Trains At: Southside BJJ (Gold Coast)
Black Belt under Vicente 'VC' Cavalcanti Head Coach of Southside BJJ Gold Coast
How it all started..
I walked into my first BJJ class by accident! As I signed with a gym, in Rio de Janeiro, to start my weight lifting program for being overweight at the age of 15, got completely lost and ended up on the third floor, where they had a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy. Completely clueless where the exit was, I was approached by the World Champion and Alliance Founder Alexandre ``Gigi`` Paiva, who suggested me to join a trial class. After a few seconds of sheer peer pressure I was convinced to join the class, thus beginning my love for the Art. Alexandre took me under his wing and pushed me to compete after one month of training. I`ve trained and competed through Alliance until purple belt (2017), when I moved to Australia.
Before moving here I already knew where, to train, Southside had made its name overseas and Vicente opened his doors to me and showed me a different perspective on how to look at Jiu Jitsu. In 2019 I started coaching at Southside being graded Black Belt on the following year, at 25 years old.
Here are some of Diego's amazing achievements
2021 Abu Dhabi Continetal Pro - 2nd Place - Black Belt 88Kg.
2021 Queensland States - 2nd Place - Black Belt 88Kg.
2021 South East QLD - 1st Place - Black Belt 88KG and Open Weight.
2020 Abu Dhabi Continetal Pro - 1st Place - Brown Belt 88Kg.
2019 IBJJF Pan Pacifics - 1st Place - Brown Belt 88Kg.
2019 New Zealand Nationals - 1st Place - Brown Belt 88Kg.
2019 AFBJJ Australian Nationals - 2nd Place - Brown Belt 88Kg and 2nd Place on the Open weight.
2019 Queensland States - 1st Place - Brown Belt 88Kg and 1st Place on the Open Weight.
2011 IBJJF South American - 1st place - Blue belt 82KG and 3rd in the Open Weight.