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Luan Carvalho is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Master Cláudio Joanino of the Nova União academy in Macaé. One of the rare examples of a competitor who reached success at black belt, having gone through his coloured belt career in obscurity, Luan turned a few heads his way after his 2015 Pan American Championship performance where he defeated the decorated veteran Rodrigo Caporal. Carvalho would carry on in good form that year winning the Rio Fall Open and at the Brazilian Nationals, defeating two former champions, Michael Langhi and Juan Caio Kamezawa while cementing his name as one of the top lightweights of his generation.

Luan Carvalho Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Luan de Carvalho Alves

Nickname: “Luanzinho” is often used by those closer to Luan, this is a friendly way of saying Luan in Portuguese.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Luiz França > Oswaldo Fadda > Sebastião Ricardo > Wendell Alexander > Claudio Joanino > Luan Carvalho

Main Achievements:

  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2016/2015)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Asian Open Champion (2018)
  • UEAJJF Brazil National Pro Champion (2016)
  • UEAJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio (2016)
  • IBJJF Curitiba International Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Sao Paulo BJJ Pro Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Sao Paulo International No-Gi Open Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF Rio Summer Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Rio Summer No-Gi Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Rio Fall Open Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF Rio Fall No-Gi Open Champion (2015)
  • UAEJJF Petrópolis Pro Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF South American Championship 2nd Place (2017)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF Rio Winter Open Championship 3rd Place (2016/2015)
  • IBJJF Rio Summer No-Gi Open Championship 3rd Place (2016*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2013 brown)
  • IBJJF Dallas International Open Champion (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF Houston International Open Champion (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF Rio International Open Champion (2011 purple)
  • IBJJF Miami International Open Champion (2014 brown, 2009 blue)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2014 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position: Taking the back

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/167lbs)

Team/Association: Nova União

Luan Carvalho Biography

Luan de Carvalho was born on the 22nd of July, 1991 in Macaé, a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Luan’s first sporting activity was capoeira at the age of 10, he would add jiu jitsu to his activities later.

When Luan was 11 years old, one of his friends, who had started jiu jitsu, got injured and decided to quit training. The friend offered his gi (kimono) to Luan who approached coach “Ernesto” at a local social project designed to keep kids away from crime, by teaching them jiu jitsu.

Starting classes with Ernesto, It didn’t take long for Luan to show interest in competitions, and seeking to do better at the tournaments, Luan decided to move to a bigger team with a more competitive environment, joining the Nova União (NU) – Macaé for the effect. One of the biggest teams in the region. At NU Luan’s progress was diligently followed by Master Cláudio Joanino, a well known figure and a first generation black belt under Wendell Alexander.

Having joined a highly competitive team, Luan’s first times at Joanino’s gym weren’t easy. The level was extremely high and Luan would often get so beat up that he would go home crying. Knowing of Luan’s family dire economic situation, Master Cláudio Joanino never charged Carvalho a monthly fee, and Luan showed his appreciation by training several times per day, often hiding from his mother (who wanted him to focus in school instead).

The hard work paid off for Luan and he started winning many local tournaments and progressing in the belt system. Though Luan’s talent was unquestioned, he failed to medal at an international stage, his biggest medal being a bronze at the Brazilian Nationals in the brown belt division (2013).

In 2014 Luan Carvalho competed at the World Championship, losing in the brown belt ¼ finals. He returned home on the 4th of June and immediately put his gi on and went to work, both angered and saddened by the missed chance to prove his worth. He was surprised to see his master calling his name and awarding him with his black belt in class. When tying the belt around Luan’s waist, Master Joanino told him: “Keep working hard, your time to shine is coming”.

Joanino was right, and on his first year as a black belt, Luan did the unthinkable, winning one of Rio de Janeiro’s most important titles (Rio Fall International Open) and the Brasileiro (Brazilian National), a competition he had lost in 2014 on the first round.

Since arriving at the black belt division, Luan de Carvalho has become one of the top lightweights in Brazil beating many highly regarded veterans of the sport such as the multiple time world champion Michael Langhi.

Banner picture by: Marco Aurélio Ferreira.

Luan Carvalho Grappling Record

77 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    36 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

24 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
21
5
#86e620
Botinha
21
5
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
17
4
#d1212a
X choke
4
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
4
1
#f58822
Cross choke
4
1
#224aba
RNC
4
1
#ff9124
Choke
4
1
#bf1f6c
Footlock
4
1
#22c9a5
Injury
4
1
#fad223
Kneebar
4
1
#03861f
Choke from mount
4
1
#039a1f
Triangle
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (26%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (30%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (9%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Loop choke
40
2
#86e620
Bow and arrow
20
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
20
1
#d1212a
Arm in ezekiel
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Luan Carvalho Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6705AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22015
7613Lucas ValleLDQRio Winter Open76KGSF2015
8755Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8766Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLDQCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8771Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
9060Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvRio Summer OpenABSSF2016
9381Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 2x0World ProABSR12016
9468Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLBow and arrowWorld Pro77KG4F2016
9631Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLLoop chokeBrasileiro82KGF2016
10007Stefano CorreaLPts: 2x0SP BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
10108Gabriel ProcopioLRNCRio Winter Open82KGSF2016
10324H. MarquesLReferee DecisionBrasileiro Equipes76KGSF2016
10821Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ Rio Pro82KGF2016
10891Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereLLoop chokeGrand Slam RJ77KG4F2016
11160Matheus CostaMatheus CostaLAdvPetropolis ProABSSF2016
11554Talison SoaresLReferee DecisionManaus Nat. Pro77KG4F2017
12309Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLReferee DecisionWP BR Qualifier77KGR12017
12503Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
13340Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsACBJJ 775KG4F2017
13934Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLAdvIBJJF Rio Pro82KGSF2017
14106Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPointsSouth American82KGF2017
14130Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPointsSouth AmericanABSSF2017
16649Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArm in ezekielAsian OpenABSSF2018
6218Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x2Miami Open76KG4F2014
6219Rafael CostaWN/AMiami Open76KGSF2014
6220Kevin MartinezWN/AMiami Open76KGF2014
6548Peter CruzWRNCNAGA Pheonix77KGSF2015
6549Waseam DannauiWPts: 10x0NAGA Pheonix77KGF2015
6703Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWPointsPan American76KGR12015
6830Gerson da SilvaWChokeRio Fall Open76KGR12015
6831Pedro FernandesWFootlockRio Fall Open76KG4F2015
6832Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPts: 2x2, AdvRio Fall Open76KGSF2015
6833Alex CabanesWPts: 5x0Rio Fall Open76KGF2015
6848Rafael PortoWPointsRio Fall NoGi76KGF2015
7125Frederico PintoWPts: 2x0Brasileiro76KGR12015
7127Alexandre OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KGR22015
7131Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWInjuryBrasileiro76KG4F2015
7132Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWReferee DecisionBrasileiro76KGSF2015
7134Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2015
7540Thiago AbreuThiago AbreuWAdvBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGR12015
7541Carlos ferreiraWArmbarBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KG4F2015
7542Sergio a RodrigoWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGSF2015
7543Ricardo RochaWPts: 4x2Brazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGF2015
7580UnknownWPts: 15x0Copa SankakuABS8F2015
7581Junior RiosWPointsCopa SankakuABS4F2015
7582Marcus SuelWBotinhaCopa SankakuABSSF2015
7583Jackson NacoWPts: 4x2Copa SankakuABSF2015
7610Jameson SantosWArmbarRio Winter Open76KGR12015
7612Herbert MaedaWChoke from backRio Winter Open76KG4F2015
8763Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
9034Ary GomesWArmbarRio Summer Open76KG4F2016
9036Renan SancarWPts: 0x0, AdvRio Summer Open76KGSF2016
9037Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsRio Summer Open76KGF2016
9059UnknownWAdvRio Summer OpenABS4F2016
9449Lucas LepriLucas LepriWReferee DecisionWorld Pro77KGR12016
9461Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWReferee DecisionWorld Pro77KG8F2016
9618Jackson RaigueriWN/ABrasileiro82KGR12016
9619Paulo GalviolliWN/ABrasileiro82KG8F2016
9628Alex CavaleriWN/ABrasileiro82KG4F2016
9629Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWReferee DecisionBrasileiro82KGSF2016
10105Adriano PereiraWAdvRio Winter Open82KG8F2016
10107M. PequenoWKneebarRio Winter Open82KG4F2016
10261UnknownWChoke from mountCuritiba W. Open76KG4F2016
10262Luciano BernertWBotinhaCuritiba W. Open76KGSF2016
10263Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWChoke from backCuritiba W. Open76KGF2016
10817Gabriel ProcópioWArmbarBJJ Rio Pro82KG4F2016
10820Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWReferee DecisionBJJ Rio Pro82KGSF2016
10878Fabiano ConceicaoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGR22016
10885Cesar CardosoWPts: 21x0Grand Slam RJ77KG8F2016
10936Marcus AurelioWPts: 8x0G.S. Rio NoGi75KGR12016
10939Leo JacintoWPts: 4x0G.S. Rio NoGi75KGSF2016
10941Victor MatosWPts: 7x0G.S. Rio NoGi75KGF2016
11158Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWPointsPetropolis Pro77KGSF2016
11159Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWPointsPetropolis Pro77KGF2016
11337Andreas PeralesWPts: 8x0European Open76KG8F2017
11343Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWBotinhaEuropean Open76KG4F2017
11346Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWTriangleEuropean Open76KGSF2017
11550Moiseus SousaWPointsManaus Nat. Pro77KGR12017
12491Jackson RatigueriWBotinhaBrasileiro82KGR12017
12497Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro82KGR22017
12500Thiago CostaWPts: 4x0Brasileiro82KG4F2017
12986Pedro ContiWPts: 2x0SP BJJ Pro82KG4F2017
12991Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 5x2SP BJJ Pro82KGSF2017
12992Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro82KGF2017
13932Carlos FIlhoWChoke from backIBJJF Rio Pro82KG4F2017
14101Igor VeríssimoWPointsSouth American82KGR12017
14103Rodrigo AcioliWPointsSouth American82KG4F2017
14105Fernando PaulinoWPointsSouth American82KGSF2017
14125Andre RodolfoWX chokeSouth AmericanABSR12017
14127Pedro PeresWPointsSouth AmericanABS4F2017
14510Marcelo MafraWPointsACB 1075KGSPF2018
14832Dauad AdaevWToe holdACBJJ 1175KGSPF2018
15281Otavio SerafimWPointsRio OpenO100KGSF2018
15317Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWReferee DecisionACBJJ 1275KGSPF2018
16641Jonghyeon ParkWChoke from backAsian Open82KGSF2018
16642Thomas MietzWPts: 12x0Asian Open82KGF2018
16645Philippe PomaskiWPointsAsian OpenABS4F2018
17244Edward HohlWCross chokeRio BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
17247Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWArmbarRio BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
17248Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWPts: 4x0Rio BJJ Pro82KGF2018

Luan Carvalho vs Marcelo Tuber (2011)

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