Perth’s Rodrigo Costa claims silver at World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championships

 Rodrigo Costa after winning his silver medal, with his training partners.
Rodrigo Costa after winning his silver medal, with his training partners.

PERTH man Rodrigo Costa recently became the most successful Australian fighter in the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

On the weekend of June 3-5, Mr Costa fought at the World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship in Long Beach, California, winning a silver medal in the light featherweight brown belt division.

It is the best result ever achieved by an Australian in the martial art.

Costa trains at the Mach 1 Gym in Osborne Park, an affiliate of Nova União, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy based in Rio de Janeiro.

The 27-year-old returned from the US on Thursday night after a gruelling tournament and a long flight home.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that is particularly well known for equipping people with smaller builds with skills for self defence against larger opponents.