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Luan Carvalho

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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:

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian National (2016/2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Asian Open (2018)
  • 1st Place UEAJJF Abu Dhabi Grand, RJ (2016)
  • 1st Place UEAJJF Brazil National Pro (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Sao Paulo Open No-Gi (2014)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Sao Paulo BJJ Pro (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Summer Open (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Summer Open No-Gi (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Fall Open No-Gi (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Fall Open (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Curitiba Open (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2020)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian National (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Rio Winter Open (2016/2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Rio Summer Open No-Gi (2016*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian National (2013 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2012 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Houston Open (2014 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Open (2011 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Miami Open (2014 brown, 2009 blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (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

87 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    41 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    27 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

27 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
19
5
#86e620
Botinha
19
5
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
15
4
#d1212a
Footlock
7
2
#fad11b
Submission
7
2
#f58822
Choke
7
2
#224aba
Kneebar
4
1
#ff9124
Choke from mount
4
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
4
1
#22c9a5
X choke
4
1
#fad223
Toe hold
4
1
#03861f
Cross choke
4
1
#039a1f
RNC
4
1
27
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
25 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (24%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (28%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (8%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Luan Carvalho Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6777AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22015
7693Lucas ValleLDQRio Winter Open76KGSF2015
8848Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8859Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLDQCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8864Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
9161Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvRio Summer OpenABSSF2016
9489Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 2x0World ProABSR12016
9576Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLBow and arrowWorld Pro77KG4F2016
9739Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLLoop chokeBrasileiro82KGF2016
10117Stefano CorreaLPts: 2x0SP BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
10223Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioLRNCRio Winter Open82KGSF2016
10445H. MarquesLReferee DecisionBrasileiro Equipes76KGSF2016
10957Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ Rio Pro82KGF2016
11027Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereLLoop chokeGrand Slam RJ77KG4F2016
11306Matheus CostaMatheus CostaLAdvPetropolis ProABSSF2016
11749Talison SoaresLReferee DecisionManaus Nat. Pro77KG4F2017
12529Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLReferee DecisionWP BR Qualifier77KGR12017
12723Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
13603Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsACBJJ 775KG4F2017
14226Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLAdvIBJJF Rio Pro82KGSF2017
14401Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPointsSouth American82KGF2017
14425Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPointsSouth AmericanABSSF2017
17223Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArm in EzekielAsian OpenABSSF2018
18140Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGR12018
19033Alef BritoAlef BritoD---Copa Podio77KGRR2019
22736Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KGSF2020
6282Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x2Miami Open76KG4F2014
6283Rafael CostaWN/AMiami Open76KGSF2014
6284Kevin MartinezWN/AMiami Open76KGF2014
6620Peter CruzWRNCNAGA Pheonix77KGSF2015
6621Waseam DannauiWPts: 10x0NAGA Pheonix77KGF2015
6775Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWPointsPan American76KGR12015
6902Gerson da SilvaWChokeRio Fall Open76KGR12015
6903Pedro FernandesWFootlockRio Fall Open76KG4F2015
6904Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPts: 2x2, AdvRio Fall Open76KGSF2015
6905Alex CabanesWPts: 5x0Rio Fall Open76KGF2015
6920Rafael PortoWPointsRio Fall NoGi76KGF2015
7198Frederico PintoWPts: 2x0Brasileiro76KGR12015
7200Alexandre OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KGR22015
7204Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWInjuryBrasileiro76KG4F2015
7205Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWReferee DecisionBrasileiro76KGSF2015
7207Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2015
7620Thiago AbreuThiago AbreuWAdvBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGR12015
7621Carlos ferreiraWArmbarBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KG4F2015
7622Sergio a RodrigoWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGSF2015
7623Ricardo RochaWPts: 4x2Brazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGF2015
7660UnknownWPts: 15x0Copa SankakuABS8F2015
7661Junior RiosWPointsCopa SankakuABS4F2015
7662Marcus SuelWBotinhaCopa SankakuABSSF2015
7663Jackson NacoWPts: 4x2Copa SankakuABSF2015
7690Jameson SantosWArmbarRio Winter Open76KGR12015
7692Herbert MaedaWChoke from backRio Winter Open76KG4F2015
8856Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
9135Ary GomesWArmbarRio Summer Open76KG4F2016
9137Renan SancarWPts: 0x0, AdvRio Summer Open76KGSF2016
9138Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsRio Summer Open76KGF2016
9160UnknownWAdvRio Summer OpenABS4F2016
9557Lucas LepriLucas LepriWReferee DecisionWorld Pro77KGR12016
9569Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWReferee DecisionWorld Pro77KG8F2016
9726Jackson RaigueriWN/ABrasileiro82KGR12016
9727Paulo GalviolliWN/ABrasileiro82KG8F2016
9736Alex CavaleriWN/ABrasileiro82KG4F2016
9737Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWReferee DecisionBrasileiro82KGSF2016
10220Adriano PereiraWAdvRio Winter Open82KG8F2016
10222M. PequenoWKneebarRio Winter Open82KG4F2016
10382UnknownWChoke from mountCuritiba W. Open76KG4F2016
10383Luciano BernertWBotinhaCuritiba W. Open76KGSF2016
10384Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWChoke from backCuritiba W. Open76KGF2016
10953Gabriel ProcópioWArmbarBJJ Rio Pro82KG4F2016
10956Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWReferee DecisionBJJ Rio Pro82KGSF2016
11014Fabiano ConceicaoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGR22016
11021Cesar CardosoWPts: 21x0Grand Slam RJ77KG8F2016
11072Marcus AurelioWPts: 8x0G.S. Rio NoGi75KGR12016
11075Leo JacintoWPts: 4x0G.S. Rio NoGi75KGSF2016
11077Victor MatosWPts: 7x0G.S. Rio NoGi75KGF2016
11304Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWPointsPetropolis Pro77KGSF2016
11305Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWPointsPetropolis Pro77KGF2016
11518Andreas PeralesWPts: 8x0European Open76KG8F2017
11524Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWBotinhaEuropean Open76KG4F2017
11527Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWTriangleEuropean Open76KGSF2017
11745Moiseus SousaWPointsManaus Nat. Pro77KGR12017
12711Jackson RatigueriWBotinhaBrasileiro82KGR12017
12717Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro82KGR22017
12720Thiago CostaWPts: 4x0Brasileiro82KG4F2017
13226Pedro ContiWPts: 2x0SP BJJ Pro82KG4F2017
13231Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 5x2SP BJJ Pro82KGSF2017
13232Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro82KGF2017
14224Carlos FIlhoWChoke from backIBJJF Rio Pro82KG4F2017
14396Igor VeríssimoWPointsSouth American82KGR12017
14398Rodrigo AcioliWPointsSouth American82KG4F2017
14400Fernando PaulinoWPointsSouth American82KGSF2017
14420Andre RodolfoWX chokeSouth AmericanABSR12017
14422Pedro PeresWPointsSouth AmericanABS4F2017
14884Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPointsACB 1075KGSPF2018
15226Dauad AdaevWToe holdACBJJ 1175KGSPF2018
15728Otavio SerafimWPointsRio OpenO100KGSF2018
15767Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWReferee DecisionACBJJ 1275KGSPF2018
17215Jonghyeon ParkWChoke from backAsian Open82KGSF2018
17216Thomas MietzWPts: 12x0Asian Open82KGF2018
17219Philippe PomaskiPhilippe PomaskiWPointsAsian OpenABS4F2018
17907Edward HohlWCross chokeRio BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
17910Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWArmbarRio BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
17911Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWPts: 4x0Rio BJJ Pro82KGF2018
18825Christovam CastroWSubmissionGuarapari Pro77KG4F2019
18826Welington EllerWPts: 7x0Guarapari Pro77KGSF2019
18827Diego PralonWSubmissionGuarapari Pro77KGF2019
22108Saulo NetoWPointsAmsterdam Open82KGSF2019
22109Oliver LovellWPointsAmsterdam Open82KGF2019
22121Petr MamaevWFootlockAmsterdam NGO85KGSF2019
22122Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWPointsAmsterdam NGO85KGF2019
22585Filipe GrativolWChokeArmagedon JJ82KGSPF2019
22726Marcus PhelanMarcus PhelanWPts: 5x2European Open76KGR12020
22734Italo MouraItalo MouraWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG4F2020

Luan Carvalho vs Marcelo Tuber (2011)

Luan Carvalho Technique

 

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2 Comments

  • MATHEUS says:

    awesome guy ! sick work ethic ! and it's a very humble guy too ! role model to all his students !!! btw i'm one of them xD

  • Benny says:

    Had him in seminar Super cool dude! Down to earth, very respectful, and hell of a teacher! I hope him the best!

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