When it comes to jiu-jitsu competition, one can say that Osvaldo “Queixinho” Augusto Moizinho and Samir Chantre are the Batman and Robin of the scene. The only thing is that it’s hard to say which one is Batman and which one is Robin. Regardless of this labeling, both train together on the same team and have been competing together for many years – giving each other the support needed to succeed.
Both these athletes boast very impressive and prestigious title resumes. “Queixinho,” meaning “little chin” in Portuguese, is a consecutive 3-time World No Gi champion, winning titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition to this, he is also the current World Masters champion and has beaten some of the best names in the sport.
Samir Chantre has no particular nickname, he is simply known by his actual name even though it’s very common for Brazilians to tag on some sort of descriptive nickname. Samir is also a 3-time world champion, but not consecutively. His titles are from 2010, 2014 and 2016. He is also a 2-time Pan American No-Gi champion. Both Queixinho and Samir have plenty of other titles, but these are their greatest achievements.
Both their careers started around the same time. Queixinho started at the age of 8 with judo in Rio de Janeiro and tried various other martial arts. But it was only at the age of 16 that he was introduced to jiu-jitsu and decided to pursue it as his main martial art. He joined the team, Brazil 021, (‘021’ being the area code for Rio de Janeiro) under Andre Terencio who took Queixinho all the way up to brown belt. After Terencio’s move to Chicago, Quiexinho continued with the Soul Fighters team, still in Rio. Quiexinho eventually got his black belt from the Soul Fighters founders in 2011 and went to compete in the United States where he was invited by Caio Terra and Samir Chantre to join their team. Queixinho accepted and got on the first airplane. During these years he competed aggressively and won his best titles. But in 2015 he respectfully left the Caio Terra Association and became the head jiu-jitsu instructor at the Gracie Fighter Gym.
Samir Chantre’s story varies a litte from his friend’s. Samir is slightly younger yet he started competing one year earlier than Queixinho. He was also born in Rio de Janeiro and was first exposed to jiu-jitsu at the age of 9 at the grading of his brother. After this he joined the Fabricio Martins academy in Copacabana and then joined Sergio Bolao’s gym, a student of Carlson Gracie. Eventually Samir took a year off to attempt a career in soccer to only return to jiu-jitsu after he decided he wouldn’t go through with it. He then joined another gym, Alan Moraes’, and trained there until brown belt. Eventually he came to the United States on suggestion from his friend, Caio Terra, and also opened his own gym in 2010 after receiving his black belt in 2009 from Alan Moraes. Nowadays Chantre has his own team with Quiexinho and Milton Bastos called Ares Jiu-Jitsu.