Tayane Porfirio is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Alexandre Paiva, being one of the main representatives of the Alliance Academy’s female team. Porfirio broke out into the international grappling scene in 2015 by winning the IBJJF Grand Slam (World, Pan American, European Open and Brazilian Nationals) in both her weight and the absolute division as a purple belt.
Full Name: Tayane Porfírio de Araújo
- IBJJF World Champion (2018** / 2017**)
- IBJJF European Open Champion (2018** / 2017**)
- IBJJF Pan American Champion (2017)
- CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2017**)
Main Achievements (Coloured Belts):
- IBJJF World Champion (2015** purple, 2016 brown)
- UAEJJF World Pro Champion (2016** brown)
- IBJJF Pan American Champion (2017, 2015** purple)
- IBJJF European Open Champion (2015** purple, 2016** brown)
- CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2014**/2015** purple)
- UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Champion – London (2016** brown)
- UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Champion – Rio de Janeiro (2016** brown)
- IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2016* brown)
** Weight and absolute
Favorite Position/Technique: Omoplata
Weight Division: Pesadíssimo (79+kg/175.0 lbs)
Tayane Porfirio Biography
Tayane Porfirio was born on December 11, 1994 in Sobral, state of Ceará – Brazil.
At the age of 2 Tayane moved to Rio de Janeiro with her family, settling in Jacarepaguá- a famous neighbourhood on the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro.
By the end of 2010, with the intent of losing weight, Porfirio decided to follow her sister’s footsteps and give jiu jitsu a try. For the effect Tayane chose Master Márcio Rodrigues‘ academy, a well known coach who developed a few big names of the sport, such as Lucas “Hulk”, Erberth Santos as well as Ygor and Yago Rodrigues.
Tayane remained at Equipe Márcio Rodrigues up to her blue belt, after which she joined another important Rio de Janeiro academy: Brigadeiro Jiu Jitsu. It was coach Eduardo Brigadeiro who promoted Porfirio to her purple belt.
Tayane met Alexandre Paiva in 2013 when she visited his Alliance academy in Leblon. Porfirio was very impressed with his work and the competition driven atmosphere felt in the gym, but lived too far and didn’t have the means to cover the distance every day. It was only in 2014, after Tayane became more familiarized with the Alliance team and the competitors from the Leblon academy through Rio’s tournament circuit, that she finally committed to swapping gyms.
At the Alliance – Leblon Tayane’s talent was finally met by a strong team with all the logistic needs for a high end athlete. This was mirrored in her results, particularly in 2015, when Porfirio won IBJJF’s Grand Slam (World, Pan American, European Open and Brazilian National Championship) in both her weight and the absolute division.
Tayane has also been outspoken on some tricky subjects such as the famous “Equal Pay in BJJ” movement. In 2016 Tayane mentioned to the BJJ Girls Mag blog when asked about the difference in payment between men and women in jiu jitsu:
“I honestly don’t think there is anything wrong with the lower pay. Anytime there is a good prize money on the line the girls don’t show up. Everyone needs money, of course, particularly with the crisis we are suffering from in Brazil. But as long as women don’t show up for the comps in good numbers, there won’t be much pay”. – source.
Tayane’s strong competitive campaigned continued as a brown belt, winning important tournaments once again, including the European Open, Abu Dhabi World Pro and the IBJJF Worlds. These incredible deeds ultimately climaxed with her black belt promotion while on the podium of the World Championship (June 2016).
Tayane Porfirio vs Mackenzie Dern (2016)