Nathalie Ribeiro opened her eyes in the most populous city of Brazil-Rio de Janeiro. She was born on 6 November 1992.
2.2. First Instructor
Nathalie started BJJ at the younger age of 8. Tata’s Jiu-Jitsu career started with Valdemar, her first BJJ coach. He used to teach a small class in Jacarepagua at Ribeiro's apartment complex. Tata's jiu-jitsu training started in her parent’s living place, and during her BJJ career, she got training from different Jiu-Jitsu coaches who helped her achieve the Blue Belt rank at the age of 16 in 2009. Tata received her first blue belt on her 16th birthday.
2.3. Left Mat For Three Years
Nathalie left BJJ mats for three years after achieving her Blue Belt in 2009. The reason behind taking a break from mats is her baby boy Victor Hugo. She decided to allocate her time and attention solely to her baby.
2.4. Rejoined Jiu-Jitsu
In 2012, Nathelioe rejoined the Jiu-Jitsu world, but this time from scratch. She decided to start from a White Belt under the mentorship of Master Sylvio Behring. Sylvio's brilliant coaching led Tata to the Purple Belt within a short time.
2.5. Won International Championships
In March 2015, Nathalie went to US America to compete in IBJJF (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) tournaments where she earned international championship titles. As a Purple Belt champion, Tata won IBJJF No-Gi Pan Championship and SJJIF Gi/No-Gi World Championships.
2.6. Promoted to Brown Belt
Due to her remarkable success in the IBJJF Championships, Joao Silva and Aloisio Silva contacted Nathalie and offered her an Athletic scholarship. After accepting this great opportunity, Tata Ribeiro won the 2017 IBJJF Gi/No-Gi World Championship and the Pan American Championship Titles. She was promoted to the next rank- Brown Belt by Joao silva.
2.7. Become an Instructor at Checkmat
Nathalie became friends with Lucas Leite of Checkmat La Habra during her stay in the Northern Hemisphere. Lucas offered her instructorship at his Academy. Ribeiro accepted the offer and continued her training under the BJJ Champion Lucas Leite with instructorship.
2.8. Awarded with Black Belt
Lucas Leite awarded Tata Riberio with a Black Belt on 12 March 2018. She achieved remarkable accomplishments in the World international championship after being promoted to Black Belt.
Tata’s hard work made her a top-tier Black Belt competitor in BJJ. She took confidence from her winning streak and won the 2021,2021 and 2022 European Championship Titles.
2.9. American Citizenship
At the beginning of 2021, Tata announced the news of her US citizenship in her Instagram post. She wrote a note to thank everyone who played their role in her successful journey. Tata shared her thoughts in her post that she was a girl afraid of everything but America made her a woman of steel who can build her own destiny.
2.10. Nathalie’s Ranking
Nathelie secured 43rd position in women's professional Brown/Black AJP Tournaments 2021, 2022. She ranked 2nd in the United States and North America by winning 12 tournaments.
2.11. Ranked in Adult Black Belt
Nathalie's achievements made her an all-rounder during her BJJ career. She also ranked 6th in the Top 10 Adult black belt season 2020-2021.
2.12. Tata’s Love for Photography
Nathalie also had a deep love of photography since her childhood. In 2019, on returning the mat, Nathalie bought her first DSLR Nikon. However, being an athlete does not grant her much time to pursue her hobby. After becoming a World Champion, she once again gave her dedication to her favorite hobby. Tata’s shared her routine:
“Right now, because I'm involved with Jiu-Jitsu, most of my work is coming from it, and it is a great start, I had gone to big tournaments, now from outside of the mats, and there are people who love my work already, and I, also, have great friends, who are in the same market, that helped me and taught me great things in photography. I still want to work in sports photography because the action photos are so amazing to take and so exciting to see when the results come out good, but I've been always taking landscape pictures and I plan on starting other categories like portrait and wedding photography. I want to be a little bit of everything photographer and I want to do it the best way! If you just got here, make sure you stay and follow my growth :)” (Nathalie Ribeiro)
2.13. Historic Fights of Nathalie
Nathalie Ribeiro Vs. Ffion Davies
The finale of the IBJJF World Pan Championship 2022 was held between two iron ladies Ffion And Tata Ribeiro. Both champions showed high-level grappling skills and applied elite defense techniques that demonstrated the evolution of women's Jiu-Jitsu.
Both aggressive and relentless women applied defensive and offensive techniques. Ffion established herself as the better grappler in each encounter. Nathalie's hesitation to compete in the PAN final against Fifon was understandable.
A Passionate crowd waited to start the thrilling match. In the start, Fifon attempted a spider guard that hardly passed by Tata Ribeiro. In the next second, Nathalie gets the advantage of her brilliant sweep. She succeeded to dodge Fifon's second spider guard attempt.
In the end, Nathalie eventually won the Gold by a two-point.
IBJJF World Pan Championship
Nathalie Ribeiro Vs. Victoria Vieira
This was a gripping semi-final of the 2022 Abu-Dhabi Grand Slam Championship. The match started with the rip-roaring attack of victoria. Victoria attempted leg lock which was passed by Nathalie. After 4 minutes, Tata attempted her favorite Lasso guard to control her opponent. This interesting match ends up giving the Championship Title to Nathalie.
Abu-Dhabi Grand Slam Championship
2021 IBJJF Pan Championship
2021 IBJJF Nathalie Ribeiro arrived at the Queen on Mats aiming to add another Championship Title to her collection right before the World Championships. Nathalie defeated World Champion Bianca Basilio 5-1 and Maria Ono through wrist lock from the Omoplata position in the quarterfinal matches. She also got the tournament's fastest submission in the semifinals, drawing guard and locking up a swift triangle against rooster weight star Brenda Larissa.
Final of 2021 IBJJF Pan Championship
In the final match of the IBJJF Pan Championship 2021, Nathalie competed with the best female grappler of all time- Beatriz Mesquita. In the beginning, Beatriz attempted her favorite closed guard which worked for her all the time.
Mesquita had been in the closed guard for nearly four minutes when she launched her first meaningful assault, an armbar from an arm drag that Ribeiro was able to block. After defending the armbar, the two disengaged, and Ribeiro drew to the closed guard. Ribeiro passed the guard and nearly swept Mesquita for a point. The match concluded 1-1, and Nathalie Ribeiro was crowned with the title.
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