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Bia wins big at the World No Gi Championships

Bia wins big at the World No Gi Championships


This past weekend in Anaheim, CA the IBJJF 2018 World No Gi Championships took place.  In the women’s division, the big winner was Beatriz “Bia” Mesquita, as she captured gold in her division as well as the absolute division.

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She defeated Ana Carolina Viera 2-0 in the middleweight division (66.5 kg) with an early takedown to win the division.  In the absolute, Bia defeated Jessica Flowers by 2 advantages with a near back take in the final minute of the match.

With these championships, Bia becomes the winningest female in the IBJJF’s No Gi history (of 12 years)- as she had previously won her weight class (61.5 kg)  in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Beatriz Mesquita’s biography

Bia was born in Brazil on April 7, 1991.  She began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1996 with her brother when she was 5 years old.  Although her brother would stop training after one year, Bia stuck with it- even competing at a young age.  By the time she was 10 years old, she was training under Coach Luis Fernando from the Vento Sul academy and she had won several major tournaments including the Brazilian National Junior Championships and three State Championships.  

Her coach, Luis Fernando, saw Bia’s huge potential in the sport and encouraged her to train under legend, Leticia Ribeiro, in Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.  Under Leticia, Bia would win her major championships, and receive her brown (in June 2009) and black belts (March 2011) under her.

Bia is one of the winningest female competitors of all time with over 20 titles at the black belt level, including four IBJJF black belt gi world championships, ADCC Submissions Champion in 2017, and four IBJJF black belt no gi world championships.

Major Achievements as a Black Belt

  • ADCC Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2018/2016/2015/2014**)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2010)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2016/2015/2014**/2012/2011)
  • IBJJF European Champion (2018/2010**)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2008**/2007/2006)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi Champion (2017)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro Champion (2017)
  • EBI 16 Bantamweight Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Rio International Open Champion (2010)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2017/2016*/2010**)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2010*)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2017)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship 2nd Place (2010)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2011*)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

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