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Tainan Dalpra - The Unbeatable Young BJJ Hero

Tainan Dalpra - The Unbeatable Young BJJ Hero

1. Tainan Dalpra Details

Tainan Dalpra Details
Name Tainan Dalpra Costa
Nickname N/A
Date of Birth 6 November 2000
Nationality Brazilian
Born Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Age 22 years
College/University N/A
Profession Martial Artist
Last Fight 28-10-2022
Last Weigh in 190.2 lbs (86 kg)
Weight Class Division Middleweight (82.3 kgs to -181 lbs)
Height 5’10’’
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fought Out of Brazil
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Well Rounded
Belt Rank Black Belt
Awarded by Guilherme Mendes
Head Coach Guilherme Mendes
Lineage Carlos Gracie -> Carlson Gracie -> André Pederneiras -> Ramon Lemos -> Guilherme Mendes -> Tainan Dalpra
Team/Association AOJ (Art of Jiu Jitsu)

2. Tainan Dalpra Biography

2.1. Early Life

Deivid Soares, a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Champion, was blessed with the future BJJ champion Tainan Dalpra on 6 November 2000 in Florianopolis, Brazil.

2.2. Interest In Jiu-Jitsu

Tainan played a variety of sports growing up, including Soccer and Boxing, but he fell in love with Jiu-Jitsu. He grew up seeing a BJJ champ, his father Deivid Soares, that developed his love for Jiu-Jitsu in his childhood.

2.3. Dalpra Started Jiu-Jitsu

Dalpra's first instructor was his father, who started teaching him the true science of Jiu-Jitsu techniques at the age of 5. Then he joined Everson Avila’s Academy where he trained for 3 years with his father. After 3 years of training, Dalpra decided to join AS academy to level up his skills.

He started to participate in local tournaments. The victory from the local grounds urged him to compete at the higher levels. However, Tainan Dalpra participated in IBJJF Pan Kids Championship at the age of 13 and won the Gold Medal.

2.4. Met With Rafael and Guilherme Mendes

On the podium of the IBJJF Pan Kids Championship 2014, Dalpra had the opportunity to meet with the BJJ icons, Guilherme Mandes and Rafael. Both of them are not only the best coaches in the BJJ world but also run AOJ (Arts Of Jiu-Jitsu) which is one of the best kid's Jiu-Jitsu academies.

2.5. Joined AOJ (Arts of Jiu-Jitsu)

Tainan already had goals of becoming a global champion through training. After discussing his ambitions with the Mendes brothers, he enrolled in the AOJ youth scholarship program and relocated to Costa Mesa, California to pursue his aim of ranking among the world's elite grapplers.

2.6. Won Each Competition of Juvenile Division

The decision to join AOJ became fruition in 2016, and 2017. In 2016 and 2017, Tainan won every competition he entered in the juvenile division, including Pan American and World Championship, and began to draw attention to himself as an upcoming fighter.

2.7. Promoted to Purple Belt

In 2018, he won double gold in every single competition in the adult division and was promoted to the Purple Belt at the podium of the World Championship. After reaching the level of the purple belt, he never stopped because he knew it was only a small step toward his goal of becoming a multiple-time World Champion.

2.8. Promoted to Black Belt

In 2020, after two years of stringent practice and hard training, his coach Guilherme Mendes awarded him the Black Belt on the podium of the Pan Championship. This was the second time when Dalpra awarded someone a Black Belt tBJJ belt at the podium. Tainan Dalpra celebrated this huge success by talking about his hard work in an interview.

“I was happy with my performance at the Pan, as I've always worked hard to get results. That was another one of my goals, to have a good performance at Pan, a championship I've been winning since 2016. This year I had three fights and managed to submit all three. In the final, I faced a well-known athlete (Rafael Torres, from Alliance), who's already been at the brown belt for a long time, but I managed to impose the strategy I had drawn up with my team and fit the submission”
(Tainan Dalpra)

Tainan explained that it was a very emotional moment to receive the black belt from my mentor at the podium,

“It was great happiness for me, receiving the black belt from the hands of my idol (Gui Mendes) and also being on the side of the team, which is so important to me. I really wanted to have received my graduation with the presence of my father, who was always my biggest supporter, but I am very happy for this phase and I know that we will have many moments of joy together. Really, I'm quite young, but I'm happy to have reached the highest level at 19 years old. It's strange to still know that I'm young and have many challenges ahead of me. I try not to think about it and I keep working hard, regardless of age”
(Tainan Dalpra)

2.9. Ranked in P4P

Tainan ranked # 1 in the P4P ranking due to his outstanding performance.

2.10. Pound-for-Pound Ranking

Tainan Dalpra is now ranked as one of the best Pound-for-Pound Black Belt in the middleweight division.

2.11. Impeccable Record of Tainan Dalpra

Tainan Dalpra is among the rising talent of Jiu-Jitsu who almost remained undefeated on the mat. He always presented a thrilling show that is worth watching. His elite submission techniques always made him a well-rounded fighter who goes on the ground to win. Tainan won 67 Championships in his grappling career with only one loss. This impeccable record of Tainan Dalpra will surely lead him to the highest level in the grappling world of BJJ.

3. Tainan Dalpra Historic Fights

3.1. Tainan Dalpra Vs. Rodrigo Lopes

In the Grand Prix Championship American Double five’s BJJ national Silver Medalist Rodrigo faced the 2x World Champion Tainan.

This was the medium heavyweight debut of Tainan. Rodrigo competed against the world's best medium heavyweight. Dalpra dominated from the start and applied his elite grappling techniques with strong submission attacks.

Dalpra finished this amazing match with a strong armbar submission and Rodrigo tapped out. In the end, Rodrigo appreciates his opponent for presenting such competitive BJJ skills.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Round Weight Class
2022 Grand Prix Championship Rodrigo Lopes Win Submission by Armbar 1 Medium heavyweight

3.2. Tainan Dalpra Vs. Eduardo Avelar

In the quarter-final of the 2022 IBJJF Pan Championship, Tainan Dalpra faced Eduardo Avelar.

Tainan Dalpra, being a proficient competitor of Jiu-Jitsu, initiated the guard in the first second of the match. He attempted to choke from the back and maintained a strong grip on his opponent.

After 2 and half minutes, Tainan succeeded in submitting his opponent with a strong Collar Choke from the Back.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Round Weight Class
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship Eduardo Avelar Win Submission (Collar Choke from Back) 1 Medium heavyweight

4. Main Achievements

Year Event Medal
2016 IBJJF Juvenile Pan Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2016 IBJJF Juvenile World No-Gi Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2016 IBJJF Juvenile World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2017 IBJJF Juvenile World Championship Silver Silver Medal Icon
2017 IBJJF Juvenile World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2017 IBJJF Juvenile Pan Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 IBJJF World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 IBJJF Pan Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Abu Dhabi Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2019 IBJJF World Championship Silver Silver Medal Icon
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2019 Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2019 IBJJF European Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2020 IBJJF European Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Miami Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2021 IBJJF World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2021 IBJJF Pan Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2021 AJP Grand Slam Miami Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2022 IBJJF World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2022 IBJJF European Open Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon

5. Main Achievements (Belts)

5.1. Tainan Dalpra Colored Belts Achievements

Year Event Belt Medal
2016 IBJJF Juvenile Pan Championship Juvenile Blue Gold Gold Medal Icon
2016 IBJJF Juvenile World NoGi Championship Juvenile Blue Gold Gold Medal Icon
2016 IBJJF Juvenile World Champion Juvenile Blue Gold Gold Medal Icon
2017 IBJJF Juvenile World Championship Juvenile Blue Silver Silver Medal Icon
2017 IBJJF Juvenile Pan Championship Juvenile Blue Gold Gold Medal Icon
2017 IBJJF Juvenile World Championship Juvenile Blue Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 IBJJF World Championship Juvenile Blue Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 IBJJF Pan Championship Juvenile Blue Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Abu Dhabi winner Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles winner Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon
2019 Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon
2019 IBJJF World Championship Purple Silver Silver Medal Icon
2019 IBJJF European Championship Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon
2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Miami winner Brown Gold Gold Medal Icon
2020 IBJJF European Championship Brown Gold Gold Medal Icon

5.2 Tainan Dalpra Black Belts Achievements

Year Event Belt Medal
2021 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt Gold Gold Medal Icon
2021 IBJJF Pan Championship Black Belt Gold Gold Medal Icon
2021 AJP Grand Slam Miami winner Black Belt Gold Gold Medal Icon
2022 IBJJF European Open Championship Black Belt Gold Gold Medal Icon
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship Black Belt Gold Gold Medal Icon
2022 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt Gold Gold Medal Icon

6. Medals and Position

Year Event Position
2016 IBJJF Juvenile Pan Championship 1st
2016 IBJJF Juvenile World NoGi Championship 1st
2016 IBJJF Juvenile World Champion 1st
2017 IBJJF Juvenile World Championship 2nd
2017 IBJJF Juvenile Pan Championship 1st
2017 IBJJF Juvenile World Championship 1st
2018 IBJJF World Championship 1st
2018 IBJJF Pan Championship 1st
2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Abu Dhabi winner 1st
2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles winner 1st
2019 Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship 1st
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship 1st
2019 IBJJF World Championship 2nd
2019 IBJJF European Championship 1st
2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Miami winner 1st
2020 IBJJF European Championship 1st
2021 IBJJF World Championship 1st
2021 IBJJF Pan Championship 1st
2021 AJP Grand Slam Miami winner 1st
2022 IBJJF European Open Championship 1st
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship 1st
2022 IBJJF World Championship 1st

7. Professional Record Breakdown

68 Matches 67 Wins 1 Loss
By Submission 43 0
By Points 20 1
By Advantage 1 0
Other 2 0
By Injury 1 0

8. Tainan Dalpra Submission Breakdown

Submission Techniques 43 Wins 1 Loss
Cross Choke 1 0
Armbar 8 0
Knee Bar 1 0
Triangle Choke 1 0
Ezekiel 1 0
Inverted Triangle 1 0
Choke from Mount 1 0
By Decision 0 1
Cachecol Choke 1 0
Triangle Armbar 1 0
Triangle 5 0
Toehold 3 0
Choke from Back 13 0
Choke 5 0
Kimura 1 0

9. Tainan Dalpra Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class
2022 IBJJF FloGrappling Grand Prix R. Lopes W Armbar N/A
2022 IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu CON International R. Mutalib W Triangle Arm Bar Middleweight
2022 IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu CON International E. Avelar W Toehold Middleweight
2022 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship R. Junior W Points Middleweight
2022 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship A. Murasaki W Cachecol Choke Middleweight
2022 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship P. Maia W Points Middleweight
2022 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship C. Caetano W Choke From the Back Middleweight
2022 Pan IBJJF Jiu Jitsu Championship E. Avelar W Choke From the Back Middleweight
2022 Pan IBJJF Jiu Jitsu Championship R. Junior W Points Middleweight
2022 Pan IBJJF Jiu Jitsu Championship R. Jimenez W Triangle Middleweight
2022 Pan IBJJF Jiu Jitsu Championship J. Guaresi W Points Middleweight
2022 Pan Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship R. Jimenez W Triangle Middleweight
2022 Pan Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship R. Junior W Points Middleweight
2022 Pan Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship J. Guaresi W Points Middleweight
2022 Pan Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship E. Avelar W Choke From the Back Middleweight
2022 European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship J. Johanes W Choke from Mount Middleweight
2022 European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship T. Hopstock W Choke Middleweight
2022 European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship P. Dias W Armbar Middleweight
2022 European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship T. Langaker W Armbar Middleweight
2021 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship J. Guaresi W Toehold Middleweight
2021 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship R. Junior W Points Middleweight
2021 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship T. Langaker W Choke From the Back Middleweight
2021 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship I. Bahiense W Points Middleweight
2021 IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Grand Prix R. Canuto W Points Middleweight
2021 IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Grand Prix J. Gracie W Choke From the Back Middleweight
2021 BJJ Stars 7 L. Nascimento W Toehold N/A
2021 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Y. Souza W Points Middleweight
2021 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship I. Moura W Points Middleweight
2021 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship R. Junior W Injury Middleweight
2021 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship A. “Robinho” W Kimura Middleweight
2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Miami R. Barbosa W Points -77kgs
2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Miami F. Barbarotti W Other -77kgs
2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Miami C. Caetano W Armbar -77kgs
2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Miami J. Alves W Points -77kgs
2021 Austin International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championships R. Kama W Choke From the Back Medium Heavyweight
2021 Austin International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championships N. Mendelsohn W Advantage Heavyweight
2021 Austin International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championships A. Bradley W Points Heavyweight
2021 Austin International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championships N. Santos W Other Medium Heavyweight
2021 BJJ Stars VI A. Miranda W Choke N/A
2021 EUG Promotions Event #2 M. Galvao L Points N/A
2021 EUG Promotions Event #2 C. Paredes W Reverse Triangle N/A
2021 IBJJF Miami Open L. Valle W Choke From the Back Middleweight
2021 IBJJF Miami Open G. Moramarco W Choke From the Back Middleweight
2021 IBJJF Miami Open L. Valle W Choke From the Back Middleweight
2021 IBJJF Miami Open G. Moramarco W Choke From the Back Middleweight
2021 IBJJF Houston Open B. Matias W Ezekiel Absolute Division
2021 IBJJF Houston Open E. Avelar W Armbar Middleweight
2021 IBJJF Houston Open J. Guerra W Choke From the Back Absolute Division
2021 IBJJF Houston Open J. Watson W Points Absolute Division
2021 IBJJF Houston Open A. Melo W Other Middleweight
2021 IBJJF Orlando Open C. Caetano W Choke From the Back Middleweight
2021 IBJJF Orlando Open J. Guaresi W Points Middleweight
2021 IBJJF Orlando Open A. Lane W Armbar Middleweight
2020 Fight to Win 152 K. Banks W Choke 195 lbs
2020 Fight to Win 147 E. Johnson W Armbar 185 lbs
2020 Artista Invitational 2 L. Protasio W Choke N/A
2020 Artista Invitational 2 J. Watson W Points N/A
2020 Artista Invitational 2 P. Palhares W Points N/A
2020 Who's #1 Championship M.Khatchikian W Choke N/A
2015 Berkut 2 Championship T. Bataev W Other N/A
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship C. Mayfield W Other Middleweight
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship M. Luna W Armbar Absolute Division
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship E. Ingram W Triangle Choke Middleweight
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship R.Vasconcelos W Points Absolute Division
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship M. Jr. W Points Middleweight
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship G. Freitas W Knee Bar Middleweight
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship R. Martins W Cross Choke Middleweight
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship C. Caetano W Choke From the Back Middleweight

10. Top Fights of Tainan Dalpra

Tainan Dalpra v Eduardo Avelar / Houston Open 2021

Tainan Dalpra VS Michael Liera Jr. / Dallas Open 2021

Tainan Dalpra v Andy Murasaki / World Championship 2022

Tainan Dalpra v Jonnatas Gracie / Middle Weight GP 2021

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