Kaynan Duarte is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under André Galvão, having also worked extensively with coaches José Luis and Paulo Ledesma, being one of the main competitors of the Atos Jiu Jitsu Academy. Duarte first made an appearance on BJJ’s mainstream media after his win at the 2017 ADCC Rio de Janeiro trials, an outstanding achievement conquered as a purple belt. He has since cemented his status as one of his generation’s top competitors.
Kaynan Duarte Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Kaynan Casemiro Duarte
- ACB World Champion (2018*)
- IBJJF NY BJJ Pro Champion (2018)
- Copa Podio 2nd Place (2018)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- IBJJF World Champion (2017 purple, 2018** brown)
- IBJJF World Juvenile Champion (2014** blue)
- ACBJJ World Champion (2017 brown)
- ADCC Brazilian RJ Trials Champion (2017)
- IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2017** purple, 2018** brown)
- IBJJF Pans Champion (2017** purple, 2018 brown)
- IBJJF Pans Juvenile Champion (2015** blue)
- IBJJF European Open Champion (2018* brown)
- UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Champion (2018 brown)
- Iron Brown Belt Champion (2017)
- UAEJJF Grand Slam Champion – RJ (2017 brown)
- UAEJJF Grand Slam Champion – LA (2016 purple)
- SPYDER Invitational Champion (2018 brown)
- IBJJF World Championship Juvenile 2nd Place (2014*)
- IBJJF European Open 2nd Place (2018 brown)
- ADCC Brazilian SP Trials 3rd Place (2017)
** Weight and absolute
Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded
Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94,30 kg / 208.0 lbs)
Team/Association: Atos JJ
Kaynan Duarte Biography
Kaynan Duarte was born on January 24, 1998 in Pederneiras – a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil.
During his pre-teens Duarte developed an interest in martial arts which led to him joining a judo class. Not long after Kaynan’s curiosity grew onto jiu jitsu and given that his cousin already practiced this Brazilian grappling style, finding a BJJ gym quickly followed.
Coach José Luis (also known as “Zé Cavalo”) was Kaynan’s first instructor, back in his hometown. José was unaffiliated with a major team, and as Duarte’s jiu jitsu grew in the juvenile blue belt division the young athlete started making regular trips to São Paulo to train at Cicero Costa‘s academy – PSLPB in search of the highest level of sparring.
Duarte’s quest for the best places where to expand his grappling knowledge led him to Bauru, and coach Paulo Ledesma. Ledesma was part of the Atos Jiu Jitsu franchise and soon enough Zé Cavalo would also join the team, leading Kaynan Duarte to the AJJ headquarters in San Diego – California (2016) ahead of the UAEJJF Los Angeles Grand Slam. The experience was greatly enjoyed by both Kaynan and team leader André Galvão, who invited the youngster to return for the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship.
The relationship between Kaynan Duarte and André Galvão grew over time with Duarte becoming one of the more respected members of the talent dense San Diego headquarters. It was Galvão who promoted Duarte to brown and black belt, both achieved while standing on top of the podium at the IBJJF World Championship – 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Cover photo by Vitor Freitas.
Kaynan Duarte Grappling Record
6 SUBMISSIONS WINS
1 SUBMISSION LOSSES
Kaynan Duarte Fight History
|16007||Fellipe AndrewFellipe Andrew||L||Pts: 2x0||Copa Podio||O94KG||F||2018|
|16086||Fellipe AndrewFellipe Andrew||L||Katagatame||SP BJJ Pro||94KG||SF||2018|
|16146||Fellipe AndrewFellipe Andrew||L||Pts: 2x0||ACBJJ World||95KG||F||2018|
|15991||Leonardo LaraLeonardo Lara||W||Toe hold||Copa Podio||O94KG||RR||2018|
|15994||Horacio Antunes||W||Wormbar||Copa Podio||O94KG||RR||2018|
|15998||B. Lima||W||Triangle||Copa Podio||O94KG||RR||2018|
|16005||F. Alano||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||Copa Podio||O94KG||SF||2018|
|16144||Rinat Kashaev||W||Short choke||ACBJJ World||95KG||SF||2018|
|16155||Seif Houmine||W||Pts: 4x2||ACBJJ World||ABS||4F||2018|
|16159||Hugo MarquesHugo Marques||W||Kneebar||ACBJJ World||ABS||SF||2018|
|16160||Fellipe AndrewFellipe Andrew||W||Pts: 6x2||ACBJJ World||ABS||F||2018|
|16171||Tim SpriggsTim Spriggs||W||Pts: 4x0||NY BJJ Pro||94KG||SF||2018|
|16173||Murilo SantanaMurilo Santana||W||Pts: 2x0||NY BJJ Pro||94KG||F||2018|
|16221||Matheus Godoy||W||Pts: 3x0||Spider Inv. 4F||O76KG||SPF||2018|
|16273||Tarsis HumphreysTarsis Humphreys||W||Referee Decision||W.S.O.G.||O81KG||SF||2018|
|16275||Gustavo EliasGustavo Elias||W||N/A||W.S.O.G.||O81KG||F||2018|
Kaynan Duarte vs Gustavo Batista