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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 Pan Championship (2024)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Grand Prix (2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2022)
  • 2nd IBJJF Place World Championship (2022 / 2023)
  • 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

30 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    16 (53%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

16 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
31
5
#86e620
Choke from back
19
3
#5AD3D1
Choke
19
3
#d1212a
Armbar
13
2
#fad11b
Ezekiel choke
13
2
#f58822
Kimura
6
1
16
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
10 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (70%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
50
1
#86e620
Kneebar
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Janaina Lebre Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
26712Elisabeth ClayElisabeth ClayLStraight ankle lockAmerican NatsABSF2021
27659Andressa CintraLPts: 11x2Pan American69KG4F2021
27678Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakLPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS4F2021
29627Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.63KG4F2021
30669Nathalie RibeiroLPts: 10x0European Open64KGF2022
31747Nathalie RibeiroLPts: 11x4Pan American64KGSF2022
33089Ffion DaviesFfion DaviesLPts: 2x0World Champ.64KGF2022
38576Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLKneebarPan American64KGSF2023
40523Ffion DaviesFfion DaviesLPts: 6x0World Champ.64KGF2023
45642Nathalie RibeiroLPts: 6x2The Crown64KGSF2023
26710Heather WoodsWArmbarAmerican NatsABS4F2021
26711Claire NorthClaire NorthWStraight ankle lockAmerican NatsABSSF2021
30668Amandine LayecWEzekiel chokeEuropean Open64KGSF2022
31745Janine MuttonWChoke from backPan American64KG4F2022
33078Laura GedeonWStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.64KG8F2022
33084Gabrielle McCombWStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.64KG4F2022
33088Nathalie RibeiroWPts: 4x2World Champ.64KGSF2022
33456Tracey GoodellWArmbarAmerican Nat.64KGSF2022
33458Luciane SantosWChoke from backAmerican Nat.64KGF2022
34779Emily FernandezEmily FernandezWPts: 8x2JJ Con64KGSF2022
34781Gloria ArmasWStraight ankle lockJJ Con64KGF2022
35891Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWPts: 8x6IBJJF GP64KGSF2022
35893Anna RodriguesAnna RodriguesWPts: 6x0IBJJF GP64KGF2022
37919Nathalie RibeiroWPts: 3x2IBJJF GP64KGSPF2023
38026Amanda BruseWPointsLA Open64KGF2023
40514Thamires MonteiroWPts: 5x0World Champ.64KG8F2023
40517Sabrina GondimSabrina GondimWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KG4F2023
40522Brianna Ste-MarieBrianna Ste-MarieWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KGSF2023
41904Mayara MeloWStraight ankle lockSDiego SMO64KGSF2023
41905Thamires MonteiroWPts: 6x0SDiego SMO64KGF2023
42526Emily FernandezEmily FernandezWEzekiel chokeIBJJF GP64KGSPF2023
47406Leticia CarvalhoWKimuraLA Open64KGRR2024
47407Elizabeth ExellWChokeLA Open64KGRR2024
47408Jessika BartoliWPts: 11x0LA OpenABS4F2024
47410Leticia CardozoWPts: 5x0LA OpenABSSF2024
47411Melissa CuetoWPts: 5x2LA OpenABSF2024
48034Joanna TrindadeWChokePan American64KG4F2024
48039Suellen SouzaWChokePan American64KGSF2024
48040Sabrina GondimSabrina GondimWReferee DecisionPan American64KGF2024
48911Jaine FragosoWChoke from backOC Open64KGF2024
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