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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 (2018/2015)
  • 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

179 WINS
    72 (40%)
    8 (4%)
    92 (51%)
    3 (2%)
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    3 (2%)


Choke from back
Toe hold
Heel hook
Bow and arrow
Arm in Ezekiel
Choke f. omoplata
Brabo choke
Mounted triangle
Calf slicer
Triangle armbar
    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
4940Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 2x0ADCC66KGSF2013
4942Justin RaderJustin RaderLPointsADCC66KG3PLC2013
5670Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.57KGF2014
6997Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro65KG4F2015
7309Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLAdvWorld Champ.57KGF2015
7511Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.64KGF2015
7684Garry TononGarry TononLReferee DecisionFIVE SL72KGSPF2015
7719Joe SotoLPointsEBI 465KGSF2015
7987Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsGT OpenABSSPF2015
7995Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 6x4GT Open76KGF2015
8445Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoDPts: 0x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9802Caio TerraCaio TerraLPts: 8x6World Champ.57KGSF2016
10076Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats64KGF2016
10308Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2016
10745Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 10x8NoGi Worlds62KGF2016
11360Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesLPts: 5x4European Open64KGSF2017
11738Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
12842Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KGF2017
14294Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsACB JJ 960KGSF2017
15978Ary FariasAry FariasLPts: 2x0World Champ.64KGSF2018
4330Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWAdvWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4840Naudimar AmaralWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4931Mark RamosMark RamosWCalf slicerADCC66KGR12013
4939Ricardo VieiraRicardo VieiraWHeel hookADCC66KG4F2013
5190Hideyuki YamadaWChoke from backEuropean64KGSF2014
5274F. SpessotoWChoke from backPan American64KG4F2014
5276Rafael BarataWChoke from backPan American64KGSF2014
5471UnknownWChoke from backBrasileiro64KG4F2014
5474Giusley SantosWPts: 4x0Brasileiro64KGSF2014
5571John ChoWPts: 9x0World Pro.64KG4F2014
5575Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.64KGF2014
5665Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 25x4World Champ.57KG4F2014
5669Ivaniel OliveiraIvaniel OliveiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.57KGSF2014
5807Ivanildo LimaWChoke from backRio Open64KGF2014
5821Leandro SilvaWChoke from backSP Open64KGSF2014
5822Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWChoke from backSP Open64KGF2014
5830Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPointsSP Open NoGi63KGF2014
5854Alexandre OliveiraWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGSF2014
5855Johnatha GuidoWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGF2014
5895Jorge EliasWTriangle armbarNo Gi Pan Am.64KGSF2014
5896Mark RamosMark RamosWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.64KGF2014
5944Jorge EliasWPointsNoGi Worlds61KG4F2014
5948Fabbio PassosWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KGSF2014
5949Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPts: 10x4NoGi Worlds61KGF2014
6029Mark RamosMark RamosWChoke from backNYC Pro70KG4F2014
6032Paulo SantanaWBow and arrowNYC Pro70KGSF2014
6033Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x4NYC Pro70KGF2014
6112Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPenCopa Podio70KGSPF2014
6175Walter TellesWArm in EzekielSouth American64KG4F2014
6176Leandro MartinsLeandro MartinsWN/ASouth American64KGSF2014
6219UnknownWRNCADCC Trials77KG4F2014
6220Bruno AparecidoWPointsADCC Trials77KGF2014
6433Lucas DantasWPts: 8x4European64KG4F2015
6436S. FranceschiniWBow and arrowEuropean64KGSF2015
6690Paulo FilhoPaulo FilhoWChoke from backPan American64KG4F2015
6694Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWChokePan American64KGSF2015
6872David DomzalskiWSubmissionChicago Spring64KGSF2015
6873Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backChicago Spring64KGF2015
6916Paulo SilvaWPointsNY Spring Open64KGF2015
7126Pedro AzevedoWChoke from backBrasileiro64KGSF2015
7128Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWChoke from backBrasileiro64KGF2015
7243Andre PontesWTriangleLas Vegas Open64KGF2015
7304Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 6x2World Champ.57KG4F2015
7307Ivaniel OliveiraIvaniel OliveiraWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGSF2015
7479Ramon FloresWN/ABJJ Tour64KGF2015
7497Ruben AlvarezWOmoplataGrapplers Quest65KG4F2015
7498Mike MainWHeel hookGrapplers Quest65KGSF2015
7502Luis PintoWChoke f. omoplataUS No Gi Nat.64KGF2015
7510Luis PintoWPointsAmerican Nat.64KGSF2015
7573David HerndonWChoke from backNY Summer Open64KGF2015
7580Luis PantojaWTriangleNY No Gi Open64KGF2015
7649Jose AlvarezWPointsAustin Open70KGSF2015
7650Gabriel MartinsWChoke from backAustin Open70KGF2015
7685Luis Ninja PintoWChoke from backLV Summer Open64KGF2015
7688Julian MarquezWPointsLV Summer OpenABS4F2015
7689Kim TerraKim TerraWReferee DecisionLV Summer OpenABSSF2015
7690Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvLV Summer OpenABSF2015
7711Mike MainWRNCEBI 465KGR12015
7717Geoff RealWRNCEBI 465KG4F2015
7904Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPointsSanta Cruz Pro70KGF2015
7988Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWPts: 4x2GT OpenABSSPF2015
7991Julio CordovaWPointsGT Open76KGSF2015
8069Joseph BestWRNCNoGi Pan Ams64KGSF2015
8070Mark RamosMark RamosWRNCNoGi Pan Ams64KGF2015
8144Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2015
8145Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWChoke from backGrand Slam LA62KGF2015
8292Mark RamosMark RamosWToe holdNoGi Worlds61KG4F2015
8295Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPts: 6x4NoGi Worlds61KGSF2015
8297Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 6x4NoGi Worlds61KGF2015
8508Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGR12015
8514Pedro AzevedoWPts: 14x0Grand Slam RJ62KG8F2015
8515Rodnei JuniorWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2015
8520Jorge NakamuraWPts: 4x0Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2015
8800Tsuyoshi TamakiWChoke from backEuropean Open64KG4F2016
8802Gabriel WilcoxWChoke from backEuropean Open64KGSF2016
9126Tsuyoshi TamakiWChoke from backPan American64KG4F2016
9130Vitor PaschoalWChoke from backPan American64KGSF2016
9132Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPts: 2x0Pan American64KGF2016
9293Yukinori SasaYukinori SasaD---Polaris 370KGSPF2016
9342Thomas CostaWChoke from backNY Spring Open64KGSF2016
9343Tadashi TakashimaWChoke from backNY Spring Open64KGF2016
9442Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2World Pro62KG4F2016
9443Wellington LimaWChokeWorld Pro62KGSF2016
9734Jeffrey CummingsWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro70KG4F2016
9736Nicollas WelkerWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro70KGSF2016
9738Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPointsAtlanta BJJ Pro70KGF2016
9794Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KGR12016
9799Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.57KG4F2016
10157Bruno BrazWArmbarNY Summer Open64KGF2016
10197Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 13x0Austin Open70KGSF2016
10198Wellington LimaWChoke from backAustin Open70KGF2016
10210Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 6x2Austin NG Open67KGSF2016
10211Wellington LimaWChoke from backAustin NG Open67KGF2016
10238Mayko BorgesWPts: 8x2Ch. Summer Open64KGSF2016
10239Anthony FerroWBrabo chokeCh. Summer Open64KGF2016
10258Ben PitchfordWPts: 21x0Chicago NoGi SO67KGSF2016
10259Bruce GuevaraWPts: 9x0Chicago NoGi SO67KGF2016
10273Joseph ConeryWKneebarBoston SIO64KGF2016
10307Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2016
10342Arthur MolinaWPts: 12x4G. Slam NG LA67KGSF2016
10741Alexis BarraganWPts: 36x0NoGi Worlds62KG4F2016
10743Rene LopezWDQNoGi Worlds62KGSF2016
10986Gilson NunesGilson NunesWPts: 4x2NY BJJ Pro70KGSF2016
10987Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0NY BJJ Pro70KGF2016
11356Rene LopezWChoke from backEuropean Open64KG4F2017
11718Daniel CovelWDQUAEJJF NY Pro69KG4F2017
11720Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro69KGSF2017
11721Isac ChavesWN/AUAEJJF NY Pro69KGF2017
11919Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 6x0Pan American64KG4F2017
11922Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 22x2Pan American64KGSF2017
12106Anthony FerroWN/AChicago Sp. Open64KGSF2017
12107Marcelo CohenMarcelo CohenWN/AChicago Sp. Open64KGF2017
12165Tadashi TakashimaWPointsBoston Spring O.64KGF2017
12168Tadashi TakashimaWChoke from backNY Spring Open64KGF2017
12475Tadashi TakashimaWToe holdBoston Sp. Open64KGF2017
12697Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPointsMiami Spring Open64KGSF2017
12698Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 2x0Miami Spring Open64KGF2017
12718Christopher KriebelWToe holdMiami Spring NGO62KGF2017
12830Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 4x0World Champ.64KG8F2017
12838Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWPts: 2x0World Champ.64KG4F2017
12840Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPts: 8x4World Champ.64KGSF2017
13210Mayko AraujoMayko AraujoWToe holdACBJJ 660KG4F2017
13213Laercio FernandesLaercio FernandesWChoke from backACBJJ 660KGSF2017
13214Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPointsACBJJ 660KGF2017
13283David HerndonWChoke from backBoston SM. Open64KGSF2017
13285Ryan ClayWDQBoston SM. Open64KGF2017
13369Anthony FerroWChoke from backChicago SMO64KGSF2017
13371Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 31x0Chicago SMO64KGF2017
13394Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPointsChicago SMNGO61KGF2017
13535Jorge NakamuraWPts: 8x4Grand Slam LA62KG4F2017
13537Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWChoke from backGrand Slam LA62KGSF2017
13538Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGF2017
13749Adam FerraraAdam FerraraWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.61KGSF2017
13750Eduardo BarbozaEduardo BarbozaWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.61KGF2017
13916Rodrigo CostaWChoke from backMiami Fall Open64KGF2017
14033F. AngelinoWPts: 10x0Grand Slam RJ62KGR12017
14038D. MoreiraWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2017
14292Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWArmbarACB JJ 960KG4F2017
14349Alex EcklinWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2017
14351Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWPts: 14x0NoGi Worlds61KGSF2017
14352Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWRNCNoGi Worlds61KGF2017
14466J. AlhazzaWArmbarGrand Slam AD62KGRR2018
14532Rene LopezWChoke from backEuropean Open64KGSF2018
14699UnknownWChoke from backACB S. American60KG4F2018
14700Felipe N.WArmbarACB S. American60KGSF2018
14701Thales NakassuWMounted triangleACB S. American60KGF2018
14822Sop Mu HuhWSubmissionContinental Pro62KGRR2018
14823Sop Mu HuhWChoke from backContinental Pro62KGRR2018
14977Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWPts: 10x0Pan American64KG4F2018
14981Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American64KGSF2018
14983Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWPts: 6x4Pan American64KGF2018
15415Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsACBJJ 1260KGSPF2018
15610Wellington LimaWChoke from backWP Br Qualifier62KGRR2018
15611F. SilvaWChoke from backWP Br Qualifier62KGRR2018
15653David YounanWChoke from backWorld Pro62KG4F2018
15657Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPts: 7x2World Pro62KGF2018
15908Carlos PerezWChoke from backMiami Spring Open64KGSF2018
15909Washington LuisWChoke from backMiami Spring Open64KGF2018
15967Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KGR12018
15975Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2018
16248Ary FariasAry FariasWPointsACBJJ 1460KGSPF2018
16502Paulo SantanaWChoke from backOrlando Open64KGSF2018
16503Suraj BudhramWChoke from backOrlando Open64KGF2018
16638Perez FigueiroaWPointsChicago SM Open64KGSF2018
16640Suraj BudhramWArm in ezekielChicago SM Open64KGF2018
16684Bebeto OliveiraWChokeLas Vegas Open64KGSF2018
16686Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarLas Vegas Open64KGF2018
16772Argen KaidybaevWPts: 15x4UWW NG World62KG4F2018
16773Nathaniel OrtizWPts: 9x2UWW NG World62KGSF2018
16774Akhmed IasaevWTriangleUWW NG World62KGF2018
16778Muhammad A.WVerbalUWW World62KGR12018
16779M. TemeevWPts: 5x2UWW World62KG4F2018
16780Nathaniel OrtizWChokeUWW World62KGSF2018
16781Dmytro BaranovWPts: 12x6UWW World62KGF2018
16818A. EcklinWPts: 18x0No Gi Pan Am.61KGSF2018
16819Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.61KGF2018
17230Suraj BudhramWN/AMiami Fall Open64KGF2018
17832Suraj BudhramWRNCNoGi Worlds61KG4F2018
17835Cleber SousaCleber SousaWRNCNoGi Worlds61KGSF2018
17836Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds61KGF2018

Banner pic by: BJJPix

João Miyao vs Pedro Arruda

João Miyao vs Márcio André



  • Perez Figueroa Jr says:

    Hey BJJ Heroes, The match between Joao Miyao and Perez Figueroa ended with Joao winning by points at the Chicago Open. The match with Suraj ended with Miyao winning by a choke from the back. Basically the results were switched around.

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