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Janaina Maia de Menezes Lebre, (formerly known by her Maia surname and, currently, mostly referenced as Janaina Lebre) is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Régis Lebre (husband) and a representative of the Gracie Humaitá team in the sport’s international circuit. A circuit where Lebre is widely regarded as one of the top lightweight competitors of her generation through her medals in several important tournaments of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), including the World and Pan American Championships.

Janaina Lebre Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Janaina Maia de Menezes Lebre

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie > Régis Lebre > Janaina Maia Lebre

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Grand Prix (2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2022)
  • 2nd IBJJF Place World Championship (2022)
  • 2nd IBJJF European Open (2022)
  • 3rd IBJJF Place Pan Championship (2022)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2021*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Lapel Guard & Straight Ankle Lock

Weight Division: Peso Leve (64 kg / 141.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Humaitá

Janaina Lebre Biography

Janaina Maia de Menezes Lebre was born on December 14, 1995, in a small Brazilian town named Eusébio, in the northeastern state of Ceará.

During her adolescence, Janaina practiced handball, playing in the regional circuit before entering the martial arts/combat sports world.

At the age of 17 the young “Nordestina” accepted to help a girlfriend with her first jiu-jitsu class as the local grappling club had almost exclusively male students and her mate was too shy to train with them. Despite not knowing anything about the sport, Janaina felt immediately at home on the mats and decided to join the club.

By the end of 2013, with only one month of training and without knowing much about the ruleset, Janaina decided to compete. Being a lifelong sportsperson, her athleticism shined through in the tournament earning her, her first gold medal, a prize that greatly enhanced her love for grappling.

Janaina’s start in jiu-jitsu was guided by Hamilton Caminha of team HC in her native town of Eusébio, who promoted Maia to blue belt. She would later move to her state’s capital, Fortaleza, to train with a more competitive squad under the guidance of Sérgio Cardoso at SAS, where she earned her purple belt.

In 2018 Janaina visited the United States to compete in the IBJJF World Championships and sent a request for accommodation and training arrangements to coach Régis Lebre, one of the best athletes ever produced in the state of Ceará, who had since moved to the USA.

When Janaina came to the US and met Régis, the two connected well and the relationship grew beyond the mats and into marriage.

With coach Régis Lebre Janaina earned her brown and black belt promotions, the latter taking place on August 2019.

Janaina Lebre Grappling Record

13 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (69%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
33
3
#86e620
Armbar
22
2
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
22
2
#d1212a
Straight ankle lock
11
1
#fad11b
Ezekiel choke
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (71%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (14%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Janaina Lebre Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
26673Elisabeth ClayElisabeth ClayLStraight ankle lockAmerican NatsABSF2021
27620Andressa CintraLPts: 11x2Pan American69KG4F2021
27639Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakLPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS4F2021
29580Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.63KG4F2021
30591Nathalie RibeiroLPts: 10x0European Open64KGF2022
31664Nathalie RibeiroLPts: 11x4Pan American64KGSF2022
32994Ffion DaviesFfion DaviesLPts: 2x0World Champ.64KGF2022
26671Heather WoodsWArmbarAmerican NatsABS4F2021
26672Claire NorthClaire NorthWStraight ankle lockAmerican NatsABSSF2021
30590Amandine LayecWEzekiel chokeEuropean Open64KGSF2022
31662Janine MuttonWChoke from backPan American64KG4F2022
32983Laura GedeonWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KG8F2022
32989Gabrielle McCombWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KG4F2022
32993Nathalie RibeiroWPts: 4x2World Champ.64KGSF2022
33354Tracey GoodellWArmbarAmerican Nat.64KGSF2022
33356Luciane SantosWChoke from backAmerican Nat.64KGF2022
34650Emily FernandezWPts: 8x2JJ Con64KGSF2022
34652Gloria ArmasWBotinhaJJ Con64KGF2022
35732Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWPts: 8x6IBJJF GP64KGSF2022
35734Anna RodriguesAnna RodriguesWPts: 6x0IBJJF GP64KGF2022
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