Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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Paulo Miyao is a black belt in Jiu Jitsu under Cicero Costha. Considered a phenomenon of the sport since his teens, Paulo and his twin brother João Miyao (also known as the Miyao Brothers), virtually closed out all major competitions around the world in the lower ranks, having even won medals at the top tournaments in the absolute division, including the world championships in 2013, which is an amazing accomplishment for a fighter of the super feather weight class (64kg/141lbs).

Paulo Miyao Jiu Jitsu

Full name: Paulo Henrique Bordignon Miyao

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Cicero Costha > Paulo Miyao

Main Achievements :

  • World Champion (2015 black, 2013 brown weight and absolute , 2012 & 2011 purple )
  • Pan American Champion (2016/2015/2014 black, 2013 brown, purple 2012)
  • Pan  American No Gi Champion (2015)
  • European Champion (2013 brown)
  • Brazilian Champion (2014 black, 2013 brown weight & absolute, purple 2012 )
  • Brazilian No Gi Champion (2012 brown)
  • Brazilian Champion (2011 weight & absolute purple – CBJJO)
  • World Championship Runner-up (2014 black, 2012 purple absolute)
  • European Open Runner-up (2016)
  • Pan American Championship Runner-up (2013 brown absolute)
  • World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2015)
  • Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2012 purple absolute)
  • European Open Championship 3rd Place (2013 brown absolute)
  • Brazilian No-Gi National Championship 3rd Place (2013 brown absolute)

Position/Technique Favorite: Berimbolo

Weight Division: Pluma (64kg/141lbs)

Academy: PSLPB Cicero Costha

Biography of Paulo Miyao

Paulo Miyao was born on May 11, 1991 in the city Andirá in the state of Paraná – Brazil, along with his twin brother João Miyao. They are 3rd generation Japanese descendants with humble beginnings, being the sons of a farmer and a housewife.

The Miyao’s began their martial arts instruction through Judo, but found Jiu Jitsu at the age of 16 and never looked back. The Miyao bros first teacher was Adriano Carvalho, who early on recognized the talent these two boys possessed and encouraged them to train and fight more regularly. With the Jiu Jitsu “bug” growing and growing, the two brothers decided they wanted to become Jiu Jitsu fighters professionally and so as they soon as they were of age they moved to São Paulo (against the wishes of their parents) to pursue their dream.

In São Paulo the Miyao brothers found a home in Cicero Costha’s social project, the PSLPB or Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (Fighting for Good Social Project), a place that has brought to BJJ great quality fighters such as Leandro Lo or Mauricio Cristo. Living within the academy along with other eager athletes, the brothers began winning many championships focusing many of their techniques on the Mendes brothers (Rafael and Guilherme). Their sharp and bendy guards and the fact the Miyao’s were consistently medalling in the absolute divisions weighing only 64 kilos brought the curiosity of the media to the Paraná duo, and with this curiosity/recognition came the sponsorships needed for siblings to showcase their skills in the top competitions of the world, a test they passed with flying colors.

Although Paulo Miyao has received a brown belt before João, João caught up with his brother and the two ended up getting the desired black belt together on June 2013.

Paulo Miyao Grappling Record

113 WINS
    55 (49%)
    11 (10%)
    42 (37%)
    4 (4%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)


Choke from back
Clock choke
Calf slicer
    3 (21%)
    7 (50%)
    1 (7%)
    3 (21%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)



Paulo Miyao Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4510Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGSF2013
5020Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 3x0European70KGF2014
5288Lucas LepriLucas LepriLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS1/4F2014
5391Thiago BarretoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.64KG1/4F2014
5500Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesLAdvWorld Champ.64KGF2014
5657Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 0x0, AdvFloripa BB IIABSSPF2014
5666Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvMundial CBJJEABSSF2014
5727Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
5814Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League70KGF2014
6088Jose ThiagoLArmbarBrazil Nat. Pro65KGF2015
7942Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 8x8, AdvNoGi Worlds70KGSF2015
8397Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KGF2016
9010Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro69KGF2016
9666Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 0x0, AdvNY Summer OpenABSSF2016
4212Jon FitchD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4494Manny DiazManny DiazWPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4497Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoD---Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4507Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4512Travis StevensWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio88KG3PLC2013
4685Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWAdvBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4686João RafaelWDQBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4687Thiago RodriguesWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4689Augusto GaldezWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4927Daisuke AmazonWPts: 24x0Bull Terrier70KGF2013
4999Nicolas WelkerWPts: 4x0World Pro Trial70KGSF2014
5000Fernando VieiraFernando VieiraWAdvWorld Pro Trial70KGF2014
5019S. FranceschiniWClock chokeEuropean70KGSF2014
5099John NamWArmbarPan American64KG1/4F2014
5101Vitor PaschoalWChoke from backPan American64KGSF2014
5284Andre SimoesWChoke from backBrasileiroABSR12014
5285Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiroABSR12014
5295David LemesDavid LemesWChoke from backBrasileiro70KGSF2014
5296Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x0Brasileiro70KGF2014
5490Tomoya YanagisawaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGRDS2014
5496Dai YoshiokaWAdvWorld Champ.64KG1/4F2014
5499Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPointsWorld Champ.64KGSF2014
5619Leo SaggioroWPts: 8x0Rio Open70KGF2014
5632Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPointsSP Open70kgF2014
5658Ricardo LimaWClock chokeSul Brasil.ABS1/4F2014
5659Gustavo AlmeidaWTriangleSul Brasil.ABSSF2014
5660Jurandir VieiraWChoke from backSul Brasil.ABSF2014
5664Manoel OliveiraWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSR12014
5665Alan RegisWPts: 2x2, AdvMundial CBJJEABS1/4F2014
5813Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 14x2IBJJF Pro League70KGSF2014
5859Leonardo SaggioroWReferee DecisionRio BJJ Pro70KGF2014
5968Leonardo SaggioroWPts: 4x2South American70KGF2014
6086Jorge NakamuraWKimuraBrazil Nat. Pro65KG1/4F2015
6087Jackson FaveroWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro65KGSF2015
6179Luis LopesWCalf slicerEuropean64KG1/4F2015
6182Thomas LisboaWPts: 11x0European64KGSF2015
6321Luiz FelipeWPts: 6x4All Star Pro65KGF2015
6322Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 10x6All Star ProABSF2015
6431Yoshihiko MatsumotoWChoke from backPan American64KG1/4F2015
6434Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarPan American64KGSF2015
6609Rafael PereiraWPointsChicago Spring76KGF2015
6653Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWPointsNY Spring Open70KGSF2015
6654Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWAdvNY Spring Open70KGF2015
6832Onefre LimaWPts: 23x0Brasileiro70KG1/4F2015
6833Victor MatosWPts: 10x0Brasileiro70KGSF2015
6835Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 8x6Brasileiro70KGF2015
6894Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 9x2Boston Spring Open70KGF2015
6944Tom BarlowWPts: 3x0Las Vegas Open70KGSF2015
6945Eduardo RamosWPts: 4x4, AdvLas Vegas Open70KGF2015
7020Victor PaschoalWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KG1/4F2015
7022Kim TerraKim TerraWPts: 8x2World Champ.64KGSF2015
7023Daniel BelezaDaniel BelezaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGF2015
7171Luiz TeixeiraWPts: 6x4BJJ TourABSF2015
7173Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 10x6BJJ Tour88KGF2015
7196Wanki ChaeWPts: 8x4US No Gi Nat.70KGF2015
7201Jerold ShapiroWChoke from backAmerican Nat.70KG1/4F2015
7205Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsAmerican Nat.70KGSF2015
7206Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWChoke from backAmerican Nat.70KGF2015
7259Joao FerreiraWPts: 10x2NY Summer Open76KGF2015
7265Sidemar HonorioWArmbarNY No Gi Open70KGF2015
7324Travis OrrWPointsAustin Open76KGSF2015
7325Thiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Austin Open76KGF2015
7394D. DrzymkowskiWChoke from backChicago S. Open76KGSF2015
7395Diego BispoWChoke from backChicago S. Open76KGF2015
7397Steven PattersonWPts: 6x0Chicago S. OpenABSF2015
7398Diego BispoWCalf slicerChicago No Gi76KGF2015
7443Ichitaro TsukadaWChoke from backGrand Slam Tokyo69KG1/4F2015
7445Charles GasparWPts: 4x0Grand Slam Tokyo69KGSF2015
7446Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 8x2Grand Slam Tokyo69KGF2015
7617Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPointsBrazil Nat. Pro69KG1/4F2015
7618UnknownWOmoplataBrazil Nat. Pro69KGSF2015
7619Rodrigo CardosoWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro69KGF2015
7633Caio GregorioWPts: 10x0Brazil Nat. ProU77KG1/4F2015
7634Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPointsBrazil Nat. ProU77KGSF2015
7636Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 4x2Brazil Nat. ProU77KGF2015
7724Edson OliveiraWTriangleNoGi Pan Ams70KGSF2015
7725Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Ams70KGF2015
7791Matthew MaganaWPts: 13x0Grand Slam LA69KG1/4F2015
7793Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LA69KGSF2015
7795Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA69KGF2015
7935Thiago MacedoWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds70KG1/8F2015
7941Wilson ReisWilson ReisWPts: 6x4NoGi Worlds70KG1/4F2015
8079Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWReferee DecisionBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8154Roberto JunotWChoke from backGrand Slam - Rio69KG1/8F2015
8160Raphael CadenaWPts: 6x6, AdvGrand Slam - Rio69KG1/4F2015
8162Fernando VieiraFernando VieiraWPts: 8x8, AdvGrand Slam - Rio69KGF2015
8392Masahiro IwasakiWPts: 5x0European Open70KG1/4F2016
8395Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWChoke from backEuropean Open70KGSF2016
8691Jordan GomezWChoke from backPan American70KG1/8F2016
8696Jon Van BurenWPts: 15x2Pan American70KG1/4F2016
8700Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPts: 4x2Pan American70KGSF2016
8701Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan American70KGF2016
8897Joel BurgessWChoke from backNY Spring Open70KGSF2016
8898Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 3x0NY Spring Open70KGF2016
8998Vitor MatosWChoke from backWorld Pro69KGR12016
9004Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWPointsWorld Pro69KG1/4F2016
9008Tiago BravoTiago BravoWChoke from backWorld Pro69KGSF2016
9160Bruno FonsecaWChoke from backBrasileiro70KG1/8F2016
9163Leon AmancioWPointsBrasileiro70KG1/4F2016
9166Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPts: 10x4Brasileiro70KGSF2016
9167Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 10x4Brasileiro70KGF2016
9339Paulo SantanaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGR22016
9345Takuto KakoWPts: 24x0World Champ.64KG1/4F2016
9350Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGSF2016
9351Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 4x2World Champ.64KGF2016
9542Felipe BritoWArmbarBH Open70KGF2016
9547Felipe BritoWPts: 12x0BH No-Gi Open70KGF2016
9599Rene LopezWChoke from backAmerican Nats70KG1/4F2016
9602Orlando MachadoWN/AAmerican Nats70KGSF2016
9604Thiago MacedoWN/AAmerican Nats70KGF2016
9672Felipe SimoesWChoke from backNY Summer Open70KGSF2016
9793H. SongWArmbarGrand Slam - LA69KG1/4F2016
9795Felipe SimplicioWArmbarGrand Slam - LA69KGSF2016
9796Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA69KGF2016
9824J. CloptonWN/AG. Slam NG - LA67KGSF2016

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