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Baret Yoshida - 4th Degree BJJ Black Belt

Baret Yoshida - 4th Degree BJJ Black Belt

1. Baret Yoshida Details

Baret Yoshida Details
Name Baret Yoshida
Nickname The Finisher
Date of Birth 26 April 1975
Nationality American
Born United States
Age 47 Years 
College/University N/A
Profession Martial Artist
Last Fight 7th January 2023
Last Weigh in 64 kg (141 lbs)
Weight Class Division Peso Pena (70 kg-154 lbs) and Pluma (64 kg-141 lbs)
Height 5’6”
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
MMA Record 6-6-1
Fought Out of Hawaii, USA
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Open Guard
Belt Rank 4th-Degree Black Belt
Awarded by Egan Inoue
Head Coach Egan Inoue
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Carlson Gracie -> André Pederneiras -> John Lewis -> Egan Inoue -> Barret Yoshida
Team/Association Arena MMA, Grappling Unlimited
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2. Baret Yoshida Biography

Baret Yoshida is an American Jiu-Jitsu fighter who has made a name for himself in grappling history through his skill and competitive success. He is a 4th-degree black belt holder in BJJ  and is known for his dynamic and aggressive style of fighting. Baret has competed in several tournaments and has won many prestigious titles, including multiple IBJJF and ADCC World Championship medals. He is considered one of the top competitors in his weight class in the world of Jiu-Jitsu and a fighter with the most appearances in the ADCC matches.

2.1. Early Life

Baret Yoshida was born at the start of the summer of 1978, on the picturesque island of Oahu, Hawaii. This island is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and blessed with the warmth of the Hawaiian sun. Baret grew up in an environment that shaped his love for physical activities, and his determination to excel.

2.2. When and Where Did Baret Yoshida Started Jiu-Jitsu?

In 1994, Baret Yoshida's journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu began at Relson Gracie’s Academy on the island of Oahu, Hawaii at the age of 14. He was introduced to the leading combat sport by his friend and Baret immediately fell in love with the discipline, technique, and assertiveness of Jiu-Jitsu training. He trained tirelessly under the guidance of his coaches at Relson Gracie’s academy, honing his skills and perfecting his technique. As he progressed through the ranks, Baret began to attract the attention of the wider BJJ community.

Being surrounded by the natural beauty of Hawaii, Baret was drawn to the athleticism and fluidity of the techniques in Jiu-Jitsu. He was fascinated by the way of using Jiu-Jitsu techniques and was determined to master the art. Baret's early Jiu-Jitsu training was characterized by fierce perseverance and an unwavering dedication to the sport.

2.3. Awarded Purple Belt 

Baret Yoshida was awarded his purple belt in BJJ during his training at Gracie’s academy (1994-1999) by his longtime coach Relson Gracie, an estimable figure in the martial arts.

The purple belt is a significant milestone in the journey of Jiu-Jitsu enthusiasts, and it was also a  proud moment for Baret as he was recognized for his hard work and dedication to the sport. This achievement signified his progression and advancement in the technical knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu. This achievement proved a stepping stone for him to further progress in the grappling world, and it motivated him to continue to strive for excellence and honor in the grappling world.

2.4. Trained Under Egan and Enson

Baret Yoshida's Jiu-Jitsu journey has taken him through different pathways and training institutions. After receiving his purple belt from Relson Gracie he decided to make a change and switched to practice under the guidance of Egan and Enson “Yamato Damashii” Inoue.

This decision to switch his training proved a significant step for Baret Yoshida, as it introduced him to new opportunities to improve his grappling skills and increased his motivation and morale. Under the guidance of Egan and Enson Inoue, Baret was exposed to advanced grappling techniques and training methods that helped him to excel in his career.

The Inoue brothers allowed Baret Yoshida to train with some of the best and most accomplished fighters of Jiu-Jitsu, and to learn from their expertise. This experience was critical in helping Baret to become an accomplished fighter and competitor.

Baret's decision to switch his training center was a strategic move that allowed him to take his skills and competitive success to the next level. It was a gallant move that paid off in the long run and helped him to achieve great success on the mat.

2.5. A Consequential Performance of Baret Yoshida in the ADCC

In 1999, Baret Yoshida made his debut at the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) tournament, one of the most elite and competitive submission wrestling tournaments in the BJJ world. Despite his lack of experience at the international level, Baret fought his way through the trials and earned a spot in the finals.

He gave a very formidable challenge to one of the dominant fighters to have ever competed in the ADCC, Royler Gracie. Though he did not succeed to win the tournament, Baret's performance earned him a reputation as a fierce competitor and a rising star in the world of Jiu-Jitsu.

2.6. Baret Yoshida Won ADCC Tournaments

After his breakthrough performance in 1999, Baret Yoshida was invited back to compete in the ADCC tournament in 2001 and 2003. He continued to solidify his name as one of the best No-Gi competitors in the world, by winning silver and gold medals in the tournaments. Beret Yoshida is known for his aggressive and dynamic style of fighting, and his ability to swiftly submit.

Baret's participation in the ADCC tournaments proved his skill and competitive spirit and solidified his place among the elite Jiu-Jitsu fighters of his generation.

2.7. Awarded Black Belt

Earning a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a significant accomplishment and is a testament to a practitioner's skill, dedication, and perseverance. Baret had put in decades of hard work, competing in numerous tournaments and earning multiple medals and titles along the way, including a silver medal at the world’s most challenging No-Gi competition.

After years of hard work, dedication, and a long list of accolades, Baret Yoshida was finally awarded the Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by his coach, Egan Inoue, in 2002. This achievement was a testament to a journey that began when Baret first stepped on the mat as a white belt, and it marked a new chapter in his career as a martial artist.

2.8. IBJJF Champion

After his outstanding performance in the ADCC championships Barte Yoshida has also achieved great success in the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, winning the title in the masters 3 division in 2008, 2009, and 2018. His accomplishments on the mat demonstrate his passion for high-level grappling skills and dedication to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

2.9. Beret Yoshida MMA Career

While Baret Yoshida is well-known for his skill and competitive success in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he also proved himself an accomplished mixed martial artist, who has had the opportunity to test his skills in the cage. As an admitted admirer of the No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu, Baret decided to explore the world of MMA.

Baret's MMA career began with a series of high-profile matchups against some of the most accomplished fighters in the sport, including Masahiro Oishi and Jeff Curran. Despite the tough competition, Baret put up a strong showing of grappling skills in each fight, showcasing his versatility as an athlete and his ability to adapt to the techniques of BJJ and MMA.

Baret's MMA career (6-6-1) may not have been as long as his Jiu-Jitsu career, but it didn't stop him from showing his skills, determination, and willingness to face top-tier fighters.

2.10. Won Fight 2 Win

On August 6th, 2021, Baret Yoshida displayed his superior grappling skills by submitting Jeff Nolasco with a crucifix choke at Fight 2 Win 180. This was a significant win for Yoshida and further solidifies his reputation as a top competitor in the BJJ.

2.11. Beret Yoshida Retained His Title

After that he made a triumphant return to the competitive scene on September 10, 2021, by winning the Gi featherweight title at Fight 2 Win 183 by submitting his opponent with an anaconda choke.

He then defended his title at Fight 2 Win's sister promotion, Subversive 6, on October 16, 2021, by defeating Takahito Yoshioka by decision, solidifying his dominance in the featherweight division and cementing his status as a top competitor.

2.12. Induction in the ADCC Hall of Fame

Baret Yoshida, two-time silver and one-time bronze medalist, was honored to be inducted into the ADCC Hall of Fame in 2022.

2.13. Won Fight 2 Win 216

On January 7th, 2023, Baret Yoshida continued his status as a top-tier grappler by submitting Garry Nakamura to the main event of Fight 2 Win 216.

2.14. Video Series of Baret Yoshida

Being the renowned and most accomplished BJJ fighter. Beret has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and he has done so through his highly-acclaimed video series on choke techniques in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The Baret Yoshida choke series is a comprehensive and in-depth instructional series that covers all aspects of choke techniques in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is designed to help practitioners to improve their grappling techniques, and increase their knowledge and in-depth understanding of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. These video series will surely help BJJ practitioners to become more effective competitors.

Baret's contribution to the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through his video series is priceless. His years of experience and knowledge of the sport have been distilled into this instructional series, making it an essential resource for any practitioner looking to improve their choke techniques. This series continues to be a reference for many BJJ practitioners around the world.

3. Historic Fights of Baret Yoshida

3.1. Baret Yoshida Vs. Jeremy Romero

This was a No-Gi tournament between the legendary Baret Yoshida and Jeremy Romero, who is also a renowned grappler. Both fighters made the final of the IBJJF championship worth watching and an interesting display of their No-Gi skills.

Start of the Fight

The fight started with the prompt attack of Baret Yoshida, who tried to control the leg of his opponent. After that, Beret applied his favorite powerful Ezekiel choke that completely gripped Jeremy Romero. Jeremy used his potential defensive skills to escape from the strong grip of Baret.

End of the Fight

Baret Yoshida left no chance for his opponent to escape. However, Baret's strong grip around Jeremy Romero's neck forced him to tap.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage
2019 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Jeremy Romero Win Submission (Ezekiel Choke) Final

3.2. Baret Yoshida Vs. Jay Nolasco

The interesting bout of F2WBJJ (Fight 2 Win Promotion) was held between Baret Yoshida, who is famous for his crazy crucifix choke, and Jay Nolasco. This bout was a display of excellent submissions and grappling skills. Both fighters are well-known in the sport for their exceptional technique and athleticism, making this a highly-anticipated matchup for fans of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Start of the Fight

Baret Yoshida started the fight by takedown his opponent. Jay Npolasco showed his elite grappling skills on the mat but failed to maintain his dominant position on the mat. Baret took the advantage of Jay Nolasco by controlling him through his famous crucifix choke. The right arm of Jay Nolasco was in the strong grip of Baret’s right leg and his left arm was under the powerful grip of Baret’s hands.

End of the Fight

Jay Nolasco failed to free himself from the strong grip of Baret Yoshida. Baret succeeds in submitting his opponent by maintaining his gnarly attack of crucifix choke.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method
2021 Fight 2 Win Promotion Tournament Jay Nolasco Win Submission (Crucifix Choke)

3.3. Baret Yoshida Vs. M. Robert

In the 2018 quarter-final of the IBJJF No-Gi Championship, Baret Yoshida and M. Robert faced each other on the mat. This was a fierce competition between two highly skilled fighters, both showcased impressive performances on the mat.

Start of the Bout

The fight started with the prompt takedown of the M.Robert that gave no chance to his opponent to stand out. However, Baret succeeded to escape from the firm grip of M. Robert by using his offensive and defensive skills on the mat.

At the end of the Fight, Baret controlled the neck of his opponent from the back with a firm grip on his arm. Baret’s powerful clutch around Robert's neck forced him to tap out. Baret Yoshida won the match with his signature Crucifix choke.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method
2018 IBJJF No-Gi Championship M.Robert Win Submission (Crucifix Choke)

4. Main Achievements

Year Event Medal
2001 ADCC World Championship Silver Silver Medal Icon
2003 ADCC World Championship Silver Silver Medal Icon
2004 Copa Hawaii Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2005 Copa Hawaii Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 Copa Hawaii Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2007 ADCC World Championship Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2008 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Gold Gold Medal Icon
2009 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Gold Gold Medal Icon
2010 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2010 NFC: Native Fighting Championship 5            Gold Gold Medal Icon
2016 F2W Pro Bantamweight Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 F2W Pro Bantamweight No-Gi Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Gold Gold Medal Icon
2019 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Gold Gold Medal Icon

5. Main Achievement (Belts)

Year Event Belt Medal
2001 ADCC World Championship Brown Silver Silver Medal Icon
2003 ADCC World Championship Black Silver Silver Medal Icon
2004 Copa Hawaii Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2005 Copa Hawaii Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 Copa Hawaii Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2007 ADCC World Championship Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2008 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2009 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2010 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2010 NFC: Native Fighting Championship 5            Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2016 F2W Pro Bantamweight Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 F2W Pro Bantamweight No-Gi Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2019 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Black Gold Gold Medal Icon

6. Medals and Records

Year Event Medal
2001 ADCC World Championship 2nd
2003 ADCC World Championship 2nd
2004 Copa Hawaii Championship 1st
2005 Copa Hawaii Championship 1st
2006 Copa Hawaii Championship 1st
2007 ADCC World Championship 3rd
2008 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi 1st
2009 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi 1st
2010 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi 3rd
2010 NFC: Native Fighting Championship 5            1st
2016 F2W Pro Bantamweight Championship 1st
2018 F2W Pro Bantamweight No-Gi Championship 1st
2018 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi 1st
2019 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi 1st

7. Baret Yoshida Professional Record Breakdown

99 Matches 64 Wins 32 Losses
By Submission 53 4
By Points 3 16
By Advantage 0 3
By Decision 4 5
Split Decision 1 2
By DQ 1 0
By OT 1 1
By Penalty 0 1
Other 1 0
Draw 3

8. Baret Yoshida Submission Method Breakdown

Submission Techniques 53 Wins 4 Loss
Baseball Bat Choke 0 1
Inside Heel Choke 0 1
Cross Choke 1 0
Choke from the Back 1 0
Ezekiel Choke 1 0
Bow and Arrow 1 0
Arm Lock 1 0
Brabo Choke 1 0
Heel Hook 2 1
Armbar 2 1
Anaconda Choke 3 0
Triangle 4 0
Knee Bar 5 0
Choke 5 0
Choke from Crucifix 8 0
RNC 18 0

9. Historic Fights of Baret Yoshida

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class
2022 Fight to Win 210 Tim Mendoza W Choke from Crucifix N/A
2022 Fight to Win 209 Tim Mendoza W Choke N/A
2022 Fight to Win 200 Jeffrey Huang W Anaconda Choke N/A
2022 Fight to Win 200 Jeffrey Huang W Choke N/A
2021 Subversive 6 Takahito Yoshioka W Decision Light Featherweight
2021 Subversive 6 Takahito Yoshioka W Decision N/A
2021 Fight to Win 183 Bernardo Pitel W Choke N/A
2021 Fight to Win 180 Jeff Nolasco W Choke N/A
2020 Fight to Win 136 Kory Paredes L Decision 145 lbs
2019 Fight to Win 132 Jordan Gomez L Decision Featherweight
2019 Fight 2 Win 126 Antonio Lopez W Choke from Crucifix 145 lbs
2019 Fight 2 Win 117 Marcus Norat W Choke from Crucifix 150 lbs
2019 Fight 2 Win 114 Hiago George L Decision 140lbs
2019 IBJJF Los Angeles Pro Championship Guybson Sa W Other 70kgs
2018 World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Flavio Meier W Anaconda Choke 70kgs
2018 World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Marlon Vera W RNC 70kgs
2018 Fight 2 Win Pro 95 Andre Pontes W Knee Bar 140lbs
2018 Fight 2 Win Pro 90 Kristian Woodmansee W Anaconda Choke Bantamweight
2018 Fight 2 Win Pro 78 Kelly Johnson W Brabo Choke 145 lbs
2018 Fight 2 Win Pro 75 Paulo Cezar Pinheiro W Armlock 140lbs
2018 Fight 2 Win Pro 75 Paulo Cezar  Pinheiro W Armbar Featherweight
2018 Gracie Worlds Damon Morgan W RNC Featherweight
2018 Gracie Worlds Cristobal Chavez W Choke from Crucifix Featherweight
2018 Fight 2 Win Pro 61 Cleber Luciano L Decision Lightweight
2017 ADCC World Championships Kuba Witkowski L Penalty -66kgs
2017 5 Super League Light Heavyweight Pro Invitational Ron Henderson W Bow and Arrow -66kgs
2017 Fight 2 Win Pro 21 Paulo Silva L Decision Featherweight
2017 Fight 2 Win Pro 21 Paulo Silva L Split Decision Featherweight
2016 EBI 10 Arturo Cadenas Rocha W Ezekiel Choke 135lbs
2016 EBI 10 Eric Medina W OT 135lbs
2016 EBI 10 Eddie Cummings L Inside Heel Hook 135lbs
2016 Fight 2 Win Pro 13 Mike Reyna W Choke Featherweight
2016 Fight 2 Win Pro 8 Woolf Barnato W Split Decision Featherweight
2016 EBI 7 Alex Ecklin W RNC 145 lbs
2016 EBI 7 Mike Davila L OT 145 lbs
2016 Fight 2 Win Pro 5 Milton Bastos L Split Decision Featherweight
2016 2016 SubCon Juan Bernardo W Choke From the Back Absolute Division
2016 Fight 2 Win Pro 4 Nobuo Yagai W RNC 145 lbs
2016 Fight 2 Win Pro 4 Nobuo Yagai W Choke from Crucifix Featherweight
2015 Polaris 2 Robson Moura D N/A - Draw Featherweight
2015 2015 Gracie NoGi Worlds Josh Hinger D Other Absolute Division
2014 EBI 2 Rafael Domingos W RNC Lightweight
2014 EBI 2 A. Morrison W RNC Lightweight
2014 EBI 2 Nathan Orchard L Armbar Lightweight
2014 Metamoris IV Jeff Glover D N/A - Draw Lightweight
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Royler Gracie L Points Absolute Division
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Dennis Dombrow W Knee Bar 135lbs
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Randall Dolf W RNC 135lbs
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Eddie Cummings L Heel Hook 135lbs
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Masakazu Imanar W RNC 135lbs
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Nicollas Renier L Points -66kgs
2013 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championships Osvaldo Queixinho Moizinho L Points Featherweight
2012 San Diego Trials James Puopolo L Points Absolute Division
2011 Abu Dhabi World Professional Trials - San Diego Gui Mendes L Baseball Bat Choke Rooster Weight
2011 ADCC World Championships Nicollas Renier W RNC -66kgs
2011 ADCC World Championships Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles L Points -66kgs
2010 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championships Flavio Almeida L Points Absolute Division
2010 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championships Flavio Almeida L Points Absolute Division
2010 IBJJF American National Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Samir Chantre L Advantage Featherweight
2010 Deep X 05 Kohei Yasumi W Triangle Absolute Division
2010 Deep SPF Kohei Yasumi W Triangle Absolute Division
2010 IBJJF American National Jiu-Jitsu Championship Samir Chantre L Advantage Featherweight
2009 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championships Leandro Escobar W RNC Featherweight
2009 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championships Samir Chantre W RNC Featherweight
2009 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championships Denny Prokopos W Points Featherweight
2009 ADCC World Championships Justin Rader L Advantage -66kgs
2009 Taiwan Open Championship Takizawa Keisuke W Heel Hook Absolute Division
2009 Taiwan Open Championship Makoto Ogasawara W Heel Hook Absolute Division
2009 Taiwan Open Championship Dion Charles W Choke from Crucifix Absolute Division
2009 Taiwan Open Championship I. Makoto W Choke from Crucifix Absolute Division
2009 NAGA Las Vegas Chris Holdsworth W Knee Bar Featherweight
2008 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championships Robson Rodrigues W RNC Featherweight
2008 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championships Unknown W RNC Featherweight
2008 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championships Unknown W RNC Featherweight
2008 Taiwan Open Tournament N. Uematsu W Cross Choke Absolute Division
2008 Taiwan Open Tournament Makoto Aramaki W RNC Absolute Division
2008 Taiwan Open Tournament Takizawa Keisuke W Choke from Crucifix Absolute Division
2007 ADCC World Championships Andre Galvao L Points Absolute Division
2007 ADCC World Championships Y. Mishima W Triangle -66kgs
2007 ADCC World Championships T. Suzuki W Points -66kgs
2007 ADCC World Championships Emmanuel Sanchez W RNC -66kgs
2007 ADCC World Championships Rani Yahya L Points -66kgs
2006 ZST GFT Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles W Decision Featherweight
2005 Rickson Gracie's Budo Challenge Leonardo “Leozinho” Vieira L Points Lightweight
2003 ADCC World Championship Katsuya Toida W RNC Light Featherweight
2003 ADCC World Championship Mike Mrkulic W RNC Light Featherweight
2003 ADCC World Championship A. Soca W Points Light Featherweight
2003 ADCC World Championship Leonardo “Leozinho” Vieira L Points Light Featherweight
2002 Gracie Pacific Rim Daniel Moraes L Points Absolute Division
2001 Contenders K. Yamamoto W DQ Featherweight
2001 Contenders Katsuya Toida W Decision Featherweight
2001 ADCC World Championship Gustavo Dantas W Knee Bar -66kgs
2001 ADCC World Championship Nobuo Uematsu W Triangle -66kgs
2001 ADCC World Championship A. Soca W Knee Bar -66kgs
2001 ADCC World Championship Royler Gracie L Points -66kgs
2000 ADCC World Championship Royler Gracie L Points Featherweight
1999 ADCC World Championship Wellington Dias W Armbar Featherweight
1999 ADCC World Championship SLavski L Points Featherweight
1999 ADCC World Championship Garth Taylor L Points Absolute Division

10. Top Fight Links of Baret Yoshida

Baret Yoshida vs Alex Ferreira

Baret Yoshida vs Roberto Zapata

Baret Yoshida vs Rafael Freitas 2013 Abu Dhabi Pro Trial San Diego Finals

Baret Yoshida vs Gustavo Dantas | ADCC | 2001

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