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Michael Langhi - 3rd-degree BJJ Black Belt & CEO of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu

Michael Langhi - 3rd-degree BJJ Black Belt & CEO of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu

1. Michael Langhi’s Details

Michael Langhi’s Details
Name Michael Alexandre Langhi
Nickname N/A
Born Sao Carlos, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Date of Birth 2nd April 1985
Nationality Brazilian
College/University N/A
Age 37 Years
Last Fight No-Gi Pan 2022
Last Weigh In 79 Kg / 174 lbs
Weight Class Peso Leve (76 Kg / 168 lbs)
Weight 76 Kg/168 lbs
Height N/A
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fighting out of Brazil
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Spider Guard, Open Guard
Rank 3rd-Degree BJJ Black Belt
Awarded by Rubens Charles
Head Coach Rubens Charles
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva > Fernando Augusto > Rubens Charles > Michael Langhi
Team Association Alliance Jiu-Jitsu
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2. Michael Langhi’s Biography

Michael Langhi is a 3rd-degree BJJ Black Belt under Rubens Charles also known as “Cobrinha”. He is one of the top lightweight grapplers of his generation. He is rightly famous because of his guard pass which is the main reason for his consecutive wins. He is the elder brother of Michel Langhi, one of the top grapplers. Michael has won multiple world championships as a Black and Colored Belt. Currently, he is instructing BJJ techniques at Alliance Jiu-Jitsu.

2.1. Michael Langhi’s Early Life

Micheal Langhi was born on 2nd April 1985 in Sao Carlos, a city in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2.2. Michael Langhi Started Capoeira

Being a Brazilian, Michael Langhi was into martial arts from a very young age. He started capoeira, a famous Brazilian art. His capoeira gym was located in Londrina.

2.3. Met Rubens Charles

At the capoeira gym, Michael Langhi met Rubens Charles “Cobrinha” and was inspired by his grappling techniques.

2.4. Rubens Charles Invited Langhi to a BJJ Class

In 2001, Rubens Charles invited Michael Langhi to his BJJ class and asked Michael to roll with him. At that time Rubens Charles was a Purple Belt and performed very well. He was also working on his new BJJ academy in Londrina.

At the start, Michael used to train once a week, and later when he developed an interest in it, he upgraded his training time twice a week.

2.5. Influence of Rubens Charles on Langhi

Langhi has credited Cobrinha for helping him to refine the technique, improving his conditioning, and for developing a more strategic approach to competitions. Under Cobrinha’s guidance, Langhi became an even more dominant force in the competitive circuit, winning multiple world championships and establishing himself as one of the top BJJ fighters of his generation.

Langhi has also trained with other top coaches and competitors throughout his career, but his time training under Cobrinha was a particularly important period of his development as a fighter.

2.6. Michael Langhi’s Fighting Style

Michael Langhi is a highly technical and strategic fighter, known for his precision and efficiency in executing techniques. He is particularly skilled at using his guard, where he employs a variety of sweeps, submissions, and transitions to control his opponents and set up attacks.

Langhi is also known for his athleticism and conditioning, which allow him to maintain a high pace throughout his matches and wear down his opponents. He is able to move quickly and explosively, while still maintaining control and balance.

In addition to his technical skills and physical attributes, Langhi is known for his intelligence and adaptability as a fighter. He is able to read his opponents and adjust his strategy to take advantage of their weaknesses, and he is always looking for opportunities to capitalize on mistakes and create openings for attacks.

Overall, Langhi is a well-rounded fighter who excels in all areas of BJJ. He is a master of the sport’s fundamental techniques, but also has the creativity and flexibility to adapt to different situations and opponents.

3. Michael Langhi’s BJJ Combats

3.1. Michael Langhi’s First World Championship

When Michael turned 19, he participated in his first World Championship. He won first place at the IBJJF World Championship in 2004 as a Blue Belt.

3.2. World Champion as a Colored Belt

After winning his first World Championship, Michael Langhi did not stop. Later on, in 2006 he again won first place at the IBJJF World Championship as a Purple Belt. In 2007, Michael Langhi won the same title but this time as a Brown Belt.

3.3. Promoted to Black Belt

In 2008, Michael Langhi received his Black Belt from Rubens Charles.

3.4. IBJJF Pan Champion

In 2009, Michael Langhi won first place at the IBJJF Pan Championship as a Black Belt.

3.5. European Open & Brazilian National Champion

2009 was the most fruitful year for Michael Langhi. He participated in the European Open and Brazilian Nationals and won first place at both championships. His performance at the World Championship and Pan American Championship was also breathtaking.

3.6. Best Jiu-Jitsu Competitor of 2009

Michael Langhi won the most World Championships in 2009. Upon this, he was recognized as the “Best Competitor of 2009”.

3.7. Retired from the Competitive BJJ

Since retiring from competition, Langhi has focused on teaching and coaching and is widely regarded as one of the top instructors in the sport. He has also developed a reputation as a mentor to many young athletes, helping them to develop the mental and physical skills needed to succeed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and in life.

Today, Langhi is a highly respected figure in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community, and his legacy as one of the sport’s greatest competitors and coaches is firmly established.

4. Michael Langhi’s Impassable Guard

Michael Langhi’s “impassable guard” technique is a highly effective way of controlling and sweeping the opponent from the bottom position.

The key to Langhi’s impassable guard technique is the use of effective grips and a solid base. He emphasizes the importance of using the legs of the opponent and hips to create distance and maintain control over your opponent. Langhi also emphasizes the use of the lapel grip, which allows you to control your opponent’s posture and limit their ability to pass your guard.

To execute the technique, Langhi recommends starting in the butterfly guard position, with both feet hooked inside your opponent’s thighs. From there, he suggests establishing a strong lapel grip and using the opponent’s legs to maintain distance and control. Controlling the hips and legs of the opponent and creating a solid base, from there, Michael can work to sweep the opponent or transition to other guard positions.

One of the key components of Langhi’s impassable guard technique is the use of dynamic movement and constant adjustments. By staying active and making small adjustments to your grips and positioning. You can make it extremely difficult for your opponent to pass your guard.

Overall, Langhi’s impassable guard technique is a highly effective way of controlling and sweeping from the bottom position in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. By focusing on effective grips, a solid base, and dynamic movement, you can become a formidable guard player and make it very difficult for your opponents to pass your guard.

5. Michael Langhi - CEO at Alliance Jiu-Jitsu

Currently Michael Langhi is the CEO of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu. He is an excellent instructor loved by the students.

6. Michael Langhi’s Historic Fights

6.1. Michael Langhi Vs. Jonathan Torres

Jonathan Torres is a 3rd-degree BJJ Black Belt under Lloyd Irvin. He has won many prestigious titles such as ADCC and IBJJF World Championships.

His strong grips are the reason that Michael Langhi had to revolutionize his fighting style to make his grips strong. Michael held JT by his Gi pants for a longer part of the match.

When Jonathan tried to stand from the ground position, Michael quickly reversed the position and got on his back. Michael benefited from the back position and went for the submission. He submitted Jonathan Torres via Cobrinha and won the semi final.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2011 IBJJF Pan Championship Jonathan Torres Win Submission By Choke from Back Semi Final 76 Kg Irvine, California

6.2. Michael Langhi Vs. Fred Silva Armbar

Frederico, also known as Fred Silva, is a 2nd-degree BJJ Black Belt. At first, Michael took Fred to the ground position and then gained the top position. Michael stayed in the same position for a relatively longer time to gain tight grips. Once he has tightly gripped his opponent, then he goes for the submission.

 Michael Langhi crawled for the back grab and tightened his grips on Fred’s Gi. He grabbed Fred’s arm, turned it, and went for the Armbar. He submitted Fred Silva in 5 minutes and 17 seconds.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2013 IBJJF Pan Championship Fred Silva Win Submission By Armbar Eliminator Lightweight California, USA

6.3. Michael Langhi Vs. Philipe Della Monica

Philipe Della Monica is a 4th-degree BJJ Black Belt and the head instructor of Gracie Barra Headquarters.

Michael Langhi caged Monica with his hands and feet and did not let him escape. He did the same with Monica. He first tried to go for the armbar but Monica escaped it. He then applied the Omoplata Choke. He submitted Philipe Della Monica in just 2 minutes and 44 seconds.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championship Philipe Della Monica Win Submission By Omoplata Quarter Final 76 Kg California, USA

7. Michael Langhi’s Championships (Medals)

7.1. IBJJF World Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2009 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2010 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2015 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

7.2. IBJJF Pan American Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2010 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2013 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

7.3. IBJJF European Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2009 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2011 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2013 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2014 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2015 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

7.4. Brazilian National Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2008 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2009 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2016 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2017 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

7.5. World No-Gi Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2015 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

7.6. European No-Gi

Year Weight Division Medal
2012 79.5 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

7.7. Brazilian Nationals No-Gi Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2009 76 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

8. Michael Langhi’s Main Achievements

8.1. Gi Tournaments

Year Event Weight Class Position
2018 IBJJF European Open Lightweight 1st
2017 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Lightweight 1st
2016 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Lightweight 1st
2016 CBJJ South American Championship Lightweight 1st
2015 IBJJF World Championship Lightweight 1st
2015 IBJJF European Open Lightweight 1st
2014 IBJJF Pan Championship Lightweight 1st
2014 IBJJF European Open Lightweight 1st
2013 IBJJF Pan Championship Lightweight 1st
2013 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Lightweight 1st
2013 IBJJF European Open Lightweight 1st
2011 IBJJF Pan Championship Lightweight 1st
2011 IBJJF European Open Lightweight 1st
2010 IBJJF World Championship Lightweight 1st
2010 IBJJF Pan Championship Lightweight 1st
2010 IBJJF European Open Lightweight 1st
2009 IBJJF World Championship Lightweight 1st
2009 IBJJF Pan Championship Lightweight 1st
2009 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Lightweight 1st
2009 IBJJF European Open Lightweight 1st
2009 AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro Lightweight 1st
2008 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Lightweight 1st

8.2. No-Gi Tournaments

Year Event Weight Class Position
2015 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Lightweight 1st
2012 IBJJF European Open No-Gi Lightweight 1st
2009 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi Lightweight 1st

9. Michael Langhi’s Main Achievements (Belts)

Year Event Belt Position
2007 IBJJF World Championship Brown 1st
2007 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Brown 1st
2006 IBJJF World Championship Purple 1st
2005 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Purple 1st
2004 IBJJF World Championship Blue 1st

10. Michael Langhi’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

105 Matches 88 Wins 17 Losses
By Submissions 35 1
By Points 36 6
By Advantages 8 5
By Decision 7 5
By Penalties 0 0
By DQ 2 0
Draws 0

10.1. Submission W/L Methods

Submission Method 35 Wins 1 Losses
Choke from Back 13 0
Bow and Arrow 3 0
Choke 2 0
Brabo Choke 1 0
Choke F / Omoplata 1 0
Armlock 1 0
Cross Choke 1 0
Armbar 6 1
Triangle 3 0
Submission 1 0
Monoplata 1 0
Rear Naked Choke 1 0
Arm in Ezekiel 1 0

11. Michael Langhi’s BJJ Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class Stage
2008 IBJJF Pan American Rafael Barbosa W Pts: 2x0 76 Kg 4F
2008 IBJJF Pan American Celso Vinicius L Referee Decision 76 Kg SF
2008 Brasileiro Michel Maia W Choke from Back 76 Kg SF
2008 Brasileiro Vinicius Marinho W Pts: 4x0 76 Kg F
2008 IBJJF World Championship F. Sabatini W Arm in Ezekiel 76 Kg 4F
2008 IBJJF World Championship Celso Vinicius L Points 76 Kg SF
2008 Capital Challenge Cleber Lopes W Points 77 Kg 4F
2008 Capital Challenge Yan Cabral W Referee Decision 77 Kg SF
2008 Capital Challenge Sergio Moraes W Triangle 77 Kg F
2009 IBJJF European Thibaut Olivier W Choke 76 Kg SF
2009 IBJJF European Daisuke Sugie W Cross choke 76 Kg F
2009 IBJJF European Unknown W Choke from Back ABS R1
2009 World Pro. Marcelo Garcia W Adv 76 Kg F
2009 IBJJF Pan American Augusto Mendes W Armbar 76 Kg SF
2009 IBJJF Brasileiro NoGi Helder Medeiros W Pts: 0x0, Adv 76 Kg F
2009 IBJJF World Championship Augusto Mendes W Pts: 4x4, Adv 76 Kg 4F
2009 IBJJF World Championship Philipe Monica W Pts: 4x2 76 Kg SF
2009 IBJJF World Championship Gilbert Burns W Pts: 9x2 76 Kg F
2010 IBJJF European Unknown W Armbar 76 Kg 4F
2010 IBJJF European JT Torres W Adv 76 Kg SF
2010 IBJJF Pan American Rodrigo Freitas W Bow and Arrow 76 Kg 4F
2010 IBJJF Pan American Jonatas Gurgel W Choke from Back 76 Kg SF
2010 IBJJF World Championship Bernardo Campos W Bow and Arrow 76 Kg 4F
2010 IBJJF World Championship Gilbert Burns W Referee Decision 76 Kg SF
2010 IBJJF World Championship Celso Vinicius W Referee Decision 76 Kg F
2011 World Pro Trials Kleidson Viana W Triangle 77 Kg 4F
2011 World Pro Trials J. Carlos W Armbar 77 Kg SF
2011 World Pro Trials Gilbert Burns W Points 77 Kg F
2011 IBJJF Pan American JT Torres W Choke from Back 76 Kg SF
2011 World Pro. Leandro Lo L Pts: 4x0 74 Kg SF
2011 World Pro. Rodolfo Vieira L Armbar ABS 4F
2011 IBJJF Brasileiro Davi Ramos W Points 76 Kg SF
2011 IBJJF Brasileiro Leandro Lo L Adv 76 Kg F
2011 IBJJF World Championship Unknown W DQ 76 Kg RDS
2011 IBJJF World Championship Carlos Vieira W Submission 76 Kg RDS
2011 IBJJF World Championship Davi Ramos W Pts: 4x0 76 Kg 4F
2011 IBJJF World Championship Kron Gracie L Referee Decision 76 Kg SF
2011 FL BJJ Open Wesley Fe W Brabo Choke 76 Kg F
2012 IBJJF European Open Pakisi Nginga W Bow and Arrow 76 Kg 4F
2012 IBJJF European Open Roberto Satoshi L Pts: 4x4, Adv 76 Kg SF
2012 Copa Podio Claudio Mattos W Pts: 8x4 ABS SPF
2012 Brasileiro A. Souza W N/A 76 Kg SF
2012 Brasileiro Leandro Lo L Pts: 2x0 76 Kg F
2012 IBJJF European NoGi Nic Ruben W Pts: 11x0 82 Kg SF
2012 IBJJF European NoGi Matheus Barros W N/A 82 Kg F
2012 IBJJF London Open Pedro Bessa W Choke from Back 82 Kg F
2013 IBJJF European Open Vinicius Marinho W Pts: 9x4 76 Kg F
2013 IBJJF Pan American Yoshinobu Kakizawa W Points 76 Kg R2
2013 IBJJF Pan American JT Torres W Choke 76 Kg SF
2013 IBJJF World Championship Zak Maxwell W Pts: 8x2 76 Kg 4F
2013 IBJJF World Championship Rodrigo Caporal W Pts: 6x4 76 Kg SF
2013 IBJJF World Championship Leandro Lo L Pts: 2x0 76 Kg F
2014 IBJJF European Unknown W Monoplata 76 Kg 4F
2014 IBJJF European Sandro Vieira W Choke from Back 76 Kg SF
2014 IBJJF Pan American Julian Vega W Pts: 8x0 76 Kg R1
2014 IBJJF Pan American Marcel Goulart W Choke from Back 76 Kg 4F
2014 IBJJF Pan American Della Monica W Choke f/ Omoplata 76 Kg SF
2014 IBJJF World Championship H. Takamoto W N/A 76 Kg R1
2014 IBJJF World Championship Helton Ambo W Choke from Back 76 Kg 8F
2014 IBJJF World Championship Philipe Furão W Triangle 76 Kg 4F
2014 IBJJF World Championship JT Torres L Pts: 4x4, Adv 76 Kg SF
2015 Brazil National Pro Lucas Ramos W Armbar 75 Kg 4F
2015 IBJJF European Alex Cabanes W Pts: 21x0 76 Kg R2
2015 IBJJF European Thibaut Olivier W Pts: 12x0 76 Kg 4F
2015 IBJJF European Sandro Vieira W Pts: 4x0 76 Kg SF
2015 IBJJF European Gabriel Rollo W Referee Decision 76 Kg F
2015 Brasileiro Unknown W Choke from Back 76 Kg 4F
2015 Brasileiro Luan Carvalho L Referee Decision 76 Kg SF
2015 IBJJF World Championship AJ Sousa W Points 76 Kg 8F
2015 IBJJF World Championship Samuel Hertzog W Pts: 2x0 76 Kg 4F
2015 IBJJF World Championship JT Torres W Pts: 2x2, Adv 76 Kg SF
2015 IBJJF NoGi Worlds Cristian Lopez W Rear Naked Choke 73 Kg 8F
2015 IBJJF NoGi Worlds Garry Tonon W Pts: 4x2 73 Kg 4F
2015 IBJJF NoGi Worlds Thiago Abreu W Pts: 0x0, Adv 73 Kg SF
2015 IBJJF NoGi Worlds Mansher Khera W Pts: 0x0, Adv 73KG F
2016 IBJJF Brasileiro Julio da Silva W N/A 76 Kg 8F
2016 IBJJF Brasileiro Almir Dantas W N/A 76 Kg 4F
2016 Brasileiro Theodoro Canal W N/A 76 Kg SF
2016 IBJJF World Championship Kevin Mahecha W Pts: 4x2 76 Kg R2
2016 IBJJF World Championship Gabriel Rollo L Referee Decision 76 Kg 4F
2016 South American Rafael Mansur W Choke from Back 76 Kg SF
2017 ACBJJ 4 Rodrigo Caporal W Points 75 Kg 4F
2017 ACBJJ 4 Edwin Najmi L Referee Decision 75 Kg SF
2017 Floripa Fall Open Rafael Mansur W N/A 76 Kg 4F
2017 Floripa Fall Open Luciano Bernert W N/A 76 Kg SF
2017 Brasileiro Eric Lopez W Choke from Back 76 Kg R1
2017 Brasileiro Andre Baccarin W Armbar 76 Kg R2
2017 Brasileiro Ricardo Rocha W Choke from Back 76 Kg 4F
2017 Brasileiro Matheus Costa W DQ 76 Kg SF
2017 Brasileiro Gabriel Rollo W Pts: 2x0 76 Kg F
2017 IBJJF World Championship Caio Almeida W Choke from Back 76 Kg 8F
2017 IBJJF World Championship Roberto Satoshi L Pts: 2x0 76 Kg 4F
2018 European Open John Combs W Armlock 76 Kg R1
2018 European Open Tommi Pulkkanen W Pts: 5x0 76 Kg 4F
2018 European Open Hugo Marques W Armbar 76 Kg SF
2018 European Open Masahiro Iwasaki W Pts: 0x0, Adv 76 Kg F
2018 ACBJJ 11 Marcio Andre W Referee Decision 75 Kg SPF
2018 ACBJJ 13 Victor Silverio W Referee Decision 75 Kg SPF
2018 IBJJF World Championship Yan Cabral W Pts: 7x2 76 Kg R2
2018 IBJJF World Championship Renato Canuto L Pts: 2x2, Adv 76 Kg R3
2019 IBJJF World Championship Fabricio Barbarotti W Pts: 2x0 76 Kg R1
2019 IBJJF World Championship Renato Canuto L Pts: 2x0 76 Kg 4F
2021 BJJ Stars Claudio Mattos W Pts: 2x0 ABS 82KG
2022 NoGi Pan Eduardo Avelar W Referee Decision 79 Kg 8F
2022 NoGi Pan Matheus Galvao L Pts: 0x0, Adv 79 Kg 4F

12. Michael Langhi’s Top Fights Links

Michael Langhi VS Gilbert "Durinho" Burns / World Championship 2010

Michael Langhi VS Augusto Mendes / World Championship 2009

Michael Langhi v Masahiro Iwasaki / European 2018

Michael Langhi VS Gilbert "Durinho" Burns / World Championship 2009

Michael Langhi VS Yoshinobu Kakizawa / Pan Championship 2013

MIchael Langhi VS Bernardo Campos / World Championship 2010

Photo Credit: @michaellanghi

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