Meet the Team
Douglas Santos | BLACK BELT - 3RD°
Douglas Santos is an IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) 3rd Degree Black Belt,
a pioneer of BJJ in New Zealand, and a proud member of the Ribeiro Team.
Douglas has a lifetime of training in BJJ. He started at 15 years’ old in his hometown of
Florianopolis, in Brazil.
When he arrived in Auckland in the year 2000, there were no BJJ schools in the country.
Douglas was the first Brazilian born Black Belt to bring the sport into New Zealand and had a
lead role in popularizing it.
Throughout the years he was able to grow his academy successfully, and the DS TEAM /
RIBEIRO JIU JITSU NZ academy is now one of the strongest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teams in New
Zealand. The Academy holds 11 x National team titles, 1 x Auckland team title and many
others in MMA and submission competitions
In the eve of the Masters World Championship held in July 2016 in Las Vegas, Douglas
trained personally with the two BJJ living legends Saulo Ribeiro and his brother Xande. A few
months after that Douglas won 2 gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championship.
On the Masters 2016 Vegas, Douglas did his camp at University of Jiu Jitsu with Saulo and
Xande among many world Champions. Douglas has known the Ribeiro brothers for many
years and officially became RJJNZ in 2015.
In 2016 some of the sport’s biggest stars traveled the world to train with Douglas, and to
share some of their awesome knowledge and experience with his students. Clark Gracie,
Xande Ribeiro, Marcus Almeida (Buchecha) and Rafael Lovato offered amazing seminars for
This makes DS TEAM / RIBEIRO JIU JITSU NZ the only BJJ Academy in the world that has been
visited by 4 BJJ super stars in the same year.
The Academy number 1 goal is to make Champions in Life.
Only about 10% of the students decide to take part in BJJ sport competitions. Those who
compete are extremely committed and there are many examples in the academy of
national, international and word champions.
This is a summary of Douglas’ achievements in the sport: