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Claudio Calasans

Claudio Calasans is both a Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. He is often called “Juninho,” a nickname that stands for ‘little junior.’ Claudio Calasans is regarded as one of the top grappling middle weights in the sport by many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enthusiasts. Calasans is a training partner for many talented grapplers, such as Andre Galvao, Guilherme and Rafael Mendes and Bruno Frazatto. Claudio represents the Atos Jiu Jitsu team as well as the Calasans Camargo gym.

Notable Achievements

  • IBJJF World Champion (2015)

  • ADCC Champion (2015)

  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2011, 2012)

  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2010, 2011, 2012, 2017)

  • IBJJF Asian Open Champion (2016)

  • UAEJJF Brazil National Pro Champion (2015)

  • CBJJO World Cup Champion (2006)

  • IBJJF European Champion (2011, 2013, 2014)

  • IBJJF South American Champion (2016)

  • Desafio Black Belt Champion (2012)

  • ADCC Brazilian Trials Champion (2011)

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Claudio Calasans Biography

Claudio Calasans was born in 1984 in a town called São José dos Campos in Brazil. Claudio is the son of Judo practitioner Calasans Camargo, the youngest Brazilian Judoka to have ever received his coral belt, which he received when he was 38 years old. As part of a family with such a strong Judo background, it was natural for Claudio to pick up the Japaense martial art too. So when Claudio reached age 3 he joined his family’s tradition. As a strong Judo practitioner since a child, Calasans felt the need to train jiu jitsu when he reached age 15. This was in order for him to improve his ground work (called Newaza in Judo) because chokes and arm locks are allowed in Judo from age 15 and upwards. At first, Claudio Calasans used his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills in Judo practice and competition, but it was not long until he was bit by the jiu jitsu bug. Soon there after, Claudio began practicing and competing entirely in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Claudio Calasans trained from his blue belt to his black belt at an academy called Liga Jiu Jitsu in Sao Jose de Campos. Claudio was awarded his black belt at the end of 2006 from his long time master Erivaldo Junior. Since Calasans was such a strong competitor he also decided to join the wrestling team at his gym. Naturally, Claudio excelled at the sport and was awarded as a spot with the Brazilian National Wrestling Team.

Once Claudio received his black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu he recognized that his dream of becoming a pro Jiu Jitsu competitor was becoming sidelined, as he was busy teaching classes and did not have time to train full time. Because of this, Claudio asked his friend André Galvão if he could be part of his newly formed team. Galvao was a big already a big name in jiu jitsu and immediately accepted Claudio. Claudio now spends most of his time before big competitions preparing in the Southern Brazilian town Rio Claro with Galvao’s team.

Claudio competed for most of his life as a light weight. Then in 2009 at the World Cup, Claudio decided he wanted to try his luck in the absolute division. This forced him to go through a rigorous weight lifting program, which caused him to move to the middle weight division. Claudio saw nearly immediate success getting all the way to the semi finals of the World Cup Open Weight Division, only to be defeated by Roger Gracie – a man who many consider to be the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter to ever compete.

At the World Pro Cup in Abu Dhabi in 2010, the prize Calasans so vehemently fought for come when he won the competition in both the Middleweight and the Absolute divisions.

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Also consider to read CLAUDIO CALASANS: HOW TO ADAPT JUDO FOR BJJ
and CLAUDIO CALASANS: BJJ & JUDO STAR

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