose Mario Sperry is one of the most accomplished Carlson Gracie School competitors, have winning numerous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and spen...

Jose Mario Sperry is one of the most accomplished Carlson Gracie School competitors, have winning numerous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and spending over ten years without suffering a single point in competitions. He won the BJJ World Championship three times, the ADCC for five years and also had an outstanding MMA career in Japan.

Jose Mario Sperry is one of the most accomplished Carlson Gracie School competitors, have winning numerous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and spending over ten years without suffering a single point in competitions. He won the BJJ World Championship three times, the ADCC for five years and also had an outstanding MMA career in Japan.

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Kyra Gracie gets her gi returned by Lana Stefanac, at the world absolute final in 2009. She is the first female member of the Gracie family to earn the black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is five times world champion at the highest rank, plus three times ADCC champion. After retiring from the competition scene, she pursued a TV career as a journalist and currently works for SporTV. Get to know more about Kyra <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/kyra-gracie">here</a>.

Kyra Gracie gets her gi returned by Lana Stefanac, at the world absolute final in 2009. She is the first female member of the Gracie family to earn the black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is five times world champion at the highest rank, plus three times ADCC champion. After retiring from the competition scene, she pursued a TV career as a journalist and currently works for SporTV. Get to know more about Kyra <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/kyra-gracie">here</a>.

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Kyra Gracie gets her gi returned by Lana Stefanac, at the world absolute final in 2009. She is the first female member of the Gracie family to earn...

Kyra Gracie gets her gi returned by Lana Stefanac, at the world absolute final in 2009. She is the first female member of the Gracie family to earn the black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is five times world champion at the highest rank, plus three times ADCC champion. After retiring from the competition scene, she pursued a TV career as a journalist and currently works for SporTV. Get to know more about Kyra <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/kyra-gracie">here</a>.

Kyra Gracie gets her gi returned by Lana Stefanac, at the world absolute final in 2009. She is the first female member of the Gracie family to earn the black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is five times world champion at the highest rank, plus three times ADCC champion. After retiring from the competition scene, she pursued a TV career as a journalist and currently works for SporTV. Get to know more about Kyra <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/kyra-gracie">here</a>.

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Leonardo Vieira is the leader and founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition team Checkmat. 1998 BJJ world champion and 2003 ADCC winner, Leozinho has his school in Signal Hill, CA. You can learn more about Leozinho <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/leo-vieira-facts-and-bio">here</a>.

Leonardo Vieira is the leader and founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition team Checkmat. 1998 BJJ world champion and 2003 ADCC winner, Leozinho has his school in Signal Hill, CA. You can learn more about Leozinho <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/leo-vieira-facts-and-bio">here</a>.

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Leonardo Vieira is the leader and founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition team Checkmat. 1998 BJJ world champion and 2003 ADCC winner, Leozinho ...

Leonardo Vieira is the leader and founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition team Checkmat. 1998 BJJ world champion and 2003 ADCC winner, Leozinho has his school in Signal Hill, CA. You can learn more about Leozinho <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/leo-vieira-facts-and-bio">here</a>.

Leonardo Vieira is the leader and founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition team Checkmat. 1998 BJJ world champion and 2003 ADCC winner, Leozinho has his school in Signal Hill, CA. You can learn more about Leozinho <a href="http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/leo-vieira-facts-and-bio">here</a>.

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