Shihan Fabiano Costa was born in 1975 in Maceio, Brazil. Shihan began to practice martial arts very early in life. His first teacher was his uncle Carlos Costa—a black belt in Kyokushin Karate. At the age of 9, Shihan began Judo training, and a few years later he began Kung Fu. As a teenager, Shihan had the opportunity to train with Eduardo Canuto—the World Champion of Full Contact at the time. At age 20, he trained in Jiu Jitsu with Diojone Farias—the Pan-American champion. Though he practiced and was exposed to several different martial art styles, Shihan returned to Kyokushin Karate.
Early on in his training, Shihan participated in many local and national tournaments—his most notable attainment was achieving 1st place in the Northeast Open Kyokushin Karate tournament held in Alagoas.
In 2001, he moved to San Diego where he met Sensei Adam Seydin from the Kyokushin Karate IKU association. In 2009, after many years of preparation and training, Shihan received his 2nd dan black belt from Kaicho David Farzinzad, founder of the IKU organization and the youngest student of Sensei Sosai Oyama to receive 5th dan and the title of Kyoshi (title given only to 7th dan black belt master).
In early 2010, Shihan achieved 2nd place in the open challenge tournament of Kyokushin Karate in Beaverton, Oregon.
Today, Shihan Fabiano Costa has a 5th dan black belt from IKA organization and is a personal trainer of martial arts at his Escondido, CA dojo (Click here for direction). Here adults and children alike come to learn and enjoy the art of Kyokushin Karate!