Felipe Costa

Felipe Costa is a former professional jiu-jitsu competitor, and one of his generation’s main figures in the rooster weight division, who conquered world titles in all three (3) major federations in the sport (IBJJF, UAEJJF, and CBJJO). Costa was most recognized for reaching the pinnacle of the sport as a black belt without having had much success at the highest level during his past colored belt career. This success he achieved in the pro-circuit was maintained throughout his career and spanned for 15 years in which Costa consistently maintained a top 3 rank in the division. (description from BJJ Heroes website)

Name: Felipe

Last Name: Costa

Birth Date: September 17th,1978

Birth Place: Rio de Janeiro

Weight: Rooster

Height: 5′ 7 / 1,66

Belt: Black


Training Since: 1990

Felipe Costa
All natural steroid free BJJ

Major titles as a BLACK BELT:

3 x World Champion (2003 – CBJJ Adult, 2006 – CBJJO Adult, 2018 - Abu Dhabi World Pro @ Master )

4 x  International Masters Championship (2010 – 2011 – 2013 - 2016)  Consider to be the World Master for many years

2 x European Champion – Adult division(2008) and MASTER Division (2015)

Pan Ams Champion - Master Division (2015)

2 x Brazilian National Champion – Adult division (2007) and MASTER division (2019)


Rio de Janeiro State Champion – Adult division (2010 – primeira Etapa)

Rio Open Champion – Adult division (2013)

Brazilian Cup Champion – Adult division (2009)

8 x Brazilian National Silver Medalist – Adult division (2004, 2008, 2010,2011,2012, 2013) Master Division (2014, 2015)

4 x Pan-American Silver Medalist – Adult division (2009, 2010,2011) Master Division (2014)

European Silver Medalist – Master division (2011)

Brazilian Cup Silver Medalist – Adult division (2004)

International Master Championship Silver Medalist (2009 - Adult, 2018 - Master)

Rio Open Silver Medalist (2011- Adult, 2018 - Master)

Brazilian National NO GI Silver Medalist  (2011- Adult, 2016-Master)

8 x World Bronze Medalist (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)

2 x Brazilian National Bronze Medalist – Adult division (2005, 2009)

2 x International Master Championship Bronze Medalist (2008, 2012)

1 x Pan American Bronze Medalist (2013) 

Felipe Costa short  Biography 

Felipe Costa was born on September 17, 1978, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Interested in martial arts for self-defense as a child, Felipe joined a jiu-jitsu club in 1991, an academy he represented from white to black belt, albeit, being coached by several different instructors over the years, at this same location. During his progression in the sport, Costa had Rodrigo Comprido as one of his mentors and it was Mr. “Comprido” who promoted Felipe to black belt in 2002.

Felipe’s competitive success, after earning his black belt, came as a surprise to many grappling outlets, particularly once Costa conquered his first world title in 2003. This due to Felipe’s past performances, having never won a gold medal of a major competition prior to receiving his black belt.

Felipe had competed before in the lower belt divisions but had never won a major tournament (Mundials, Pan American, Europeans, etc).

​Another important landmark in Felipe’s popularity in the sport was the athlete’s first documentary. There he told the story of his steps into becoming World Championship, his underdog story got him many followers and people who admire his unusual steps to reach number one. In 2010 Felipe launched a series of online episodes called “Felipe 30+” in which he gave fans another eye on his path to the World Championships (the Mundial) after a serious injury. The episodes showed a bit of how Felipe programmed his recovery while showing a little of his private life – all these episodes were (and are still) available on YouTube.

Felipe Costa is also an active writer and posts many of his perspectives and experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on his social media. In 2020 Felipe announced his retirement and his last tournament and gold medal was in 2019 when became Brazilian National champion for the second time.

(description from BJJ Heroes website)