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A Brazilian native of Japanese descent, Juan Caio Kamezawa, was regarded by the end of 2012 as one of the hottest Jiu Jitsu prospects in the world, since then the Fábio Gurgel and Luciano Nucci (Casquinha) black belt from the Alliance academy has confirmed this status with several podium spots at the sport’s toughest tournaments, including a gold medal at the Brazilian Nationals in 2013.

Juan Caio Kamezawa Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Juan Caio Kamezawa da Silva

Nickname: N/A

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie >Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fábio Gurgel > Juan Caio Kamezawa

Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Ryan Gracie > Luciano Nucci > Juan Caio Kamezawa

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2012 brown)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2013/2014  – closed bracket with team mate)
  • Asian Open Champion (2008 purple)

Favorite Position/Technique: Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/167lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance academy

Juan Caio Kamezawa Biography

Juan Caio Kamezawa was born in Suzano, state of Sao Paulo on the 13th of January 1988. He started dipping his toes in martial arts through Capoeira when he was 8 years old, an activity he did not pursue for long. His interest for Jiu Jitsu arose when he was 16 years old watching Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ fight in Pride FC in Japan.

Juan Caio Kamezawa was in Japan when he started his Jiu Jitsu training,choosing Cristiano Kaminishi to be his first coach. Training for the Purebred team from white to purple belt, he was graded my Mario Reis who was the team supervisor at the time. Due to Juan’s life style, he spent much of his time in between Sao Paulo and Japan, choosing to train at TT with Fernando ‘Terere‘ while in Brazil. When TT closed down Juan Caio (a blue belt at the time) moved to the Alliance team together with his team mate Rubens ‘Cobrinha’.

In Japan he also trained with Mauricio Dai, from the Bon-Sai team, earning his brown belt from Mauricio (brother of Roberto Satoshi). His black belt was awarded by Fábio Gurgel and Luciano ‘Casquinha’ on December 2012.

At his first big competition as a black belt, Juan Caio showed his skill, submitting former Pan American Champion Carlos ‘Portugues’ Vieira and then losing a razor sharp decision to a tough competitor, Zak Maxwel. Kamezawa worked harder and returned to a big competition a few months after this, the Brazilian Nationals, winning the tournament in style and proving his potential at a world class event.

Original photo by BJJ Forum.

Juan Kamezawa Grappling Record

17 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (59%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Choke from back
50
3
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Wristlock
17
1
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Footlock
17
1
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Armbar
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
10 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (30%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Juan Kamezawa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4391Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellLReferee DecisionPan American76KGR22013
4678Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 6x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
4682Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 10x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
5547JT TorresJT TorresLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2014
5871Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 14x0Rio BJJ Pro82KG1/4F2014
6487Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KGR22015
6885Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2015
7089JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2015
8163Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0South American82KGSF2015
9455Michael LieraMichael LieraLAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
4387Carlos PortuguesCarlos PortuguesWChoke from backPan American76KGR12013
4669Clark GracieClark GracieD---Copa Podio76KGGP2013
4674Brandon MaganaWFootlockCopa Podio76KGGP2013
5310Sandro VieiraWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KGSF2014
5537Juan VegaWPts: 5x0World Champ.76KGR12014
5544Sergio de OliveiraWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG1/8F2014
6336Rafael SuzukiWArmbarCircuito Paulista76KGF2015
6877Juliano RochaWPointsBrasileiro76KGR12015
6879UnknownWPointsBrasileiro76KGR22015
6881Jose ThiagoWPts: 10x0Brasileiro76KG1/4F2015
6884Sandro VieiraWPointsBrasileiro76KGSF2015
7086Nathan MendelsohnWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG1/8F2015
8158Caio AlmeidaWPts: 6x0South American82KGR12015
8160Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieWWristlockSouth American82KG1/4F2015
9243Rodrigo SantosWN/ABrasileiro76KG1/8F2016
9244AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 11x2Brasileiro76KG1/4F2016
9249Sandro VieiraWN/ABrasileiro76KGSF2016
9450Pedro FariasWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGR12016

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Juan Kaio Kamezawa vs AJ Agazarm

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