by Todd M. Shaffer, January 22, 2019
Matheus Gonzaga is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Daniel Gazoni. He is also a representative of the Alliance Academy – the Bernardo Faria branch. He is also known for working extensively with Master Julio Cesar Pereira. Gonzaga has made a name for himself in the sport’s international competitive circuit. Matheus first became recognized in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while competing in the lower belt divisions. It was here that he conquered an IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) world title as well as several Rio de Janeiro state championships.
THE LIGHTWEIGHT GUARD BY MATHEUS GONZAGA
The Lightweight Guard: Learn To Use Your Smaller Size To Your Advantage To Destroy Everyone In The Gym.
If you are sick of being smashed, learn from a small guy just like you, who learned to use his smaller size as a weapon.
Achievements (Black Belt)
- IBJJF Boston Summer Int. Champion (2018)
- Fight 2 Win Pro Superfight Winner (2018)
- IBJJF New York Spring Int. Open 2nd Place (2018)
- IBJJF Boston Spring Int. Open 2nd Place (2018)
- IBJJF Pan American No Gi 3rd Place (2018)
Achievements (Colored Belts)
- IBJJF World Champion (2015 purple)
- CBJJ Brazilian National No Gi Juvenile Champion (2011 blue)
- IBJJF Rio Int. Open Champion (2012 blue)
- IBJJF Rio BJJ Pro Champion (2015 brown)
- FJJR Rio State Juvenile Champion (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)
- IBJJF Miami Spring Int. Open Champion (2016 brown)
- IBJJF New York Spring Int. Open Champion (2015 purple)
- IBJJF New York Spring No Gi Int. Open Champion (2015 purple)
- IBJJF European Open 2nd Place (2014 purple)
- IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2014 purple)
Matheus Gonzaga Biography
Matheus was born in Teresopolis, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 25th, 1995. Matheus showed an interest in martial arts when he was growing up. This was because his father, a blue belt in jiu jitsu from Serrana Academy, also shared an interest in combot sports. Often times Matheus’ father would clear the living room of furniture and show Matheus and his brothers the grappling moves he knew.
Matheus was bullied at school in his pre teens. The abuse escalated the urgency in Gonzaga to learn how to protect himself. In May of 2005, both the Gonzaga brothers were signed up for jiu jitsu classes with professor Geremias Maia. From here Gonzaga focused his attention on the Nova Barra academy with coach Alberto Rezende. Gonzaga earned his blue belt at Nova Barra before moving to Pitbull Academy, a gym founded by Master Adilson Bitta, also in Teresopolis. It was here that Matheus Gonzaga earned his purple belt.
Because Matheus was focused on competition, he sought out a team that would give him training partners that were more than just part time. Matheus received an invitation from Rodolfo Vieira at a local tournament to take a class at GF Team head quarters in Rio de Janeiro. Gonzaga was immediately impressed by the group of grapplers and professional training environment he had hoped for. He would join the GF Team squad full time with permission from team leader Julio Cesar Pereira.
Matheus’ talent really began to be prominent the more he worked with the GF Team. It was here that he earned his purple belt and then his brown belt. Gonzaga decided to move to the United States now that he had the potential to reach the upper echelons of the jiu jitsu world. Gonzaga failed to find the quality training partner’s he desired in Boston, Mass. It was for this reason that Matheus decided to leave GT Team and join the BTT gym that was led by Daniel Gazoni. It was with BTT that Matheus made a return to the competitive grappling scene. Matheus and his brother Marcos Paulo were promoted to black belt on December 2, 2017 by Daniel Gazoni.
Matheus Gonzaga Videos
Gianni Grippo vs Matheus Gonzaga / Boston Spring Open 2018
Killing The Spider Guard by Matheus Gonzaga
Cross Choke From Mount by Matheus Gonzaga (The Best Details)
Matheus Gonzaga vs Adam Benayoun / Boston Summer Open 2018