Ivam 'The Gent' Maciel
3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt under Eduardo Brigadeiro
MMA Record 4-0-0 - ZTFN Lightweight Champion
Ivam Maciel is 35, born in Curitiba, Brazil and has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for almost two decades. In BJJ, Ivam’s lineage is through Carlson Gracie > De La Riva > Eduardo Brigadeiro. Ivam has also trained in Muay-Thai and Vale-Tudo at legendary Chute Boxe Academy under Anderson Silva and Rodrigo Vidal.
IVAM'S PROGRESS IN JIU-JITSU
WHITE BELT – Ivam started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in December 2000.
BLUE BELT – In July 2002, at 18 years old, Ivam was promoted to Blue Belt by coach Neylor ‘Sargento’ Almeida (Eduardo Brigadeiro’s Black Belt).
PURPLE BELT – While at Blue Belt, Ivam was training 10+ hours per week and competing at least twice per month. This training regime gave him experience and made me mature enough to start help his Coach to teach beginners classes. In December 2003, at age 19, Ivam was awarded his Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Also at this time he began training Vale-Tudo at Chute Boxe in Cascavel, Brazil, with coach Rodrigo Vidal and Anderson Silva.
BROWN BELT – In December 2005, after two years as a Purple Belt, at age 21 Ivam Maciel became Brown Belt under Coach Eduardo Brigadeiro.
BLACK BELT – In May 2008, at age 24, after almost three years as Brown Belt, Ivam finally reached his Black Belt in BJJ, under the same school where he originally started BJJ: Brigadeiro Jiu-Jitsu.
BLACK BELT 1st DEGREE – In August 2011, at age 27, Ivam Maciel became Black Belt First Degree. He received his new rank from his Coach Eduardo Brigadeiro and Brigadeiro's coach, the legendary Ricardo De La Riva at De La Riva’s Dojo in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
BLACK BELT 2nd DEGREE – In September 2014, at age 30, Ivam became Black Belt 2nd Degree. Again, rank awarded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from his Coach Eduardo Brigadeiro himself.
BLACK BELT 3rd DEGREE – In October 2017, at age 33, Ivam got his 3rd Degree on his Black Belt awarded by his Coach Eduardo Brigadeiro in Brighton, England during Brigadeiro's Seminar Tour on Friday 13th October 2017.