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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

65 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    36 (55%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (18%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

13 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
31
4
#86e620
Armbar
15
2
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
15
2
#d1212a
Botinha
8
1
#fad11b
Wristlock
8
1
#f58822
Katagatame
8
1
#224aba
Submission
8
1
#ff9124
Cross choke
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
33
3
#86e620
Armbar
22
2
#5AD3D1
Armlock
22
2
#d1212a
RNC
11
1
#fad11b
Inside heel hook
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Mendes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18033Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsRio BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
18271Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLArmbarGrand Slam RJ69KGF2018
18888Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open70KGSF2019
19581Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmlockPan American70KG4F2019
20446Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 2x0San Diego Open70KGSF2019
20598Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 6x4World Champ.70KGR22019
20927Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPointsAmerican Nats70KGSF2019
21424Israel SousaIsrael SousaLReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open70KGSF2019
21658Eric PhanEric PhanLArmbarGrand Slam LA69KGR12019
22390Connor DonaldsonLArmlockLong Beach Open76KG4F2019
22474Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLChoke from backSJJIF Worlds76KGF2019
24013Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA69KG4F2020
24149Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KG4F2020
24686Davi OliveiraLRNCGrand Slam RJ69KG8F2020
26114Kieran KichukKieran KichukLInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.73KG4F2021
26660Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nats70KGF2021
27556Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLChoke from backPan American70KG8F2021
29460Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KG8F2021
29967Matheus GalvaoLPointsAustin WO76KGF2022
31633Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0Pan American70KGR22022
37999Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 2x0LA Open76KGF2023
38437Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 4x2Pan American70KG8F2023
39121Jonata GomesJonata GomesLReferee DecisionSanta Cruz O76KGSF2023
39559Alex SodreAlex SodreLPts: 2x0Brasileiro70KG4F2023
40327Diego SodreDiego SodreLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KG4F2023
47878Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLChoke from backPan American70KGR12024
17157Carlos AlbertoWPts: 40x0Floripa W. Open76KG4F2018
17162Rafael MansurRafael MansurWAdvFloripa W. Open76KGSF2018
17163Luciano BernertWTriangleFloripa W. Open76KGF2018
17895Higor PaterraWSubmissionCuritiba SPO70KG4F2018
17896Andrey AdamWTriangleCuritiba SPO70KGSF2018
17898Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWAdvCuritiba SPO70KGF2018
18031Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2018
18260Gabriel VilellaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ69KGR12018
18266Victor MoraesWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ69KG4F2018
18270Rafael MansurRafael MansurWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ69KGSF2018
18887Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWPts: 4x4, AdvEuropean Open70KG4F2019
19150Jacob SandovalWN/AOC Open70KGSF2019
19151Spencer NogawaWPts: 22x0OC Open70KGF2019
19571Hiroaki OtsukaWPts: 8x0Pan American70KG8F2019
19981Jose LeonWPts: 45x0San Jose Open70KGSF2019
19983Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Jose Open70KGF2019
20442Geoff VillarealWArmbarSan Diego Open70KG4F2019
20591Hiroaki OtsukaWPts: 13x0World Champ.70KGR12019
20925G. VillarealWCross chokeAmerican Nats70KG4F2019
21130Esdras BezerraWPointsFresno Open70KGF2019
21418Joshua PrestleyWChoke from backLas Vegas Open70KGR12019
21420Eric PhanEric PhanWPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open70KG4F2019
21756Edward KangWReferee DecisionF2W 12670KGSPF2019
22471Gabriel RevoredoWPointsSJJIF Worlds76KG4F2019
22473Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWPointsSJJIF Worlds76KGSF2019
22801Cole FransonCole FransonWReferee DecisionF2W 13370KGSPF2019
24010Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MIA69KGR12020
24019Raphael CadenaWPts: 4x0Grand Slam MIA69KGRPC2020
24020Giovanni CarvalhoWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA69KG3RD2020
24144Thiago AbudThiago AbudWPts: 6x4Pan American70KG8F2020
24679Everton FreitasWPts: 9x3Grand Slam RJ69KGR12020
26103Mauricio GomezWPts: 14x0NoGi Pan Am.73KGR12021
26113Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.73KG8F2021
26594Diogo ReisDiogo ReisWPts: 2x0EUG 265KGSPF2021
26657Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraWReferee DecisionAmerican Nats70KG4F2021
26658Daniel MairaDaniel MairaWPts: 4x0American Nats70KGSF2021
28663Felipe MakotoWPts: 6x6, AdvNashville Open70KG4F2021
28668Edmaicon SilvaWTriangleNashville Open70KGSF2021
28669Matheus HondaWPts: 6x0Nashville Open70KGF2021
29964Carlos CastroWPts: 0x0, AdvAustin WO76KG4F2022
29965Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoWPts: 8x4Austin WO76KGSF2022
31626Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWPts: 8x4Pan American70KGR12022
32436Michael AlvarezWArmbarSD Open70KG4F2022
32438Nathanael MartinezWPts: 20x0SD Open70KGSF2022
32440Pedro SerranoPedro SerranoWPointsSD Open70KGF2022
32621Victor MotaWPts: 5x0Denver Open70KG4F2022
32623Thiago CintraWBotinhaDenver Open70KGSF2022
32625Ariel TabakAriel TabakWPts: 4x0Denver Open70KGF2022
35292Manny MorenoWPointsArt Suave Elite77KGSPF2022
37788Jose MazariegosWChoke from backMemphis Open76KG4F2023
37790Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaWPts: 7x2Memphis Open76KGF2023
37931Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliWPts: 2x0Dallas Open76KGSF2023
37932Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraWPts: 4x0Dallas Open76KGF2023
38429David MoslehWWristlockPan American70KGR12023
39555Artur OliveiraWKatagatameBrasileiro70KGR12023
40317Matheus OndaWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR12023
40319Minho YoonWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KG8F2023
43000Guilherme FernandesGuilherme FernandesWPts: 2x2ADGS Miami69KG8F2023
43007Stefano IturraldeWPts: 29x0ADGS Miami69KG4F2023
43010Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 7x6ADGS Miami69KGSF2023
46198Cesar PredesWPts: 8x0S Jose Open82KGSF2024
48607Ismael SantosIsmael SantosWPts: 2x0Nashville Open70KGSF2024
48609Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWTriangleNashville Open70KGF2024
48858Antonio TorresWPts: 0x0, AdvOC Open70KGSF2024
48860Zach KainaZach KainaWPts: 0x0, AdvOC Open70KGF2024

Joao Pedro Mendes 2017 Highlight

Roberto Jimenez BJJ Attacking The Back

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