Tarsis Humphreys: Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!
Who is Tarsis Humphreys?
Tarsis Humphreys’ is a Brazilian-born black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and is known as one of Alliance Academy’s best students and competitors. Renowned as one of Brazil’s top martial arts schools, Alliance was started by Humphreys’ instructor, the well-respected Fabio Gurgel. In fact, Tarsis was the first of Gurgel’s students to progress from white to black and then go on to win the World Championships at black belt.
Unstoppable Pressure Passing by Tarsis Humphreys
Humphreys was born in the early 1980s in the city of Sao Paulo, which is the capital of the Brazilian state of the same name. He grew up around the sport but didn’t begin to train until he was a young teenager. A 13 year old Tarsis became enamored with Jiu-Jitsu after a close friend showed him some basic submissions, namely the armbar and the rear naked choke. From that moment on, Tarsis was a dedicated practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
A young BJJ player could not be much luckier than to walk into the legendary Fabio Gurgel’s gym, Alliance, to begin their progress in the sport. Humphreys and Gurgel developed a tight bond and never parted ways. Tarsis would eventually progress through the entire belt system to find himself awarded a black belt under Gurgel. In 2006, upon winning a second consecutive World Championship at brown belt, Tarsis Humphreys was awarded the rank of black belt in BJJ.
As a black belt, Tarsis went on to continue dominating his divisions until he found himself among the top grapplers on the planet. Humphreys has been swimming in a sea of famous competitors for his entire black belt career: Buchecha, Galvao, and Lister, to name a few. His rise to prominence was during the era of some of Jiu-Jitsu’s finest players of all time.
Perhaps the crowning achievement in the young Tarsis’ career was winning the first ever World Professional Jiu Jitsu Cup, which is known today as the Abu Dhabi World Pro. The tournament was, and is, one of the highest-level competitions in all of grappling. Tarsis not only participated in the inaugural event in 2009, but won double gold. He took home first place in both his weight class and in the absolute division, and made a clear statement: he was here to stay.
Leg Attacks Against Modern Guard by Tarsis Humphreys
How Old is Tarsis Humphreys?
Tarsis Humphreys is 37 years old as of 2021. He was born on November 4th, 1983 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Tarsis Humphreys Family
Tarsis Humphreys won his first World Championship in 2010 while training in Miami, Florida. In a 2011 interview, Humphreys was asked why he decided to move back after winning the world title. He cited closeness with family as one of the best benefits of returning to Brazil to train.
How Much is Tarsis Humphreys Worth?
Tarsis Humphreys’ net worth is unknown.
How Tall is Tarsis Humphreys?
Tarsis Humphreys is 5’10” tall. He is on the shorter, stockier side for a heavyweight BJJ Player.
How Much Does Tarsis Humphreys Weigh?
Tarsis spent the early part of his professional grappling career at medium heavyweight, which is capped at 194 pounds, or 88 kg. He eventually progressed to the Heavyweight division and competed at a slightly heavier 207 pounds, or 94 kg. Given his natural size, Tarsis has also performed well in open weight divisions, often winning double gold for both his weight class and the absolute division.
Tarsis Humphreys Fight List
Tarsis has had well over 100 matches as a professional; far too many to list here. Instead, take a look at his biggest tournament wins in BJJ, sorted by year. While Humphreys won youth tournaments as well, the list below only includes his wins in the adult and masters divisions.
- IBJJF World Championship - Bronze (Purple)
- IBJJF Pan American Championship - Double Silver (Brown)
- IBJJF World Championship - Double Bronze (Brown)
- IBJJF World Championship - Bronze (Brown)
- IBJJF Pan American Champion - Double Gold (Brown)
- IBJJF Pan American Championship - Double Silver
- IBJJF World Championship - Bronze
- CBJJ Brazilian National Championship - Bronze
- ADCC Finals - Bronze
- IBJJF Pan American Championship - Silver
- IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championship -Silver
- IBJJF World Championship - Bronze
- IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championship - Bronze
- World Professional Jiu Jitsu Cup (*now Abu Dhabi) - Double Gold
- CBJJ Brazilian National Championship - Gold
- IBJJF World Championship - Silver
- IBJJF World Championship - Gold
- IBJJF European Open Championship - Gold
- IBJJF European Open Championship - Bronze (Absolute)
- IBJJF World Championship - Silver
- IBJJF Los Angeles BJJ Pro Championship - Gold
Tarsis Humphreys's Best Fight of All Time
Humphreys has had a lot of glorious moments atop the podium in his time as a competitor, but the World Pro tournament in 2009 was inarguably one of his greatest. In his own weight class, 88kg, Tarsis handled the earlier rounds easily before facing off against the phenom Victor Estima. He won an upset victory by points (2-0) before turning his attention to the Absolute division.
Here, he would get the chance to face none other than Victor’s older brother, Braulio Estima! After narrowly edging out Braulio by advantage (2-2, adv), Humphreys can claim to have won gold over both legendary Estima brothers on the same day! It doesn’t get much better than that.
Who Did Tarsis Humphreys Lose To?
For all his highlights, Humprheys has taken some tough losses as well. In the finals of the Pan American games in 2008, Andre Galvao and Tarsis Humphreys squared off for the third time in their careers. Unfortunately, Humphreys suffered an injury at the hands of his opponent that ended the match and Galvao was named champion at 88kg.
Humphreys would get the loss back in 2013 when Galvao was disqualified for penalties in the 2013 World Pro tournament. Humphreys has won 2 of his 5 matches with Andre Galvao and if the two ever face off again in the master’s division, Humphreys will be looking to even the score.
Tarsis Humphreys Record
Tarsis Humphreys record as a professional grappler stands at 61-49. Notably, he has only been submitted 7 times in 110 matches.
Tarsis Humphreys Injuries
In addition to his frustrating injury during the 2008 World Pro finals, Humphrys has experienced some other injuries that kept him sidelined as well. The worst of these was a knee injury that required surgery in May of 2011. Tarsis was unable to do even basic BJJ drilling for over nine months while he did physical therapy to recover his former abilities.
Is Tarsis Humphreys Retired?
Tarsis is not officially retired, and has continued to compete frequently despite the pandemic’s effects on the competition scene. When he’s not training for a competition, Humphreys can be found creating instructional content and working with other members of the Alliance competition team.
He’s even partnered with BJJ Fanatics to bring us both “Leg Attacks Vs. Modern Guards” and “Unstoppable Pressure Passing”. In these videos, he breaks down passing and leg attacks from the perspective of a world-class competitor. They’re a must-see for anyone looking to keep the pressure on while blasting through the opponent’s guard!
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