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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

39 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    20 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (21%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
43
3
#86e620
Submission
14
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
14
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
14
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (28%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (22%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (44%)
  • 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
17991Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsRio BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
18229Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLArmbarGrand Slam RJ69KGF2018
18847Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open70KGSF2019
19537Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmlockPan American70KG4F2019
20401Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 2x0San Diego Open70KGSF2019
20553Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 6x4World Champ.70KGR22019
20882Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPointsAmerican Nats70KGSF2019
21379Israel SousaIsrael SousaLReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open70KGSF2019
21612Eric PhanEric PhanLArmbarGrand Slam LA69KGR12019
22327Connor DonaldsonLArmlockLong Beach Open76KG4F2019
22411Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLChoke from backSJJIF Worlds76KGF2019
23925Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA69KG4F2020
24060Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KG4F2020
24592Davi OliveiraLRNCGrand Slam RJ69KG8F2020
25999Kieran KichukKieran KichukLInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.73KG4F2021
26534Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nats70KGF2021
27426Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLChoke from backPan American70KG8F2021
29311Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KG8F2021
17119Carlos AlbertoWPts: 40x0Floripa W. Open76KG4F2018
17124Rafael MansurRafael MansurWAdvFloripa W. Open76KGSF2018
17125Luciano BernertWTriangleFloripa W. Open76KGF2018
17856Higor PaterraWSubmissionCuritiba SPO70KG4F2018
17857Andrey AdamWTriangleCuritiba SPO70KGSF2018
17859Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWAdvCuritiba SPO70KGF2018
17989Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2018
18218Gabriel VilellaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ69KGR12018
18224Victor MoraesWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ69KG4F2018
18228Rafael MansurRafael MansurWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ69KGSF2018
18846Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWPts: 4x4, AdvEuropean Open70KG4F2019
19107Jacob SandovalWN/AOC Open70KGSF2019
19108Spencer NogawaWPts: 22x0OC Open70KGF2019
19527Hiroaki OtsukaWPts: 8x0Pan American70KG8F2019
19935Jose LeonWPts: 45x0San Jose Open70KGSF2019
19937Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Jose Open70KGF2019
20397Geoff VillarealWArmbarSan Diego Open70KG4F2019
20546Hiroaki OtsukaWPts: 13x0World Champ.70KGR12019
20880G. VillarealWCross chokeAmerican Nats70KG4F2019
21085Esdras BezerraWPointsFresno Open70KGF2019
21373Joshua PrestleyWChoke from backLas Vegas Open70KGR12019
21375Eric PhanEric PhanWPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open70KG4F2019
21707Edward KangWReferee DecisionF2W 12670KGSPF2019
22408Gabriel RevoredoWPointsSJJIF Worlds76KG4F2019
22410Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWPointsSJJIF Worlds76KGSF2019
22736Cole FransonCole FransonWReferee DecisionF2W 13370KGSPF2019
23922Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MIA69KGR12020
23931Raphael CadenaWPts: 4x0Grand Slam MIA69KGRPC2020
23932Giovanni CarvalhoWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA69KG3RD2020
24055Thiago AbudThiago AbudWPts: 6x4Pan American70KG8F2020
24585Everton FreitasWPts: 9x3Grand Slam RJ69KGR12020
25988Mauricio GomezWPts: 14x0NoGi Pan Am.73KGR12021
25998Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.73KG8F2021
26475Diogo ReisDiogo ReisWPts: 2x0EUG 265KGSPF2021
26531Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraWReferee DecisionAmerican Nats70KG4F2021
26532Daniel MairaDaniel MairaWPts: 4x0American Nats70KGSF2021
28525Felipe MakotoWPts: 6x6, AdvNashville Open70KG4F2021
28530Edmaicon SilvaWTriangleNashville Open70KGSF2021
28531Matheus HondaWPts: 6x0Nashville Open70KGF2021

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