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João Mendes, often referenced as João “Bisnaga”, is a 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: Carlos Gracie R. Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão> João Mendes

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place Fresno Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Floripa Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Curitiba Spring Open (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2021)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, RJ (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2019)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, MIA (2020)

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship Juvenile (2013**/2014**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship Juvenile (2014**)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Juvenile (2013**/2014)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Sul Brasileiro Championship (2015 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF San Diego Open (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Las Vegas Open (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Curitiba Pro (2016 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (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 prone to the sporting lifestyle. 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

36 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
33
2
#86e620
Submission
17
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
17
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (18%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
25
2
#86e620
Armlock
25
2
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
25
2
#d1212a
RNC
13
1
#fad11b
Inside heel hook
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Mendes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17970Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsRio BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
18201Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLArmbarGrand Slam RJ69KGF2018
18813Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open70KGSF2019
19490Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmlockPan American70KG4F2019
20349Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 2x0San Diego Open70KGSF2019
20497Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 6x4World Champ.70KGR22019
20826Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPointsAmerican Nats70KGSF2019
21321Israel SousaIsrael SousaLReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open70KGSF2019
21551Eric PhanEric PhanLArmbarGrand Slam LA69KGR12019
22266Connor DonaldsonLArmlockLong Beach Open76KG4F2019
22346Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLChoke from backSJJIF Worlds76KGF2019
23850Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA69KG4F2020
23983Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KG4F2020
24514Davi OliveiraLRNCGrand Slam RJ69KG8F2020
25911Kieran KichukKieran KichukLInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.73KG4F2021
26439Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nats70KGF2021
27329Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLChoke from backPan American70KG8F2021
17102Carlos AlbertoWPts: 40x0Floripa W. Open76KG4F2018
17107Rafael MansurRafael MansurWAdvFloripa W. Open76KGSF2018
17108Luciano BernertWTriangleFloripa W. Open76KGF2018
17837Higor PaterraWSubmissionCuritiba Sp. Open70KG4F2018
17838Andrey AdamWTriangleCuritiba Sp. Open70KGSF2018
17840Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWAdvCuritiba Sp. Open70KGF2018
17968Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2018
18190Gabriel VilellaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ69KGR12018
18196Victor MoraesWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ69KG4F2018
18200Rafael MansurRafael MansurWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ69KGSF2018
18812Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWPts: 4x4, AdvEuropean Open70KG4F2019
19063Jacob SandovalWN/AOC Open70KGSF2019
19064Spencer NogawaWPts: 22x0OC Open70KGF2019
19480Hiroaki OtsukaWPts: 8x0Pan American70KG8F2019
19883Jose LeonWPts: 45x0San Jose Open70KGSF2019
19885Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Jose Open70KGF2019
20345Geoff VillarealWArmbarSan Diego Open70KG4F2019
20490Hiroaki OtsukaWPts: 13x0World Champ.70KGR12019
20824G. VillarealWCross chokeAmerican Nats70KG4F2019
21027Esdras BezerraWPointsFresno Open70KGF2019
21315Joshua PrestleyWChoke from backLas Vegas Open70KGR12019
21317Eric PhanEric PhanWPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open70KG4F2019
21646Edward KangWReferee DecisionF2W 12670KGSPF2019
22343Gabriel RevoredoWPointsSJJIF Worlds76KG4F2019
22345Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWPointsSJJIF Worlds76KGSF2019
22667Cole FransonCole FransonWReferee DecisionF2W 13370KGSPF2019
23847Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MIA69KGR12020
23856Raphael CadenaWPts: 4x0Grand Slam MIA69KGRPC2020
23857Giovanni CarvalhoWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA69KG3RD2020
23978Thiago AbudThiago AbudWPts: 6x4Pan American70KG8F2020
24507Everton FreitasWPts: 9x3Grand Slam RJ69KGR12020
25900Mauricio GomezWPts: 14x0NoGi Pan Am.73KGR12021
25910Francisco CuneoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.73KG8F2021
26383Diogo ReisDiogo ReisWPts: 2x0EUG 265KGSPF2021
26436Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraWReferee DecisionAmerican Nats70KG4F2021
26437Daniel MairaDaniel MairaWPts: 4x0American Nats70KGSF2021

Joao Pedro Mendes 2017 Highlight

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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