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

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian National (2016/2015)
  • 1st Place CBJJ South American Championship NOGI (2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Asian Open (2018)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, RJ (2016)
  • 1st Place AJP 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)
  • 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

116 WINS
    55 (47%)
    9 (8%)
    34 (29%)
    17 (15%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
X choke
Toe hold
Cross choke
Choke from mount
    10 (28%)
    9 (25%)
    8 (22%)
    7 (19%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (6%)


Loop choke
Bow and arrow
Arm in Ezekiel
50/50 armbar
Inside heel hook

Luan Carvalho Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6806AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22015
7722Lucas ValleLDQRio Winter Open76KGSF2015
8877Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8888Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLDQCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8893Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
9192Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvRio Summer OpenABSSF2016
9522Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 2x0World ProABSR12016
9609Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLBow and arrowWorld Pro77KG4F2016
9773Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLLoop chokeBrasileiro82KGF2016
10151Stefano CorreaLPts: 2x0SP BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
10257Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioLRNCRio Winter Open82KGSF2016
10479H. MarquesLReferee DecisionBrasileiro Equipes76KGSF2016
10992Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ Rio Pro82KGF2016
11062Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereLLoop chokeGrand Slam RJ77KG4F2016
11345Matheus CostaMatheus CostaLAdvPetropolis ProABSSF2016
11799Talison SoaresLReferee DecisionManaus Nat. Pro77KG4F2017
12588Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLReferee DecisionWP BR Qualifier77KGR12017
12782Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
13668Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsACBJJ 775KG4F2017
14299Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLAdvIBJJF Rio Pro82KGSF2017
14474Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPointsSouth American82KGF2017
14498Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPointsSouth AmericanABSSF2017
17335Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArm in EzekielAsian OpenABSSF2018
18276Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGR12018
19209Alef BritoAlef BritoD---Copa Podio77KGRR2019
23103Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KGSF2020
24413Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ Stars 486KG4F2020
26411Leandro RounaudLeandro RounaudLLoop chokeSA Cont. Pro77KG4F2021
26514Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLPts: 11x3SA Cont. ProLWASF2021
27085Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielL50/50 armbarBJJ Bet82KGSPF2021
30358Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials88KG4F2022
34322Jansen GomesJansen GomesLPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi85KGSF2022
34446Marcello LemelleLPts: 3x0AJP SA Team85KGRR2022
40737Pedro BoloPedro BoloLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KGSF2023
43162Dante MuschampLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro NoGi79KG8F2023
43216Jorge EscuderoLInside heel hookBrasileiro NoGiABSSF2023
48727Matheus VetoraciLPts: 3x0ADGS Rome85KGSF2024
6305Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x2Miami Open76KG4F2014
6306Rafael CostaWN/AMiami Open76KGSF2014
6307Kevin MartinezWN/AMiami Open76KGF2014
6647Peter CruzWRNCNAGA Pheonix77KGSF2015
6648Waseam DannauiWPts: 10x0NAGA Pheonix77KGF2015
6804Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWPointsPan American76KGR12015
6931Gerson da SilvaWChokeRio Fall Open76KGR12015
6932Pedro FernandesWFootlockRio Fall Open76KG4F2015
6933Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPts: 2x2, AdvRio Fall Open76KGSF2015
6934Alex CabanesWPts: 5x0Rio Fall Open76KGF2015
6949Rafael PortoWPointsRio Fall NoGi76KGF2015
7227Frederico PintoWPts: 2x0Brasileiro76KGR12015
7229Alexandre OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KGR22015
7233Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWInjuryBrasileiro76KG4F2015
7234Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWReferee DecisionBrasileiro76KGSF2015
7236Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2015
7649Thiago AbreuThiago AbreuWAdvBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGR12015
7650Carlos ferreiraWArmbarBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KG4F2015
7651Sergio a RodrigoWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGSF2015
7652Ricardo RochaWPts: 4x2Brazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGF2015
7689UnknownWPts: 15x0Copa SankakuABS8F2015
7690Junior RiosWPointsCopa SankakuABS4F2015
7691Marcus SuelWBotinhaCopa SankakuABSSF2015
7692Jackson NacoWPts: 4x2Copa SankakuABSF2015
7719Jameson SantosWArmbarRio Winter Open76KGR12015
7721Herbert MaedaWChoke from backRio Winter Open76KG4F2015
8885Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
9166Ary GomesWArmbarRio Summer Open76KG4F2016
9168Renan SancarWPts: 0x0, AdvRio Summer Open76KGSF2016
9169Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsRio Summer Open76KGF2016
9191UnknownWAdvRio Summer OpenABS4F2016
9590Lucas LepriLucas LepriWReferee DecisionWorld Pro77KGR12016
9602Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWReferee DecisionWorld Pro77KG8F2016
9760Jackson RaigueriWN/ABrasileiro82KGR12016
9761Paulo GalviolliWN/ABrasileiro82KG8F2016
9770Alex CavaleriWN/ABrasileiro82KG4F2016
9771Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWReferee DecisionBrasileiro82KGSF2016
10254Adriano PereiraWAdvRio Winter Open82KG8F2016
10256M. PequenoWKneebarRio Winter Open82KG4F2016
10416UnknownWChoke from mountCuritiba W. Open76KG4F2016
10417Luciano BernertWBotinhaCuritiba W. Open76KGSF2016
10418Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWChoke from backCuritiba W. Open76KGF2016
10988Gabriel ProcópioWArmbarBJJ Rio Pro82KG4F2016
10991Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWReferee DecisionBJJ Rio Pro82KGSF2016
11049Fabiano ConceicaoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGR22016
11056Cesar CardosoWPts: 21x0Grand Slam RJ77KG8F2016
11107Marcus AurelioWPts: 8x0G.S. Rio NoGi75KGR12016
11110Leo JacintoWPts: 4x0G.S. Rio NoGi75KGSF2016
11112Victor MatosWPts: 7x0G.S. Rio NoGi75KGF2016
11343Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWPointsPetropolis Pro77KGSF2016
11344Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWPointsPetropolis Pro77KGF2016
11568Andreas PeralesWPts: 8x0European Open76KG8F2017
11574Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWBotinhaEuropean Open76KG4F2017
11577Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWTriangleEuropean Open76KGSF2017
11795Moiseus SousaWPointsManaus Nat. Pro77KGR12017
12770Jackson RatigueriWBotinhaBrasileiro82KGR12017
12776Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro82KGR22017
12779Thiago CostaWPts: 4x0Brasileiro82KG4F2017
13289Pedro ContiWPts: 2x0SP BJJ Pro82KG4F2017
13294Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 5x2SP BJJ Pro82KGSF2017
13295Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro82KGF2017
14297Carlos FIlhoWChoke from backIBJJF Rio Pro82KG4F2017
14469Igor VeríssimoWPointsSouth American82KGR12017
14471Rodrigo AcioliWPointsSouth American82KG4F2017
14473Fernando PaulinoWPointsSouth American82KGSF2017
14493Andre RodolfoWX chokeSouth AmericanABSR12017
14495Pedro PeresWPointsSouth AmericanABS4F2017
14966Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPointsACB 1075KGSPF2018
15317Dauad AdaevWToe holdACBJJ 1175KGSPF2018
15819Otavio SerafimWPointsRio OpenO100KGSF2018
15858Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWReferee DecisionACBJJ 1275KGSPF2018
17327Jonghyeon ParkWChoke from backAsian Open82KGSF2018
17328Thomas MietzWPts: 12x0Asian Open82KGF2018
17331Philippe PomaskiPhilippe PomaskiWPointsAsian OpenABS4F2018
18035Edward HohlWCross chokeRio BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
18038Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWArmbarRio BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
18039Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWPts: 4x0Rio BJJ Pro82KGF2018
18985Christovam CastroWSubmissionGuarapari Pro77KG4F2019
18986Welington EllerWPts: 7x0Guarapari Pro77KGSF2019
18987Diego PralonWSubmissionGuarapari Pro77KGF2019
22420Saulo NetoWPointsAmsterdam Open82KGSF2019
22421Oliver LovellWPointsAmsterdam Open82KGF2019
22433Petr MamaevWFootlockAmsterdam NGO85KGSF2019
22434Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWPointsAmsterdam NGO85KGF2019
22921Filipe GrativolWChokeArmagedon JJ82KGSPF2019
23093Marcus PhelanMarcus PhelanWPts: 5x2European Open76KGR12020
23101Italo MouraItalo MouraWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG4F2020
25060Wesley RosaWSubmissionGuarapari Pro77KG4F2021
25063Vinicius PereiraVinicius PereiraWPts: 1x0Guarapari Pro77KGSF2021
25064Darlan CasacaWPts: 3x2Guarapari Pro77KGF2021
25148Marcelo PontesWChoke from backFJJ-Rio SMOABSSF2021
25149M. LimaWChokeFJJ-Rio SMOABSF2021
25914Thiago SilvaWPts: 2x0S. American NG85KG4F2021
25915Gabriel LimaWPts: 2x0S. American NG85KGSF2021
25917Romualdo AndradeWReferee DecisionS. American NG85KGF2021
26398Raul BasilioRaul BasilioWReferee DecisionSA Cont. Pro77KGR22021
26406Wallisson OliveiraWReferee DecisionSA Cont. Pro77KG8F2021
26417Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 1x1SA Cont. Pro77KGRPC2021
26419Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraWPts: 3x2SA Cont. Pro77KGRPC2021
26420Sergio SoaresWReferee DecisionSA Cont. Pro77KG3RD2021
26512Cleber SousaCleber SousaWPts: 1x0SA Cont. ProLWA4F2021
30315Edson OliveiraWReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials88KGR22022
30340Erick SousaWPts: 3x0ADCC BR2 Trials88KGR32022
30352C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials88KG8F2022
34502Richard FernandesWRNCAJP SA Team85KG3RD2022
39513Daniel LeightonWPts: 9x1SA Cont Pro85KGR12023
39517Rafael SilvaWSubmissionSA Cont Pro85KG4F2023
40726Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsWPts: 1x1Grand Slam RJ85KG8F2023
40736Fabio PulitaWArmbarGrand Slam RJ85KG4F2023
42018Wellington MarquesWPts: 2x0Vitoria NGO79KGSF2023
42019Matheus PaulaWReferee DecisionVitoria NGO79KGF2023
43212Davi VetoraciWReferee DecisionBrasileiro NoGiABS4F2023
45990Richard FernandesWN/ARio SMNGO85KGSF2024
45992Carlos AndradeWN/ARio SMNGO85KGF2024
48722Matteo CegliaWChokeADGS Rome85KGR12024
48726Nikolay SalminWPts: 4x2ADGS Rome85KG4F2024

Luan Carvalho vs Marcelo Tuber (2011)

Luan Carvalho Technique


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  • 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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