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Yara Soares

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Yara Soares is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Luiz Guilherme (Guigo), who worked extensively with Lloyd Irvin, having represented both the Guigo JJ and Team Lloyd Irvin academies. Currently, under the Dream Art banner, a team she joined in 2021, Soares became widely recognized as one of the top athletes in the super-heavyweight division of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) after conquering consecutive world titles in the purple and brown belt divisions (2018, 2019).

Yara Soares Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Yara Soares do Nascimento

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson G. > Jorge Pereira > Luiz Guilherme > Yara Soares

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021*)
  • 1st Place AJP South American Continental Pro (2021)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, MIA (2021)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, AD (2021)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, RJ (2020)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, AD (2020)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, LDN (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 purple, 2019* brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2019** purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2019** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2016/2017 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo Open (2019 brown, 2018** purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Open (2018** purple)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, RJ (2018 purple)
  • 1st Place CBJJE World Championship (2018** purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 blue)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016 blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 blue, 2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2016* blue)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, RJ (2019 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Lasso Guard

Weight Division: Super-Pesado (over 175.0 lbs

Team/Association: Guigo JJ

Yara Soares Biography

Yara Soares was born on November 07, 1995, in Guarapari, a coastal town located in the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo.

Soares derived from a long line of athletes, particularly long-distance runners, and it was in athletics that Yara first engaged with sports, with her first podium being conquered after her 8th birthday. It was also while competing in sports athletics and handball (which she played for a number of years also) that the young Brazilian learned the work ethics she would carry on to combat sports at a later age.

At the age of 18, Yara realized that there was no financial future in her handball career, even though she was playing at a decent level in that sport. Disheartened and suffering from a bit of fatigue from team sports, Soares decided to try something different. Then joining her first jiu-jitsu class, in April 2014, with coach Tony Bergamo.

In her first month, Yara started competing in jiu-jitsu and as a result, immediately fell in love with grappling. With her eyes on a future BJJ career, Soares decided to look for a more competition-focussed gym to continue her progression, finding what she was looking for at the famous Striker Academy, of coach Thiago Oliveira. The gym that produced one of the most accomplished female athletes of all time, Fernanda Mazzelli.

Yara Soares earned her blue belt from Thiago Oliveira and spent 18 months with the well-known coach at Striker before being offered a scholarship by Luiz Guilherme, also known as Guigo, to come to São Paulo and train at his Academy. A former IBJJF World Champion, Guigo is equally respected as a coach, he who instructed countless high-end athletes. This added to Yara’s desire to compete in São Paulo, arguably, the Mecca of grappling in Brazil, which made Soares’ decision an easy one to make.

Under Luiz Guigo’s guidance, Yara became one of the biggest names in the colored belt divisions, making the most of Guilherme’s coalition with Lloyd Irvin to train and compete in the United States under Team LI’s banner.

In 2019, after conquering double gold at the Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Yara Soares was promoted to brown belt (March) by Lloyd Irvin, at Guigo’s request. Only 2 months later she won the World Championship as a brown belt, subsequently achieving victories at the São Paulo BJJ Pro and São Paulo Open. Her fantastic run would lead to her black belt promotion in December, an unusual occurrence given that it did not fall in line with the timeframes imposed by the IBJJF for a belt rank upgrade. For this reason, Yara was blocked from competing in tournaments organized by this particular federation during the early months of her black belt career.

In 2021, Yara switched camps, aligning forces with the world-famous, pro-jiu-jitsu team, the Dream Art Project.

Yara Soares Grappling Record

30 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

17 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
35
6
#86e620
Submission
24
4
#5AD3D1
Choke
12
2
#d1212a
Armbar
6
1
#fad11b
Clock choke
6
1
#f58822
Reverse triangle
6
1
#224aba
Kneebar
6
1
#ff9124
Americana
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (100%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Yara Soares Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
22245Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ95KGSF2019
22884Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 10x7Grand Slam AD95KGF2020
23529Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x3Grand Slam LDN95KGF2020
23773Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 12x10BJJ Bet85KGSPF2020
24640Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ95KGF2020
25527Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 3x3World Pro95KGRR2021
27453Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x2Pan American84KGF2021
22242Ericka CunhaWSubmissionGrand Slam RJ95KGR12019
22243Mayara OishiWSubmissionGrand Slam RJ95KG4F2019
22881Nathiely JesusNathiely JesusWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD95KG4F2020
22882Kendall ReusingWSubmissionGrand Slam AD95KGSF2020
23526Claire ThevenonWPts: 3x2Grand Slam LDN95KG4F2020
23527Ane SvendsenWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN95KGSF2020
24637Thaynara DiasWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ95KG4F2020
24638Ingridd SousaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ95KGSF2020
25388Thayara DiasWAmericanaGrand Slam AD95KGRR2021
25389Michele XavierWPts: 3x1Grand Slam AD95KGF2021
25455Michele XavierWPts: 7x0WP BR Qualifier95KGRR2021
25456Thaynara DiasWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier95KGRR2021
25526Kendall ReusingWPts: 4x0World Pro95KGRR2021
25529E. ChristodoulouWChokeWorld Pro95KGRR2021
26302Adriane AlvesWChoke from backSA Cont. Pro95KG4F2021
26303Ingridd AlvesIngridd AlvesWPts: 2x0SA Cont. Pro95KGSF2021
26305Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWPts: 4x2SA Cont. Pro95KGF2021
27069Sarah RiceWChokeGrand Slam MIA95KGRR2021
27070Tara WhiteWArmbarGrand Slam MIA95KGRR2021
27455Sarah RiceWChoke from backPan AmericanABS8F2021
27459Nathalie RibeiroWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2021
27463Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSSF2021
27464Ana VieiraAna VieiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSF2021
27513Y. PoznyakovaWChoke from backGrand Slam MSK95KGRR2021
27514Y. PoznyakovaWClock chokeGrand Slam MSK95KGRR2021
27903Joaquina BonfimWReverse triangleBrasileiroO79KGSF2021
27905Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWPts: 6x4BrasileiroO79KGF2021
27906Juliana AraujoWKneebarBrasileiroABS4F2021
27910Graciele FavaWChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2021
27911Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWInjuryBrasileiroABSF2021
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