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João Miyao

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João Miyao is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu graduated by Cicero Costha who competes for the PSLPB academy (Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem). Considered a prodigy of the sport since his teens, João and his twin brother Paulo Miyao (also known as the Myiao Brothers) have piled up medals in the world’s most important tournaments, being among the very best competitors of their generation.

João Miyao Jiu Jitsu

Full name: João Ricardo Bordignon Miyao

Nickname: N / A

lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Cicero Costha > João Miyao

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2017/2015)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2018/2017/2016/2015/2014)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF European Champion (2018/2014)
  • ACBJJ 6 Grand Prix Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Brazilian Champion (2014)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF World 2nd Place (2017/2015/2014)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi 2nd Place (2016)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2013 brown, 2012/2011 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2013 brown, purple 2012, 2011 blue)
  • IBJJF European Champion (2013 brown)
  • IBJJF Brazilian Champion (2013 brown, purple 2012)
  • CBJJ Brazilian No -Gi Champion (2012 purple)
  • IBJJF European 2nd Place (2013* brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian Nationals 2nd Place (2012* purple)
  • CBJJ Brazilian No -Gi Nationals 2nd Place (2012* purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American 3rd Place (2013* brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Position / Technique Favorite: Berimbolo

Weight Division: Pluma (64kg/141lbs)

Academy: PSLPB Cicero Costha

João Miyao Biography

João Miyao was born on May 11, 1991 in the city Andirá in the state of Paraná – Brazil, along with his twin brother Paulo Miyao. They are 3rd generation Japanese descendants with humble beginnings, being the sons of a farmer and a housewife.

The two began martial arts through Judo, but found Jiu Jitsu at the age of 16 and never looked back. The Miyao bros first teacher was Adriano Carvalho, who early on recognized the talent these two boys possessed and encouraged them to train and fight more regularly. With the Jiu Jitsu “bug” growing and growing, the two brothers decided they wanted to become Jiu Jitsu fighters professionally and so as they soon as they were of age they moved to São Paulo (against the wishes of their parents) to pursue their dream.

In São Paulo the Miyao brothers found a home in Cicero Costha’s social project, the PSLPB or Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (Fighting for Good Social Project). Living within the academy along with other eager athletes, the brothers began winning many championships focusing many of their techniques on the Mendes brothers (Rafael and Guilherme). Their sharp and bendy guards and the fact the Miyao’s were consistently medalling in the absolute divisions weighing only 64 kilos brought the curiosity of the media to the Parana duo, and with this curiosity/recognition came the sponsorships needed for siblings to showcase their skills in the top competitions of the world, a test they passed with flying colors.

Although Paulo Miyao has received a brown belt before João, João caught up with his brother and the two ended up getting the desired black belt together on June 2013.

Joao Miyao Grappling Record

158 WINS
    64 (41%)
    8 (5%)
    80 (51%)
    2 (1%)
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    3 (2%)


Choke from back
Toe hold
Heel hook
Bow and arrow
Choke f. omoplata
Brabo choke
Mounted triangle
Calf slicer
Triangle armbar
Arm in Ezekiel
    12 (63%)
    5 (26%)
    0 (0%)
    2 (11%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Joao Miyao Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4930Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 2x0ADCC66KGSF2013
4932Justin RaderJustin RaderLPointsADCC66KG3PLC2013
5661Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.57KGF2014
6978Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro65KG4F2015
7288Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLAdvWorld Champ.57KGF2015
7486Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.64KGF2015
7656Garry TononGarry TononLReferee DecisionFIVE SL72KGSPF2015
7691Joe SotoLPointsEBI 465KGSF2015
7959Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsGT OpenABSSPF2015
7967Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 6x4GT Open76KGF2015
8413Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoDPts: 0x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9754Caio TerraCaio TerraLPts: 8x6World Champ.57KGSF2016
10027Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats64KGF2016
10255Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2016
10685Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 10x8NoGi Worlds62KGF2016
11282Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesLPts: 5x4European Open64KGSF2017
11650Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
12742Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KGF2017
14143Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsACB JJ 960KGSF2017
15806Ary FariasAry FariasLPts: 2x0World Champ.64KGSF2018
4320Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWAdvWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4830Naudimar AmaralWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4921Mark RamosMark RamosWCalf slicerADCC66KGR12013
4929Ricardo VieiraRicardo VieiraWHeel hookADCC66KG4F2013
5181Hideyuki YamadaWChoke from backEuropean64KGSF2014
5265F. SpessotoWChoke from backPan American64KG4F2014
5267Rafael BarataWChoke from backPan American64KGSF2014
5462UnknownWChoke from backBrasileiro64KG4F2014
5465Giusley SantosWPts: 4x0Brasileiro64KGSF2014
5562John ChoWPts: 9x0World Pro.64KG4F2014
5566Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.64KGF2014
5656Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 25x4World Champ.57KG4F2014
5660Ivaniel OliveiraIvaniel OliveiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.57KGSF2014
5796Ivanildo LimaWChoke from backRio Open64KGF2014
5810Leandro SilvaWChoke from backSP Open64KGSF2014
5811Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWChoke from backSP Open64KGF2014
5819Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPointsSP Open NoGi63KGF2014
5843Alexandre OliveiraWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGSF2014
5844Johnatha GuidoWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGF2014
5884Jorge EliasWTriangle armbarNo Gi Pan Am.64KGSF2014
5885Mark RamosMark RamosWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.64KGF2014
5933Jorge EliasWPointsNoGi Worlds61KG4F2014
5937Fabbio PassosWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KGSF2014
5938Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPts: 10x4NoGi Worlds61KGF2014
6018Mark RamosMark RamosWChoke from backNYC Pro70KG4F2014
6021Paulo SantanaWBow and arrowNYC Pro70KGSF2014
6022Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x4NYC Pro70KGF2014
6099Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPenCopa Podio70KGSPF2014
6162Walter TellesWArm in EzekielSouth American64KG4F2014
6163Leandro MartinsLeandro MartinsWN/ASouth American64KGSF2014
6206UnknownWRNCADCC Trials77KG4F2014
6207Bruno AparecidoWPointsADCC Trials77KGF2014
6414Lucas DantasWPts: 8x4European64KG4F2015
6417S. FranceschiniWBow and arrowEuropean64KGSF2015
6671Paulo FilhoPaulo FilhoWChoke from backPan American64KG4F2015
6675Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWChokePan American64KGSF2015
6853David DomzalskiWSubmissionChicago Spring64KGSF2015
6854Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backChicago Spring64KGF2015
6897Paulo SilvaWPointsNY Spring Open64KGF2015
7107Pedro AzevedoWChoke from backBrasileiro64KGSF2015
7109Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWChoke from backBrasileiro64KGF2015
7222Andre PontesWTriangleLas Vegas Open64KGF2015
7283Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 6x2World Champ.57KG4F2015
7286Ivaniel OliveiraIvaniel OliveiraWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGSF2015
7454Ramon FloresWN/ABJJ Tour64KGF2015
7472Ruben AlvarezWOmoplataGrapplers Quest65KG4F2015
7473Mike MainWHeel hookGrapplers Quest65KGSF2015
7477Luis PintoWChoke f. omoplataUS No Gi Nat.64KGF2015
7485Luis PintoWPointsAmerican Nat.64KGSF2015
7548David HerndonWChoke from backNY Summer Open64KGF2015
7552Luis PantojaWTriangleNY No Gi Open64KGF2015
7621Jose AlvarezWPointsAustin Open70KGSF2015
7622Gabriel MartinsWChoke from backAustin Open70KGF2015
7657Luis Ninja PintoWChoke from backLV Summer Open64KGF2015
7660Julian MarquezWPointsLV Summer OpenABS4F2015
7661Kim TerraKim TerraWReferee DecisionLV Summer OpenABSSF2015
7662Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvLV Summer OpenABSF2015
7683Mike MainWRNCEBI 465KGR12015
7689Geoff RealWRNCEBI 465KG4F2015
7876Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPointsSanta Cruz Pro70KGF2015
7960Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWPts: 4x2GT OpenABSSPF2015
7963Julio CordovaWPointsGT Open76KGSF2015
8041Joseph BestWRNCNoGi Pan Ams64KGSF2015
8042Mark RamosMark RamosWRNCNoGi Pan Ams64KGF2015
8114Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2015
8115Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWChoke from backGrand Slam LA62KGF2015
8260Mark RamosMark RamosWToe holdNoGi Worlds61KG4F2015
8263Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPts: 6x4NoGi Worlds61KGSF2015
8265Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 6x4NoGi Worlds61KGF2015
8476Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGR12015
8482Pedro AzevedoWPts: 14x0Grand Slam RJ62KG8F2015
8483Rodnei JuniorWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2015
8488Jorge NakamuraWPts: 4x0Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2015
8766Tsuyoshi TamakiWChoke from backEuropean Open64KG4F2016
8768Gabriel WilcoxWChoke from backEuropean Open64KGSF2016
9082Tsuyoshi TamakiWChoke from backPan American64KG4F2016
9086Vitor PaschoalWChoke from backPan American64KGSF2016
9088Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPts: 2x0Pan American64KGF2016
9249Yukinori SasaYukinori SasaD---Polaris 370KGSPF2016
9295Thomas CostaWChoke from backNY Spring Open64KGSF2016
9296Tadashi TakashimaWChoke from backNY Spring Open64KGF2016
9393Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2World Pro62KG4F2016
9394Wellington LimaWChokeWorld Pro62KGSF2016
9685Jeffrey CummingsWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro70KG4F2016
9687Nicollas WelkerWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro70KGSF2016
9689Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPointsAtlanta BJJ Pro70KGF2016
9746Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KGR12016
9751Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.57KG4F2016
10108Bruno BrazWArmbarNY Summer Open64KGF2016
10185Mayko BorgesWPts: 8x2Ch. Summer Open64KGSF2016
10186Anthony FerroWBrabo chokeCh. Summer Open64KGF2016
10205Ben PitchfordWPts: 21x0Chicago NoGi SO67KGSF2016
10206Bruce GuevaraWPts: 9x0Chicago NoGi SO67KGF2016
10220Joseph ConeryWKneebarBoston SIO64KGF2016
10254A. AldiuncinWPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2016
10289Arthur MolinaWPts: 12x4G. Slam NG LA67KGSF2016
10681Alexis BarraganWPts: 36x0NoGi Worlds62KG4F2016
10683Rene LopezWDQNoGi Worlds62KGSF2016
10927Gilson NunesGilson NunesWPts: 4x2NY BJJ Pro70KGSF2016
10928Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0NY BJJ Pro70KGF2016
11278Rene LopezWChoke from backEuropean Open64KG4F2017
11630Daniel CovelWDQUAEJJF NY Pro69KG4F2017
11632Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro69KGSF2017
11633Isac ChavesWN/AUAEJJF NY Pro69KGF2017
11828Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 6x0Pan American64KG4F2017
11831Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 22x2Pan American64KGSF2017
12015Anthony FerroWN/AChicago Sp. Open64KGSF2017
12016Marcelo CohenMarcelo CohenWN/AChicago Sp. Open64KGF2017
12074Tadashi TakashimaWChoke from backNY Spring Open64KGF2017
12378Tadashi TakashimaWToe holdBoston Sp. Open64KGF2017
12599Alexis AlduncinWN/AMiami Spring Open64KGSF2017
12600Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 2x0Miami Spring Open64KGF2017
12619Christopher KriebelWToe holdMiami Spring NGO62KGF2017
12730Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 4x0World Champ.64KG8F2017
12738Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWPts: 2x0World Champ.64KG4F2017
12740Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPts: 8x4World Champ.64KGSF2017
13108Mayko AraujoMayko AraujoWToe holdACBJJ 660KG4F2017
13111Laercio FernandesLaercio FernandesWChoke from backACBJJ 660KGSF2017
13112Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPointsACBJJ 660KGF2017
13173David HerndonWChoke from backBoston SM. Open64KGSF2017
13175Ryan ClayWDQBoston SM. Open64KGF2017
13256Anthony FerroWChoke from backChicago SMO64KGSF2017
13258Alexis AlduncinWPts: 31x0Chicago SMO64KGF2017
13408Jorge NakamuraWPts: 8x4Grand Slam LA62KG4F2017
13410Alexis AlduncinWSubmissionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2017
13411Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGF2017
13616Adam FerraraAdam FerraraWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.61KGSF2017
13617Eduardo BarbozaEduardo BarbozaWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.61KGF2017
13782Rodrigo CostaWChoke from backMiami Fall Open64KGF2017
13896F. AngelinoWPts: 10x0Grand Slam RJ62KGR12017
13901D. MoreiraWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2017
14141Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWArmbarACB JJ 960KG4F2017
14199Alex EcklinWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2017
14201Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWPts: 14x0NoGi Worlds61KGSF2017
14202Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWRNCNoGi Worlds61KGF2017
14316J. AlhazzaWArmbarGrand Slam AD62KGRR2018
14382Rene LopezWChoke from backEuropean Open64KGSF2018
14546UnknownWChoke from backACB S. American60KG4F2018
14547Felipe N.WArmbarACB S. American60KGSF2018
14548Thales NakassuWMounted triangleACB S. American60KGF2018
14667Sop Mu HuhWSubmissionContinental Pro62KGRR2018
14668Sop Mu HuhWChoke from backContinental Pro62KGRR2018
14821Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWPts: 10x0Pan American64KG4F2018
14825Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American64KGSF2018
14827Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWPts: 6x4Pan American64KGF2018
15252Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsACBJJ 1260KGSPF2018
15440Wellington LimaWChoke from backWP Br Qualifier62KGRR2018
15441F. SilvaWChoke from backWP Br Qualifier62KGRR2018
15482David YounanWChoke from backWorld Pro62KG4F2018
15486Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPts: 7x2World Pro62KGF2018
15736Carlos PerezWChoke from backMiami Spring Open64KGSF2018
15737Washington LuisWChoke from backMiami Spring Open64KGF2018
15795Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KGR12018
15803Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2018
16073Ary FariasAry FariasWPointsACBJJ 1460KGSPF2018
16317Paulo SantanaWN/AOrlando Open64KGSF2018
16318Suraj BudhramWN/AOrlando Open64KGF2018
16439Perez FigueiroaWChoke from backChicago SM Open64KGSF2018
16441Suraj BudhramWPointsChicago SM Open64KGF2018

Banner pic by: BJJPix

João Miyao vs Pedro Arruda

João Miyao vs Márcio André


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