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 (2015, 2014 black, 2013 brown, purple 2012)
  • 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)
  • 2 Place in the World (2014 black, 2012 purple absolute)
  • 2 Place the Pan American (2013 brown absolute)
  • 3rd Place at Pan American (2012 purple absolute)
  • 3 Place in European (2013 brown absolute)
  • 3 Place in the No-Gi Brazilian (2013 brown absolute)

Position/Technique Favorite: Berimbolo

Weight Division: Pluma (64kg/141lbs)

Academy: PSLPB Cicero Costha

Merchandise: The Berimbolo & Beyond 4 DVD Set by the Miyao Brothers

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

114 WINS
    52 (46%)
    16 (14%)
    40 (35%)
    4 (4%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)


Choke from back
Clock choke
Calf slicer
    6 (30%)
    8 (40%)
    2 (10%)
    4 (20%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)



Paulo Miyao Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3797Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGSF2013
4250Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 3x0European70KGF2014
4472Lucas LepriLucas LepriLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS1/4F2014
4568Thiago BarretoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.64KG1/4F2014
4670Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesLAdvWorld Champ.64KGF2014
4816Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 0x0, AdvFloripa BB IIABSSUPERF2014
4825Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvMundial CBJJEABSSF2014
4874Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
4959Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionPro League70KGF2014
5154Jose ThiagoLArmbarBrazil Nat. Pro65KGF2015
10080Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGSF2013
10533Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 3x0European70KGF2014
10755Lucas LepriLucas LepriLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS1/4F2014
10851Thiago BarretoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.64KG1/4F2014
10953Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesLAdvWorld Champ.64KGF2014
11099Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 0x0, AdvFloripa BB IIABSSUPERF2014
11108Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvMundial CBJJEABSSF2014
11157Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
11242Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionPro League70KGF2014
11437Jose ThiagoLArmbarBrazil Nat. Pro65KGF2015
3781Manny DiazWPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
3784Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoD---Copa Podio88KGGP2013
3794Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
3799Travis StevensWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio88KG3PLC2013
3952Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWAdvBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
3953João RafaelWDQBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
3954Thiago RodriguesWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
3956Augusto GaldezWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4182Daisuke AmazonWPts: 24x0Bull Terrier70KGF2013
4233Nicolas WelkerWPts: 4x0World Pro Trial70KGSF2014
4234Fernando VieiraFernando VieiraWAdvWorld Pro Trial70KGF2014
4249Simone FranceschiniWClock chokeEuropean70KGSF2014
4320John NamWArmbarPan American64KG1/4F2014
4322Vitor PaschoalWChoke from backPan American64KGSF2014
4468Andre SimoesWChoke from backBrasileiroABSRD12014
4469Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiroABSRD12014
4479David LemesDavid LemesWChoke from backBrasileiro70KGSF2014
4480Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x0Brasileiro70KGF2014
4660Tomoya YanagisawaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGRDS2014
4666Dai YoshiokaWAdvWorld Champ.64KG1/4F2014
4669Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPointsWorld Champ.64KGSF2014
4785Leo SaggioroWPts: 8x0Rio Open70KGF2014
4817Ricardo LimaWClock chokeSul Brasil.ABS1/4F2014
4818Gustavo AlmeidaWTriangleSul Brasil.ABSSF2014
4819Jurandir VieiraWChoke from backSul Brasil.ABSF2014
4823Manoel OliveiraWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSRD12014
4824Alan RegisWPts: 2x2, AdvMundial CBJJEABS1/4F2014
4958Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 14x2Pro League70KGSF2014
5004Leonardo SaggioroWReferee DecisionRio BJJ Pro70KGF2014
5093Leonardo SaggioroWPts: 4x2South American70KGF2014
5152Jorge NakamuraWKimuraBrazil Nat. Pro65KG1/4F2015
5153Jackson FaveroWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro65KGSF2015
5245Luis LopesWCalf slicerEuropean64KG1/4F2015
5248Thomas LisboaWPts: 11x0European64KGSF2015
5383Luiz FelipeWPts: 6x4All Star Pro65KGF2015
5384Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 10x6All Star ProABSF2015
5490Yoshihiko MatsumotoWChoke from backPan American64KG1/4F2015
5493Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarPan American64KGSF2015
5669Rafael PereiraWPointsChicago Spring76KGF2015
5709Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWPointsNY Spring Open70KGSF2015
5710Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWAdvNY Spring Open70KGF2015
5865Onefre LimaWPts: 23x0Brasileiro70KG1/4F2015
5866Victor MatosWPts: 10x0Brasileiro70KGSF2015
5868Isaque PaivaWPts: 8x6Brasileiro70KGF2015
5920Brian MahechaWPointsBoston Open70KGRR2015
5922Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPointsBoston Open70KGF2015
5964Tom BarlowWPts: 3x0Las Vegas Open70KGSF2015
5965Eduardo RamosWPts: 4x4, AdvLas Vegas Open70KGF2015
6032Victor PaschoalWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KG1/4F2015
6034Kim TerraWPts: 8x2World Champ.64KGSF2015
6035Daniel BelezaDaniel BelezaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGF2015
6186Jerold ShapiroWN/AAmerican Nationals70KG1/4F2015
6187Wanki ChaeWN/AAmerican Nationals70KGSF2015
6188Kim TerraWPointsAmerican Nationals70KGSF2015
6220Joao FerreiraWPts: 10x2NY Summer Open76KGF2015
6226Sidemar HonorioWArmbarNY No Gi Open70KGF2015
6281Travis OrrWPointsAustin Open76KGSF2015
6282Thiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Austin Open76KGF2015
10064Manny DiazWPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
10067Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoD---Copa Podio88KGGP2013
10077Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
10082Travis StevensWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio88KG3PLC2013
10235Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWAdvBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
10236João RafaelWDQBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
10237Thiago RodriguesWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
10239Augusto GaldezWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
10465Daisuke AmazonWPts: 24x0Bull Terrier70KGF2013
10516Nicolas WelkerWPts: 4x0World Pro Trial70KGSF2014
10517Fernando VieiraFernando VieiraWAdvWorld Pro Trial70KGF2014
10532Simone FranceschiniWClock chokeEuropean70KGSF2014
10603John NamWArmbarPan American64KG1/4F2014
10605Vitor PaschoalWChoke from backPan American64KGSF2014
10751Andre SimoesWChoke from backBrasileiroABSRD12014
10752Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiroABSRD12014
10762David LemesDavid LemesWChoke from backBrasileiro70KGSF2014
10763Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x0Brasileiro70KGF2014
10943Tomoya YanagisawaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGRDS2014
10949Dai YoshiokaWAdvWorld Champ.64KG1/4F2014
10952Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPointsWorld Champ.64KGSF2014
11068Leo SaggioroWPts: 8x0Rio Open70KGF2014
11100Ricardo LimaWClock chokeSul Brasil.ABS1/4F2014
11101Gustavo AlmeidaWTriangleSul Brasil.ABSSF2014
11102Jurandir VieiraWChoke from backSul Brasil.ABSF2014
11106Manoel OliveiraWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSRD12014
11107Alan RegisWPts: 2x2, AdvMundial CBJJEABS1/4F2014
11241Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 14x2Pro League70KGSF2014
11287Leonardo SaggioroWReferee DecisionRio BJJ Pro70KGF2014
11376Leonardo SaggioroWPts: 4x2South American70KGF2014
11435Jorge NakamuraWKimuraBrazil Nat. Pro65KG1/4F2015
11436Jackson FaveroWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro65KGSF2015
11528Luis LopesWCalf slicerEuropean64KG1/4F2015
11531Thomas LisboaWPts: 11x0European64KGSF2015
11666Luiz FelipeWPts: 6x4All Star Pro65KGF2015
11667Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 10x6All Star ProABSF2015
11773Yoshihiko MatsumotoWChoke from backPan American64KG1/4F2015
11776Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarPan American64KGSF2015
11952Rafael PereiraWPointsChicago Spring76KGF2015
11992Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWPointsNY Spring Open70KGSF2015
11993Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWAdvNY Spring Open70KGF2015
12148Onefre LimaWPts: 23x0Brasileiro70KG1/4F2015
12149Victor MatosWPts: 10x0Brasileiro70KGSF2015
12151Isaque PaivaWPts: 8x6Brasileiro70KGF2015
12203Brian MahechaWPointsBoston Open70KGRR2015
12205Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPointsBoston Open70KGF2015
12247Tom BarlowWPts: 3x0Las Vegas Open70KGSF2015
12248Eduardo RamosWPts: 4x4, AdvLas Vegas Open70KGF2015
12315Victor PaschoalWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KG1/4F2015
12317Kim TerraWPts: 8x2World Champ.64KGSF2015
12318Daniel BelezaDaniel BelezaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGF2015
12469Jerold ShapiroWN/AAmerican Nationals70KG1/4F2015
12470Wanki ChaeWN/AAmerican Nationals70KGSF2015
12471Kim TerraWPointsAmerican Nationals70KGSF2015
12503Joao FerreiraWPts: 10x2NY Summer Open76KGF2015
12509Sidemar HonorioWArmbarNY No Gi Open70KGF2015
12564Travis OrrWPointsAustin Open76KGSF2015
12565Thiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Austin Open76KGF2015

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