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João Mendes

João Mendes

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João Mendes, often referenced as João “Bisnaga”, is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under André Galvão, being also one of the main representatives of the Atos Jiu Jitsu Academy in this sport/martial art’s international competitive circuit. Bisnaga is also one of the top grapplers of the featherweight division (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs), a status conquered after several important wins in the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) tour.

João Mendes Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: João Pedro Bueno Mendes

Nickname: “Bisnaga” is a Portuguese term for a Water Gun or an Ointment Tube, although it is also used colloquially to represent a “momma’s boy” of sorts, in João’s case, the name is a reference to the latter. Back in 2017, in an interview to BJJ Heroes, João explained the event that led to his nickname – “The first day when my dad dropped me at the [BJJ] academy, in the spur of the moment he told the coach ‘take good care of my Bisnaga’. I tried to deny the nickname on the spot, but was too quiet in my attempt and everyone started calling me this from then on”.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > C. Gracie R. Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão> João Mendes

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Floripa Open Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Curitiba Spring Open Champion (2018)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro 2nd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF European Open 3rd Place (2019)

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2016 purple)
  • IBJJF Juvenile World Champion (2013**/2014**)
  • IBJJF Juvenile Pans Champion (2014**)
  • CBJJ Juvenile Brazilian National Champion (2013**/2014)
  • IBJJF Sul Brasileiro Champion (2015 purple)
  • IBJJF San Diego Open Champion (2017 brown)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Open Champion (2017 brown)
  • UAEJJF Curitiba Pro Champion (2016 purple)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2017 brown)
  • IBJJF Pans Championship 2nd Place (2018 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2018 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (2015 blue)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Omoplata, Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Atos Jiu Jitsu

João Mendes Biography

João Pedro Mendes was born on July 21, 1997 in Curitiba, the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Paraná.

Growing up in the metropolitan area of Curitiba (Colombo), João was not tuned on to sports, rather the contrary. He was also small for his age and shy in nature, traits that pressed his parents to enroll young Mendes in jiu jitsu classes as a child, hoping a combat sport/martial art would help overcome any physical and mental limitations he had.

Although seemingly harsh, the competition focused environment found in jiu jitsu did indeed bring out the best in João Pedro, who went on to win his first Brazilian National title as an orange belt (junior) in 2011, a podium placement he would revisit repeatedly throughout his career.

Although living in a more remote area of Brazil, one not often identified with this sport, and training in a small gym, Mendes was able to break through these barriers and become one of the most promising athletes of his generation. Much of this evolution can be pinned to Alexandre Nunes, commonly referenced as Bokão. Nunes was Bisnaga’s first instructor and figure of tremendous importance in his life on the mats, standing by João’s side for most of his colored belt career.

In 2016 Bisnaga decided to do the IBJJF World Championship training camp in San Diego, California, at the Atos team headquarters with coaches André and Angélica Galvão. João’s work rate and talent earned him an invitation to return to the team, then becoming part of the academy’s workgroup.

After two years training alongside the Galvão’s, on June 8, 2018 João Pedro Mendes was promoted to black belt by André Galvão.

Joao Mendes Grappling Record

20 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    8 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (30%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
40
2
#86e620
Submission
20
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
20
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (57%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armlock
50
1
#86e620
Armbar
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Mendes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17703Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsRio BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
17927Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLArmbarGrand Slam RJ69KGF2018
18499Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open70KGSF2019
19120Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmlockPan American70KG4F2019
19949Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 2x0San Diego Open70KGSF2019
20087Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 6x4World Champ.70KGR22019
20407Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPointsAmerican Nats70KGSF2019
16885Carlos AlbertoWPts: 40x0Floripa W. Open76KG4F2018
16890Rafael MansurRafael MansurWAdvFloripa W. Open76KGSF2018
16891Luciano BernertWTriangleFloripa W. Open76KGF2018
17578Higor PaterraWSubmissionCuritiba Sp. Open70KG4F2018
17579Andrey AdamWTriangleCuritiba Sp. Open70KGSF2018
17581Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWAdvCuritiba Sp. Open70KGF2018
17701Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2018
17916Gabriel VilellaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ69KGR12018
17922Victor MoraesWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ69KG4F2018
17926Rafael MansurRafael MansurWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ69KGSF2018
18498Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWPts: 4x4, AdvEuropean Open70KG4F2019
18722Jacob SandovalWN/AOC Open70KGSF2019
18723Spencer NogawaWN/AOC Open70KGF2019
19110Hiroaki OtsukaWPts: 8x0Pan American70KG8F2019
19500Jose LeonWPts: 45x0San Jose Open70KGSF2019
19502Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Jose Open70KGF2019
19945Geoff VillarealWArmbarSan Diego Open70KG4F2019
20080Hiroaki OtsukaWPts: 13x0World Champ.70KGR12019
20405G. VillarealWCross chokeAmerican Nats70KG4F2019
20594Esdras BezerraWPointsFresno Open70KGF2019

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