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Roberto Satoshi: The BJJ Coach and The World Champion

Roberto Satoshi: The BJJ Coach and The World Champion

1. Roberto Satoshi’s Details

Roberto Satoshi’s Details
Name Roberto Satoshi de Souza
Nickname Toshi
Born São Paulo, Brazil
Age 33 years
Date of Birth 19th September 1989
Weight 76kg  (167 lbs)
Weight Division Peso Leve: 76kg (167 lbs)
Height 5’11’’
Foundational Style BJJ
Career Disclosed Earnings N/A
College University N/A
Rank Black Belt
Head Coach Adilson de Souza
Last Fight 2022 RIZIN 35
Favorite Technique Guard
Lineage Carlos Gracie -> George Gracie -> Octávio de Almeida -> Adilson de Souza -> Roberto Satoshi
Team Association Academia Bonsai
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2. Roberto Satoshi’s Biography

Roberto Satoshi also known as “Toshi” is a Black Belt and World Champion. He was born on 19th September 1989 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is a BJJ coach and runs his own academy “Bonsai Academy”  in Japan along with his brothers.

2.1. Robert Started Jiu-Jitsu Under his Father

He started training in MMA in his childhood under his father, Adilson de Souza. His father was a Judo instructor and one of the big names in MMA. He trained his sons for MMA.

2.2. Robert’s All Family is Dedicated to Jiu-Jitsu

Roberto opened his eyes to a family who is dedicated to MMA. He has four other siblings, all are associated with the grappling world. Roberto also trained in Judo and later, diverted to Jiu-Jitsu.

2.3. Won the Title of World Champion

In 2006, Roberto was a World Champion in the middleweight and absolute weight category with Blue Belt. Toshi won many World Championships when the BJJ World Championships were held in Brazil.

2.4. A Break from Jiu-Jitsu for almost Two Years

Unfortunately, Roberto could not partake in BJJ World Championships due to the unavailability of sponsorships when the BJJ World championships were rescheduled to California, USA.

2.5. Relocated to Japan

Roberto decided to go to Japan as his brother Mauricio settled there. Mauricio opened an academy in Japan and was teaching grappling arts. Roberto liked his visit to Japan and started living there.   

2.6. Roberto’s Struggles in Japan

Roberto started living in Japan but did not have any financial support. In the beginning, he did work in factories to make a living along with competing and coaching grappling art.

2.7. Upraise in Japan

After some time, Roberto took flight in his BJJ career in Japan and allocated his time and energies solely to BJJ. He started running the academy with his brother.

In his interview, he stated that people think Jiu-Jitsu cannot be continued in Japan, but rather we (Satoshi brothers) are giving training to many students in our academy. Many of them are world-class athletes. He also won many World Championships while training in Japan.      

2.8. Relationship with Atos

Roberto had a good friendship with Atos since he was a blue belt. He mentioned in an interview that if any competitors from Atos visit Japan, Roberto offers them his house to stay and continue their training.  

2.9. Supportive Brand in BJJ Career

Sponsorship was a big issue for Roberto when he was in Brazil. When he relocated to Japan, the Bull Terrier brand supported him when he was at the purple belt level. According to Roberto Satoshi, the Bull Terrier brand helped Toshi in his journey to success.

2.10. Promoted to Black Belt

Roberto Satoshi was promoted to Black Belt by his father on 1st May 2011. Just after some hours of giving a Black Belt to Roberto, Adilson de Souza passed away due to long-term illness. 

2.11. Roberto Owns Two Nationalities

Roberto Satoshi is a Brazilian BJJ competitor but also has a Japanese ancestor as well. His mother belonged to Japan. In 2007, he left Brazil and relocated to Japan. Now he lives in Shizuoka, a city in Japan.

2.12. Roberto Satoshi’s Historic Fights

Roberto Satoshi Vs Pedro Bessa

This fight was between Roberto Satoshi and Pedro Bessa in the 2012 IBJJF European Championship.

Roberto Satoshi applied a Flying Guard Sweep. Pedro tried his best to escape. Robert Satoshi surprised his fans by submitting Pedro Bessa just in just half a minute with a Flying Armbar. 

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2012 IBJJF European Championship Pedro Bessa Win Submission by Flying Armbar N/A Lightweight

Roberto Satoshi Vs. AJ Agazarm

This match was between Roberto Satoshi and AJ Agazarm in the World Championship 2014.

Both fighters showed great spirit from the start of the match. Roberto started by applying a full guard. Agazarm tried to escape and applied a leg lock. Roberto took some time to get himself free. Agazarm again tried to take down Roberto but this time Roberto did not give his control to Agazarm and succeeded in strangling him with the Lapel Choke

At the end of the match, Roberto submitted Agazarm with Choke from the back.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2014 IBJJF World Championship AJ Agazarm Win Submission by Choke from Back Eliminator Lightweight

Roberto Satoshi Vs. Lucas Lepri

This match was between Roberto Satoshi and Lucas Lepri in Abu Dhabi World Pro 2012.

This is one of the exciting matches as this match was between two great BJJ competitors. Lepri has been a World Champion since 2006 and Roberto was just promoted to Black Belt a month ago.

At the start of the match, Roberto Satoshi was taken down by Lucas Lepri. But Roberto did not allow him to take control and after a few minutes countered by takedown and Satoshi scored two points. Lepri managed to escape and strangled him from the back. Roberto escaped and again managed to be on top of Lepri. Lepri tried his best to escape and put him down.

Lepri succeeded to sweep him to get two points but did not manage to keep him in that position. Roberto played fabulous and did not allow Lepri to dominate.

At the end of the match, Roberto won by two points.            

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2012 Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship Lucas Lepri Win By Points N/A Lightweight

3. Roberto Satoshi’s Main Achievements

Years Events Weight Division
2006 IBJJF World Championship Open Absolute
2007 Deep XPG Featherweight
2007 FPJJ Sao Paulo State Championships N/A
2008 Rickson Gracie Cup N/A
2009 IBJJF World Championship Lightweight
2010 IBJJF World Championship Lightweight
2010 IBJJF Asia Open Absolute
2010 Rickson Gracie Cup Absolute
2011 IBJJF European Open N/A
2012 IBJJF European Open Lightweight
2012 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Lightweight
2014 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Lightweight
2015 UAEJJF Grand Slam, TYO Lightweight
2016 UAEJJF Grand Slam, TYO Lightweight

3.1. Roberto Satoshi’s Black Belt Achievements

Year Event Belt Position
2012 IBJJF European Open Black Belt 1st
2012 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Black Belt 1st
2012 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 3rd
2014 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Black Belt 1st
2014 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 3rd
2015 UAEJJF Grand Slam, TYO Black Belt 1st
2015 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Black Belt 3rd
2016 UAEJJF Grand Slam, TYO Black Belt 1st
2016 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Black Belt 2nd
2017 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 2nd
2017 UAEJJF Grand Slam, ADB Black Belt 2nd

3.2. Roberto Satoshi’s Colored Belts Achievements

Year Event Belt Position
2006 IBJJF World Championship Blue Belt 1st
2007 DEEP XGP N/A 1st
2007 FPJJ Sao Paulo State Championship  Blue Belt 1st
2008 Rickson Gracie Cup Purple Belt 1st
2009 IBJJF World Championship Purple Belt 1st
2010 IBJJF Asia Open Brown Belt 1st
2010 Rickson Gracie Cup Brown Belt 1st
2011 IBJJF European Open Brown Belt 1st

4. Roberto Satoshi’s Professional Record Breakdown

4.1. Professional Record Break

76 Matches 61 Wins 15 Losses
By Submissions 37 2
By Points 21 10
By Advantages 3 1
Due to Injury 0 2

4.2. Roberto Satoshi’s Submission Methods

Method 37 Wins 2 Losses
Triangle 7 0
Bow and Arrow 4 0
Choke 3 0
Clock Choke 2 0
Triangle Armbar 2 0
Darce Choke 1 0
Flying Armbar 1 0
Reverse Triangle 1 0
Choke From Back 6 0
RNC 3 0
Armbar 2 0
Submission 2 0
Triangle/Armbar 1 0
Wristlock 1 1
Estima Lock 1 0
Botinha 0 1

5. Roberto Satoshi’s Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L Method Weight Division
2012 Dumau NE Masahiro Iwasaki W Triangle Lightweight
2012 European Open Pedro Bessa W Flying Armbar Lightweight
2012 European Open Michael Langhi W Pts: 4x4, Adv Lightweight
2012 European Open JT Torres W Pts: 5x0 Lightweight
2012 World Pro. Davi Ramos W Pts: 3x2 Lightweight
2012 World Pro. Thiago Braga W Clock Choke Lightweight
2012 World Pro. JT Torres W Pts: 2x0 Lightweight
2012 World Pro. Lucas Lepri W Pts: 2x0 Lightweight
2012 World Champ. Unknown W Submission Lightweight
2012 World Champ. Italo Lins W Points Lightweight
2012 World Champ. JT Torres W Pts: 2x2, Adv Lightweight
2012 World Champ. Leandro Lo L Pts: 7x2 Lightweight
2013 Japan Pro Trials Unknown W Triangle Armbar Lightweight
2013 Japan Pro Trials Unknown W Choke from Back Lightweight
2013 Japan Pro Trials Daisuke Sugie W Triangle Lightweight
2013 World Pro Leandro Lo L Points Lightweight
2014 World Pro. Claudio Mattos W Choke Lightweight
2014 World Pro. Sergio Benini W Choke from Back Lightweight
2014 World Champ. T. Kaneko W N/A Lightweight
2014 World Champ. AJ Agazarm W Choke from Back Lightweight
2014 World Champ. Celso Vinicius W Pts: 2x0 Lightweight
2014 World Champ. Lucas Lepri L Pts: 20x0 Lightweight
2014 Asian Open Ilke Bulut W Choke from Back Lightweight
2014 Asian Open Unknown W Choke from Back Lightweight
2014 Asian Open Tatsuya Kaneko W Bow and Arrow Lightweight
2014 Metamoris 5 Jake Shields D --- ABS
2015 Boa Super 8 Alexandre Santos W Clock Choke Lightweight
2015 Boa Super 8 Rodrigo Caporal W Pts: 2x0 Lightweight
2015 Boa Super 8 Lachlan Giles W Choke Lightweight
2015 World Pro Tomas Oyarzun W Triangle Featherweight
2015 World Pro Samuel Hertzog W Points Featherweight
2015 World Pro Lucas Lepri L Pts: 2x0 Featherweight
2015 World Pro Mario Reis W Pts: 2x0 Featherweight
2015 Metamoris 6 Clark Gracie D --- ABS
2015 Bullterrier Cup Unknown W Choke ABS
2015 Bullterrier Cup Leandro Kussano W Estima Lock ABS
2015 Grand Slam TYO Rodrigo Caporal W Pts: 2x0 Lightweight
2015 Grand Slam TYO Celso Vinicius W Adv Lightweight
2015 Asian Open Choi Choi W Reverse Triangle Lightweight
2015 Grand Slam LA Tiago Bravo W Bow and Arrow Lightweight
2015 Grand Slam LA Celso Vinicius L Injury Lightweight
2016 World Pro Ian Toro W Triangle/Armbar Lightweight
2016 World Pro Gabriel Procopio W Armbar Lightweight
2016 World Pro Luan Carvalho W Bow and Arrow Lightweight
2016 World Pro AJ Agazarm W Pts: 4x0 Lightweight
2016 World Pro Gabriel Arges L Pts: 6x2 Lightweight
2016 World Champ. Thiago Abreu L Botinha Lightweight
2016 Asian Open Alexandre Ogawa W Choke from Back Middleweight
2016 Asian Open Rodrigo Teixeira W Armbar Middleweight
2016 Grand Slam TYO Anderson T. W Submission Lightweight
2016 Grand Slam TYO Robson Tanno W Darce Choke Lightweight
2017 Grand Slam AD Raphael Mello W Triangle Featherweight
2017 Grand Slam AD Alexandre Cavaliere W Pts: 6x2 Featherweight
2017 Grand Slam AD Marcio Andre L Pts: 2x0 Featherweight
2017 WP BR Qualifier Igor Souza W Pts: 6x2 Lightweight
2017 WP BR Qualifier Adriano Araujo W Pts: 4x0 Lightweight
2017 WP BR Qualifier Isaque Bahiense L Pts: 4x2 Lightweight
2017 World Champ. Victor Matos W Bow and Arrow Lightweight
2017 World Champ. Marcelo Mafra W Triangle Lightweight
2017 World Champ. Michael Langhi W Pts: 2x0 Lightweight
2017 World Champ. Johnny Loureiro W Pts: 6x2 Lightweight
2017 World Champ. Lucas Lepri L Injury Lightweight
2017 Grand Slam TYO Matias Asencio W Triangle Armbar Lightweight
2017 Grand Slam TYO Kleber Koike W Triangle Lightweight
2017 Grand Slam TYO Tiago Bravo W Pts: 2x0 Lightweight
2018 Quintet FN Daisuke Nakamura W RNC ABS
2018 Quintet FN David Garmo W RNC ABS
2018 Quintet FN Yoshihiko Matsumoto W RNC ABS
2018 Quintet FN Masahiro Iwasaki D --- ABS
2018 King of Mats Tarsis Humphreys W Triangle Middleweight
2018 King of Mats Renato Canuto L Points Middleweight
2018 King of Mats Clark Gracie W Points Middleweight
2018 King of Mats Jaime Canuto L Pts: 6x0 Middleweight
2018 Quintet 3 Gordon Ryan D --- ABS
2019 Grand Slam AD Antonio Silva W Wristlock Lightweight
2019 Grand Slam AD Levi Jones L Pts: 4x0 Lightweight
2019 Grand Slam AD Andre Cantanhede W Pts: 4x2 Lightweight
2019 Grand Slam AD Marcos Costa W Pts: 4x2 Lightweight
2019 King of Mats II Isaque Bahiense L Pts: 0x0, Adv Middleweight
2019 King of Mats II DJ Jackson L Wristlock Middleweight

6. Famous Fight Links

ADW Pro 2012 Final Roberto Satoshi vs Lucas Lepri

Roberto Satoshi VS JT Torres / World Championship 2012

Roberto Satoshi v AJ Agazarm / World Championship 2014

Roberto Satoshi v Tatsuya Kaneko / World Championship 2014

IBJJF Euros 2012 Adult Black Belt: Roberto SATOSHI de Souza vs. Pedro Bessa

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