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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

170 WINS
    68 (40%)
    8 (5%)
    88 (52%)
    2 (1%)
    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
5671Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.57KGF2014
6989Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro65KG4F2015
7299Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLAdvWorld Champ.57KGF2015
7500Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.64KGF2015
7673Garry TononGarry TononLReferee DecisionFIVE SL72KGSPF2015
7708Joe SotoLPointsEBI 465KGSF2015
7976Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsGT OpenABSSPF2015
7984Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 6x4GT Open76KGF2015
8432Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoDPts: 0x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9776Caio TerraCaio TerraLPts: 8x6World Champ.57KGSF2016
10050Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats64KGF2016
10278Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2016
10709Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 10x8NoGi Worlds62KGF2016
11305Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesLPts: 5x4European Open64KGSF2017
11673Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
12767Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KGF2017
14177Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsACB JJ 960KGSF2017
15845Ary FariasAry FariasLPts: 2x0World Champ.64KGSF2018
4330Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWAdvWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4840Naudimar AmaralWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4931Mark RamosMark RamosWCalf slicerADCC66KGR12013
4939Ricardo VieiraRicardo VieiraWHeel hookADCC66KG4F2013
5191Hideyuki YamadaWChoke from backEuropean64KGSF2014
5275F. SpessotoWChoke from backPan American64KG4F2014
5277Rafael BarataWChoke from backPan American64KGSF2014
5472UnknownWChoke from backBrasileiro64KG4F2014
5475Giusley SantosWPts: 4x0Brasileiro64KGSF2014
5572John ChoWPts: 9x0World Pro.64KG4F2014
5576Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.64KGF2014
5666Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 25x4World Champ.57KG4F2014
5670Ivaniel OliveiraIvaniel OliveiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.57KGSF2014
5806Ivanildo LimaWChoke from backRio Open64KGF2014
5820Leandro SilvaWChoke from backSP Open64KGSF2014
5821Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWChoke from backSP Open64KGF2014
5829Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPointsSP Open NoGi63KGF2014
5853Alexandre OliveiraWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGSF2014
5854Johnatha GuidoWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGF2014
5894Jorge EliasWTriangle armbarNo Gi Pan Am.64KGSF2014
5895Mark RamosMark RamosWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.64KGF2014
5943Jorge EliasWPointsNoGi Worlds61KG4F2014
5947Fabbio PassosWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KGSF2014
5948Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPts: 10x4NoGi Worlds61KGF2014
6028Mark RamosMark RamosWChoke from backNYC Pro70KG4F2014
6031Paulo SantanaWBow and arrowNYC Pro70KGSF2014
6032Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x4NYC Pro70KGF2014
6109Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPenCopa Podio70KGSPF2014
6172Walter TellesWArm in EzekielSouth American64KG4F2014
6173Leandro MartinsLeandro MartinsWN/ASouth American64KGSF2014
6216UnknownWRNCADCC Trials77KG4F2014
6217Bruno AparecidoWPointsADCC Trials77KGF2014
6425Lucas DantasWPts: 8x4European64KG4F2015
6428S. FranceschiniWBow and arrowEuropean64KGSF2015
6682Paulo FilhoPaulo FilhoWChoke from backPan American64KG4F2015
6686Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWChokePan American64KGSF2015
6864David DomzalskiWSubmissionChicago Spring64KGSF2015
6865Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backChicago Spring64KGF2015
6908Paulo SilvaWPointsNY Spring Open64KGF2015
7118Pedro AzevedoWChoke from backBrasileiro64KGSF2015
7120Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWChoke from backBrasileiro64KGF2015
7233Andre PontesWTriangleLas Vegas Open64KGF2015
7294Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 6x2World Champ.57KG4F2015
7297Ivaniel OliveiraIvaniel OliveiraWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGSF2015
7468Ramon FloresWN/ABJJ Tour64KGF2015
7486Ruben AlvarezWOmoplataGrapplers Quest65KG4F2015
7487Mike MainWHeel hookGrapplers Quest65KGSF2015
7491Luis PintoWChoke f. omoplataUS No Gi Nat.64KGF2015
7499Luis PintoWPointsAmerican Nat.64KGSF2015
7562David HerndonWChoke from backNY Summer Open64KGF2015
7569Luis PantojaWTriangleNY No Gi Open64KGF2015
7638Jose AlvarezWPointsAustin Open70KGSF2015
7639Gabriel MartinsWChoke from backAustin Open70KGF2015
7674Luis Ninja PintoWChoke from backLV Summer Open64KGF2015
7677Julian MarquezWPointsLV Summer OpenABS4F2015
7678Kim TerraKim TerraWReferee DecisionLV Summer OpenABSSF2015
7679Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvLV Summer OpenABSF2015
7700Mike MainWRNCEBI 465KGR12015
7706Geoff RealWRNCEBI 465KG4F2015
7893Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPointsSanta Cruz Pro70KGF2015
7977Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWPts: 4x2GT OpenABSSPF2015
7980Julio CordovaWPointsGT Open76KGSF2015
8058Joseph BestWRNCNoGi Pan Ams64KGSF2015
8059Mark RamosMark RamosWRNCNoGi Pan Ams64KGF2015
8131Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2015
8132Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWChoke from backGrand Slam LA62KGF2015
8279Mark RamosMark RamosWToe holdNoGi Worlds61KG4F2015
8282Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPts: 6x4NoGi Worlds61KGSF2015
8284Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 6x4NoGi Worlds61KGF2015
8495Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGR12015
8501Pedro AzevedoWPts: 14x0Grand Slam RJ62KG8F2015
8502Rodnei JuniorWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2015
8507Jorge NakamuraWPts: 4x0Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2015
8786Tsuyoshi TamakiWChoke from backEuropean Open64KG4F2016
8788Gabriel WilcoxWChoke from backEuropean Open64KGSF2016
9103Tsuyoshi TamakiWChoke from backPan American64KG4F2016
9107Vitor PaschoalWChoke from backPan American64KGSF2016
9109Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPts: 2x0Pan American64KGF2016
9270Yukinori SasaYukinori SasaD---Polaris 370KGSPF2016
9316Thomas CostaWChoke from backNY Spring Open64KGSF2016
9317Tadashi TakashimaWChoke from backNY Spring Open64KGF2016
9416Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2World Pro62KG4F2016
9417Wellington LimaWChokeWorld Pro62KGSF2016
9708Jeffrey CummingsWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro70KG4F2016
9710Nicollas WelkerWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro70KGSF2016
9712Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPointsAtlanta BJJ Pro70KGF2016
9768Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KGR12016
9773Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.57KG4F2016
10131Bruno BrazWArmbarNY Summer Open64KGF2016
10208Mayko BorgesWPts: 8x2Ch. Summer Open64KGSF2016
10209Anthony FerroWBrabo chokeCh. Summer Open64KGF2016
10228Ben PitchfordWPts: 21x0Chicago NoGi SO67KGSF2016
10229Bruce GuevaraWPts: 9x0Chicago NoGi SO67KGF2016
10243Joseph ConeryWKneebarBoston SIO64KGF2016
10277A. AldiuncinWPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2016
10312Arthur MolinaWPts: 12x4G. Slam NG LA67KGSF2016
10705Alexis BarraganWPts: 36x0NoGi Worlds62KG4F2016
10707Rene LopezWDQNoGi Worlds62KGSF2016
10950Gilson NunesGilson NunesWPts: 4x2NY BJJ Pro70KGSF2016
10951Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0NY BJJ Pro70KGF2016
11301Rene LopezWChoke from backEuropean Open64KG4F2017
11653Daniel CovelWDQUAEJJF NY Pro69KG4F2017
11655Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro69KGSF2017
11656Isac ChavesWN/AUAEJJF NY Pro69KGF2017
11852Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 6x0Pan American64KG4F2017
11855Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 22x2Pan American64KGSF2017
12039Anthony FerroWN/AChicago Sp. Open64KGSF2017
12040Marcelo CohenMarcelo CohenWN/AChicago Sp. Open64KGF2017
12098Tadashi TakashimaWChoke from backNY Spring Open64KGF2017
12403Tadashi TakashimaWToe holdBoston Sp. Open64KGF2017
12624Alexis AlduncinWN/AMiami Spring Open64KGSF2017
12625Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 2x0Miami Spring Open64KGF2017
12644Christopher KriebelWToe holdMiami Spring NGO62KGF2017
12755Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 4x0World Champ.64KG8F2017
12763Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWPts: 2x0World Champ.64KG4F2017
12765Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPts: 8x4World Champ.64KGSF2017
13133Mayko AraujoMayko AraujoWToe holdACBJJ 660KG4F2017
13136Laercio FernandesLaercio FernandesWChoke from backACBJJ 660KGSF2017
13137Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPointsACBJJ 660KGF2017
13198David HerndonWChoke from backBoston SM. Open64KGSF2017
13200Ryan ClayWDQBoston SM. Open64KGF2017
13281Anthony FerroWChoke from backChicago SMO64KGSF2017
13283Alexis AlduncinWPts: 31x0Chicago SMO64KGF2017
13439Jorge NakamuraWPts: 8x4Grand Slam LA62KG4F2017
13441Alexis AlduncinWSubmissionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2017
13442Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGF2017
13649Adam FerraraAdam FerraraWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.61KGSF2017
13650Eduardo BarbozaEduardo BarbozaWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.61KGF2017
13816Rodrigo CostaWChoke from backMiami Fall Open64KGF2017
13930F. AngelinoWPts: 10x0Grand Slam RJ62KGR12017
13935D. MoreiraWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2017
14175Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWArmbarACB JJ 960KG4F2017
14232Alex EcklinWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2017
14234Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWPts: 14x0NoGi Worlds61KGSF2017
14235Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWRNCNoGi Worlds61KGF2017
14349J. AlhazzaWArmbarGrand Slam AD62KGRR2018
14415Rene LopezWChoke from backEuropean Open64KGSF2018
14581UnknownWChoke from backACB S. American60KG4F2018
14582Felipe N.WArmbarACB S. American60KGSF2018
14583Thales NakassuWMounted triangleACB S. American60KGF2018
14702Sop Mu HuhWSubmissionContinental Pro62KGRR2018
14703Sop Mu HuhWChoke from backContinental Pro62KGRR2018
14857Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWPts: 10x0Pan American64KG4F2018
14861Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American64KGSF2018
14863Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWPts: 6x4Pan American64KGF2018
15289Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsACBJJ 1260KGSPF2018
15479Wellington LimaWChoke from backWP Br Qualifier62KGRR2018
15480F. SilvaWChoke from backWP Br Qualifier62KGRR2018
15521David YounanWChoke from backWorld Pro62KG4F2018
15525Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPts: 7x2World Pro62KGF2018
15775Carlos PerezWChoke from backMiami Spring Open64KGSF2018
15776Washington LuisWChoke from backMiami Spring Open64KGF2018
15834Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KGR12018
15842Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2018
16112Ary FariasAry FariasWPointsACBJJ 1460KGSPF2018
16363Paulo SantanaWChoke from backOrlando Open64KGSF2018
16364Suraj BudhramWChoke from backOrlando Open64KGF2018
16498Perez FigueiroaWPointsChicago SM Open64KGSF2018
16500Suraj BudhramWArm in ezekielChicago SM Open64KGF2018
16543Bebeto OliveiraWChokeLas Vegas Open64KGSF2018
16545Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarLas Vegas Open64KGF2018
16617Argen KaidybaevWPts: 15x4UWW NG World62KG4F2018
16618Nathaniel OrtizWPts: 9x2UWW NG World62KGSF2018
16619Akhmed IasaevWTriangleUWW NG World62KGF2018
16623Muhammad A.WVerbalUWW World62KGR12018
16624M. TemeevWPts: 5x2UWW World62KG4F2018
16625Nathaniel OrtizWChokeUWW World62KGSF2018
16626Dmytro BaranovWPts: 12x6UWW World62KGF2018
16661A. EcklinWPts: 18x0No Gi Pan Am.61KGSF2018
16662Alexis AlduncinWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.61KGF2018
17071Suraj BudhramWN/AMiami Fall Open64KGF2018

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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