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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

101 WINS
    48 (48%)
    9 (9%)
    30 (30%)
    13 (13%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Choke from mount
X choke
Toe hold
Cross choke
    7 (25%)
    8 (29%)
    6 (21%)
    5 (18%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (7%)


Loop choke
Bow and arrow
Arm in Ezekiel

Luan Carvalho Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6781AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22015
7697Lucas ValleLDQRio Winter Open76KGSF2015
8852Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8863Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLDQCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8868Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
9167Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvRio Summer OpenABSSF2016
9497Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 2x0World ProABSR12016
9584Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLBow and arrowWorld Pro77KG4F2016
9748Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLLoop chokeBrasileiro82KGF2016
10126Stefano CorreaLPts: 2x0SP BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
10232Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioLRNCRio Winter Open82KGSF2016
10454H. MarquesLReferee DecisionBrasileiro Equipes76KGSF2016
10967Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ Rio Pro82KGF2016
11037Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereLLoop chokeGrand Slam RJ77KG4F2016
11320Matheus CostaMatheus CostaLAdvPetropolis ProABSSF2016
11769Talison SoaresLReferee DecisionManaus Nat. Pro77KG4F2017
12557Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLReferee DecisionWP BR Qualifier77KGR12017
12751Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
13635Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsACBJJ 775KG4F2017
14260Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLAdvIBJJF Rio Pro82KGSF2017
14435Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPointsSouth American82KGF2017
14459Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPointsSouth AmericanABSSF2017
17265Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArm in EzekielAsian OpenABSSF2018
18190Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGR12018
19104Alef BritoAlef BritoD---Copa Podio77KGRR2019
22927Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KGSF2020
24193Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ Stars 486KG4F2020
26128Leandro SouzaLLoop chokeSA Cont. Pro77KG4F2021
26228Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLPts: 11x3SA Cont. ProLWASF2021
6284Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x2Miami Open76KG4F2014
6285Rafael CostaWN/AMiami Open76KGSF2014
6286Kevin MartinezWN/AMiami Open76KGF2014
6622Peter CruzWRNCNAGA Pheonix77KGSF2015
6623Waseam DannauiWPts: 10x0NAGA Pheonix77KGF2015
6779Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWPointsPan American76KGR12015
6906Gerson da SilvaWChokeRio Fall Open76KGR12015
6907Pedro FernandesWFootlockRio Fall Open76KG4F2015
6908Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPts: 2x2, AdvRio Fall Open76KGSF2015
6909Alex CabanesWPts: 5x0Rio Fall Open76KGF2015
6924Rafael PortoWPointsRio Fall NoGi76KGF2015
7202Frederico PintoWPts: 2x0Brasileiro76KGR12015
7204Alexandre OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KGR22015
7208Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWInjuryBrasileiro76KG4F2015
7209Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWReferee DecisionBrasileiro76KGSF2015
7211Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KGF2015
7624Thiago AbreuThiago AbreuWAdvBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGR12015
7625Carlos ferreiraWArmbarBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KG4F2015
7626Sergio a RodrigoWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGSF2015
7627Ricardo RochaWPts: 4x2Brazil Nat. Pro RJ76KGF2015
7664UnknownWPts: 15x0Copa SankakuABS8F2015
7665Junior RiosWPointsCopa SankakuABS4F2015
7666Marcus SuelWBotinhaCopa SankakuABSSF2015
7667Jackson NacoWPts: 4x2Copa SankakuABSF2015
7694Jameson SantosWArmbarRio Winter Open76KGR12015
7696Herbert MaedaWChoke from backRio Winter Open76KG4F2015
8860Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
9141Ary GomesWArmbarRio Summer Open76KG4F2016
9143Renan SancarWPts: 0x0, AdvRio Summer Open76KGSF2016
9144Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsRio Summer Open76KGF2016
9166UnknownWAdvRio Summer OpenABS4F2016
9565Lucas LepriLucas LepriWReferee DecisionWorld Pro77KGR12016
9577Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWReferee DecisionWorld Pro77KG8F2016
9735Jackson RaigueriWN/ABrasileiro82KGR12016
9736Paulo GalviolliWN/ABrasileiro82KG8F2016
9745Alex CavaleriWN/ABrasileiro82KG4F2016
9746Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWReferee DecisionBrasileiro82KGSF2016
10229Adriano PereiraWAdvRio Winter Open82KG8F2016
10231M. PequenoWKneebarRio Winter Open82KG4F2016
10391UnknownWChoke from mountCuritiba W. Open76KG4F2016
10392Luciano BernertWBotinhaCuritiba W. Open76KGSF2016
10393Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWChoke from backCuritiba W. Open76KGF2016
10963Gabriel ProcópioWArmbarBJJ Rio Pro82KG4F2016
10966Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWReferee DecisionBJJ Rio Pro82KGSF2016
11024Fabiano ConceicaoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGR22016
11031Cesar CardosoWPts: 21x0Grand Slam RJ77KG8F2016
11082Marcus AurelioWPts: 8x0G.S. Rio NoGi75KGR12016
11085Leo JacintoWPts: 4x0G.S. Rio NoGi75KGSF2016
11087Victor MatosWPts: 7x0G.S. Rio NoGi75KGF2016
11318Julio AnjosJulio AnjosWPointsPetropolis Pro77KGSF2016
11319Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWPointsPetropolis Pro77KGF2016
11538Andreas PeralesWPts: 8x0European Open76KG8F2017
11544Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWBotinhaEuropean Open76KG4F2017
11547Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWTriangleEuropean Open76KGSF2017
11765Moiseus SousaWPointsManaus Nat. Pro77KGR12017
12739Jackson RatigueriWBotinhaBrasileiro82KGR12017
12745Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro82KGR22017
12748Thiago CostaWPts: 4x0Brasileiro82KG4F2017
13258Pedro ContiWPts: 2x0SP BJJ Pro82KG4F2017
13263Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 5x2SP BJJ Pro82KGSF2017
13264Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro82KGF2017
14258Carlos FIlhoWChoke from backIBJJF Rio Pro82KG4F2017
14430Igor VeríssimoWPointsSouth American82KGR12017
14432Rodrigo AcioliWPointsSouth American82KG4F2017
14434Fernando PaulinoWPointsSouth American82KGSF2017
14454Andre RodolfoWX chokeSouth AmericanABSR12017
14456Pedro PeresWPointsSouth AmericanABS4F2017
14920Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPointsACB 1075KGSPF2018
15262Dauad AdaevWToe holdACBJJ 1175KGSPF2018
15764Otavio SerafimWPointsRio OpenO100KGSF2018
15803Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWReferee DecisionACBJJ 1275KGSPF2018
17257Jonghyeon ParkWChoke from backAsian Open82KGSF2018
17258Thomas MietzWPts: 12x0Asian Open82KGF2018
17261Philippe PomaskiPhilippe PomaskiWPointsAsian OpenABS4F2018
17956Edward HohlWCross chokeRio BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
17959Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWArmbarRio BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
17960Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWPts: 4x0Rio BJJ Pro82KGF2018
18892Christovam CastroWSubmissionGuarapari Pro77KG4F2019
18893Welington EllerWPts: 7x0Guarapari Pro77KGSF2019
18894Diego PralonWSubmissionGuarapari Pro77KGF2019
22265Saulo NetoWPointsAmsterdam Open82KGSF2019
22266Oliver LovellWPointsAmsterdam Open82KGF2019
22278Petr MamaevWFootlockAmsterdam NGO85KGSF2019
22279Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWPointsAmsterdam NGO85KGF2019
22751Filipe GrativolWChokeArmagedon JJ82KGSPF2019
22917Marcus PhelanMarcus PhelanWPts: 5x2European Open76KGR12020
22925Italo MouraItalo MouraWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG4F2020
24816Wesley RosaWSubmissionGuarapari Pro77KG4F2021
24819Vinicius PereiraVinicius PereiraWPts: 1x0Guarapari Pro77KGSF2021
24820Darlan CasacaWPts: 3x2Guarapari Pro77KGF2021
24896Marcelo PontesWChoke from backFJJ-Rio SMOABSSF2021
24897Matheus LimaWChokeFJJ-Rio SMOABSF2021
25641Thiago SilvaWPts: 2x0S. American NG85KG4F2021
25642Gabriel LimaWPts: 2x0S. American NG85KGSF2021
25644Romualdo AndradeWReferee DecisionS. American NG85KGF2021
26115Raul BasilioRaul BasilioWReferee DecisionSA Cont. Pro77KGR22021
26123Wallisson OliveiraWReferee DecisionSA Cont. Pro77KG8F2021
26134Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 1x1SA Cont. Pro77KGRPC2021
26136Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraWPts: 3x2SA Cont. Pro77KGRPC2021
26137Sergio SoaresWReferee DecisionSA Cont. Pro77KG3RD2021
26226Cleber SousaCleber SousaWPts: 1x0SA Cont. ProLWA4F2021

Luan Carvalho vs Marcelo Tuber (2011)

Luan Carvalho Technique


High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles


  • 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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