Sensei Paulo Gazze Jr.


One of the most prestigious figures in the Cia Paulista academy, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Paulo Gazze Junior holds an extensive list of achievements in BJJ having defeated fighters such as Dean Lister (2x ADCC Champion), BJ Penn (World BJJ Champion/ UFC Champion), Fabio Leopoldo (World BJJ Champion) and in MMA where Gazze Junior has won against significant athletes such as Chris Leben (UFC fighter) and Dwayne Ortiz (Former Olympian for USA’ Wrestling team).

Paulo Gazze in Detail

Full Name:
Paulo Sergio Gazze Junior

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Milton Maximiliano Trombini > Paulo Gazze Jr

Main Achievements:

US Open Champion (2004 black)
Best of the West Champion (2005 & 2007 black)
West Cast Submission Wrestling Champion (2004)
5x Sao Paulo State Champion (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
3x California State Champion (2000 brown weight & absolute, 2001)
Pan American Silver Medallist (2008 black master)
World Nogi Bronze Medallist (2008 black master)
2x Pan American Bronze Medallist (1998 purple absolute, 2000 brown)

Favourite Position/Technique: Knee Bar

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg/194lbs)

Team/Association: Cia Paulista

Paulo Gazze Junior

Paulo Sergio Gazze Junior was born on the 12th of July, 1976 in São Paulo, Brazil. He entered the world of martial arts, like many others before him, through Judo starting when he was 4 years old at the AABB, a sports club restricted to workers of the Banco do Brasil, one of the oldest banking institutions in Latin America where his family worked. Gazze Junior also picked up some Muay Thai training at the age of 14, before drastic circumstances made him change his focus to Jiu Jitsu.

When Paulo Gazze Junior was 16 years old he had a big fight with a one of his sister’s classmates, the boy (who was a Jiu Jitsu blue belt at the time) broke both of Paulo’s arms and left Gazze just as impressed as he was injured. As soon as he recovered, Paulo decided to learn BJJ, he found out where the boy that injured him trained and joined that same class. The Jiu Jitsu academy of choice was an affiliate of Cia Paulista led by Fernando Lopes, AKA “Fepa”.

“Fepa” awarded Gazze’ blue belt, but as time went by, his coach noticed the youngster’s potential and told him he should consider training with the competition team under Max Trombini’s guidance, an advice duly accepted by Junior. In a short amount of time, Gazze became one of Trombini’s best students competing everywhere, including regular trips abroad to fight in the international circuits. The time spent abroad led Gazze Jr to think about establishing himself in California, which he did, moving to Huntington Beach on September 1998.

Paulo Gazze Jr. Competed extensively in Jiu Jitsu beating some of the biggest names in the sport, including a submission victory (by choke) against the legendary BJ Penn while adding many other victorious matches to his cartel, always followed by the close eye of his instructor Maximiliano Trombini. On June 16th he was awarded the long awaited black belt by his master, becoming the first man to be graded as a black belt by Max Trombini, the ceremony took place at Joe Moreira’ school in the US.

MMA has also been a part of Paulo Gazze Jr. life, he competed (and defeated) big names in the sport, including UFC’s Christ Leben and killing the progress of former Olympian and MMA hopeful Dwayne Ortiz. He has also participated in several fight training camps with pros such as Mauricio Shogun (for his fight against Kevin Randleman), Tito Ortiz (for Ken Shamrock twice), Rico Rodriguez, Michael Bisping, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Cheick Kongo, Josh Barnett, Evan Tanner (R.I.P.), Brad Blackburn, Benji Radach, and many others.

TITLES

2008
2nd Silver Medalist Panamerican jiujitsu championship Blackbelt- light heavy Carson, CA

2007
1st Champion Best of the West 185- Long Beach,CA
1st Champion Corona Challenge Super Fight 185 -Corona ,CA 

2006
1st Champion Panamerican Blackbelt -Long Beach,CA
MMA record for coaching 15x1x0  mma fighters,Antony Mcdavitt,Rj,Erin toughil,C.bevans,,Evan Tanner

2005
1st Champion Best of the West BlackBelt "fastest submisson on the mat 15 sec",Los Angeles, CA
2nd Silver Medalist US OPEN blackbelt-Santa Cruz, CA
1st Champion PAN AN NOGI advanced-LA
1st Champion No Limits tournament.-Irvine,CA

2004
1st Champion US OPEN BLACKBELT.-Santa Cruz,CA
1st BEST Coach USA
1st Champion North American Jiujitsu and submission grappling
1st Champion WEST COAST submisson wrestling championship
WORLD jiujitsu championship semifinalist  Rio de Janeiro-Brasil
1st Champion 2nd Annual Joe Moreira Jiujitsu and Submission Championship
1st Champion No limits tournament.-Irvine,CA

2003
1st Champion Extreme Cage Champion MMA-.San Pedro,CA
1st Champion  HIT MAN 2  MMA defeated Chris Leben.-Santa Ana ,CA
1st Champion Cage Combat championship MMA ,-Los Angeles,CA

2002
1st Champion California State jiujitsu Championship .Newport Beach,CA
1st Champion Xtreme Fighting MMA-.Studio City ,CA

2001
1st Champion National jiujitsu Championship
1st Champion American Machado Jiujitsu Championship
1st Champion California State Jiujitsu Championship

2000
1st California State Championship -Browbelt (light heavy)Irvine.CA
1st California State Championship -Browbelt(open division)defeated DEAN LISTER. Irvine CA
2nd Pan American jiujitsu Championship-Browbelt (light heavy)  Florida USA

1999
1st Champion Sao Paulo State Championship Browbelt  -light heavy
1st Champion Sao Paulo State Championship Browbelt  -open division
1st Champion World jiujitsu championship
1st Champion Sao Paulo State Championship Browbelt  open division
1st Champion International ( L.A) purple -light heavy 
2nd  International (L.A) purple - open division
3rd California State championship  -purple -light heavy-.Newport Beach,CA

1998
1st Champion Sao Paulo Open (Brasil) -purple- light heavy
1st Champion Sao Paulo Open (Brasil)-purple-open division 
1st Champion da Taca Sao Paulo RED NOSE  -purple-light heavy
1st Champion da Taca Braganca Paulista -purple-Absolut
1st Champion  State of Sao Paulo -purple-light heavy
1st Champion State of Sao Paulo for TEAM equipes-purple-light heavy
1st Champion Copa Guarulhos -purple-light heavy
2nd  Copa Jaguariuna  -purple-light heavy Brasil
1st Champion Copa Guarulhos-purple-Open Divison
2nd Championship of PEACE -purple-light heavy (Brasil)
2nd US OPEN -purple-light heavy-Santa Cruz,CA
3rd Panamericano-purple-Open Divison -Honolulu,Hawaii
1st Copa RED NOSE-purple-light heavy Sao Paulo,Brasil

1997
1st Champion IV Cia Athletica  -purple-light heavy Sao Paulo/Brasil
Consider Best athlete for 1997 Team Cia Paulista
1st   I Etapa Paulista -bluebelt-light heavy
2nd I Etapa Paulista-bluebelt-open class
1st II Etapa Paulista-bluebelt-light heavy
1st II Etapa Paulista-bluebelt -open divison
1st III Etapa Paulista-bluebelt-light heavy
2nd III Etapa Paulista -bluebelt -ABSOLUTO
IV Mundial -bluebelt-light heavy Rio de Janeiro,Brasil
1st Copa Equilibrio -bluebelt-light Heavy
1st Campeao do Circuito Paulista-bluebelt-light heavy ,Sao Paulo/Brasil

1996
1st Champion II Etapa Paulista -bluebelt-light heavy
1st Champion Cia Paulista-Lotus Club  -bluebelt -light heavy
2nd Champion Cia Paulista-Lotus Club-bluebelt-open division
1st Champion  II Cia Paulista-Lotus Club-bluebelt-light heavy
IV Panamericano with 40 competitors,Loas Angeles,CA
1st Circuito Paulista -bluebelt-light-heavy
Atleta destaque Cia Paulista 1996

1995
3rd  Circuito Paulista-bluebelt-light heavy
3rd III Etapa Paulista-bluebelt-middle
1st III Etapa Lotus-Cia Paulista-Bluebelt-middle
2nd II Etapa Paulista-bluebelt-middle
2nd I Etapa Paulista-bluebelt-middle
2nd I Etapa Lotus-Cia -bluebelt-middle
1st Etapa Paulista-blubelt-open divison

1994
1st Champion I Etapa Campeonato Paulista-white belt-light /Sao Paulo.Brasil
1st Champion I Etapa Interno Cia Athletica -white belt-light weight/Sao Paulo.Brasil
3rd III Etapa Paulista-white belt Light/Sao Paulo.Brasil
3rd Sao Paulo State championship-white belt-lightweight  /Sao Paulo.Brasil