Givanildo Santana do Nascimento (born November 20th, 1971) is a retired Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, who last fought in Bellator's Middleweight division. He has also competed in ShoXC, M-1 Challenge.
Santana has been training Brazilian jiu-jitsu for 18-years and is a fourth degree black belt under Lotus Club from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Santana is a Pan American Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Champion.
He received the nickname "Arm Collector" because 13 out of his 17 wins are by armbar (10 of them wins in a row). He has participated in ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series. His only 2 losses are by decision to Jaime Jara and Bruno Santos.
James began his martial arts journey in 1987 at the age of 10, studying a form of American Karate called Aam-Ka-Jutsu. The focus of Aam-Ka-Jutsu was to use the most effective techniques from all of the various martial arts. James trained with the ACK “Aamerican Colleges of Karate” in Kent, Washington for nearly 10 years. During this time James achieved the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt in Aam-Ka-Jutsu.
In 1996 James had his first experience training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) at Mohler Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts in Irvine, Texas. It was at this time that he met his life long friend and mentor Allen Mohler, and decided to shift his focus to training BJJ upon his return to Washington State. At the time the seeds of BJJ were just being planted in the Seattle area. Steady instruction was hard to find for more then 1-2 years at a time. Fortunately, this turned into a blessing in disguise for James, who gained the opportunity to train and hold rank under several world class instructors from many different BJJ affiliations including Allen Mohler (Alliance Jiu-Jitsu), Marcelo Alonso (Carlson Gracie Team), Marcio “Mamazinho” Laudier (Gracie Barra), Giva Santana (Lotus Club Jiu-Jitsu), and Juliano Prado (No Limits MMA).
In 2003 James became an affiliate of Lotus Club Jiu-Jitsu and began his career as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor at the rank of Purple Belt. At a seminar in March of 2004 James was promoted to the rank of Brown Belt under Lotus Club Jiu-Jitsu. In October of 2005 James achieved the rank of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is the proud owner and head instructor of Foster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Kent, Washington and currently holds the rank of IBJJF & USBJJF certified 3rd Degree Black Belt under Giva Santana and One Jiu-Jitsu.
While James' main focus has always been his academy, students, and giving back to the community, he is a Black Belt World Champion and has remained an active competitor over the years making the following accomplishments:
Competition Record (Medals and Trophies)
1997 Sport Jiu-Jitsu Tournament (Seattle, WA): Bronze Medalist
1997 Sport Jiu-Jitsu Tournament (Seattle, WA): Gold Medalist
1997 Washington State Grappling Games: Silver Medalist
1998 1st Marcelo Alonso Invitational Tournament: Silver Medalist
1999 Rumble in the Valley No Gi Super Fight: Champion
1999 Jiu-Jitsu Challenge Tournament: Silver Medalist
2004 No Limits Submission Tournament No Gi Super Fight: Champion
2006 Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships: Black Belt Bronze Medalist
2007 Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships: Black Belt Bronze Medalist
2009 The Revolution Tournament: Black Belt Gold Medalist
2010 US Open Tournament: Black Belt Bronze Medalist
2013 Master & Senior World Championship: Black Belt Silver Medalist
2014 Five Grappling: Black Belt Master Heavyweight Champion
2014 Five Grappling: Black Belt Master Absolute Champion
2014 Five Grappling: Expert Master Heavyweight No Gi Champion
2014 IBJJF Seattle International Open: Black Belt Master 2 Gold Medalist
2014 IBJJF Seattle International Open: Black Belt Master 2 Absolute Gold Medalist
2015 IBJJF Worlds Master Championship: Black Belt Master 2 Gold Medalist