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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 Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021+)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, MIA (2021)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, AD (2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2021 / 2024**)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2024**)
  • 2nd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, RJ (2020)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, AD (2020)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, LDN (2020)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Championship (2024**)

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
+ The AJP federation ran two Abu Dhabi World Pro events in 2021, one in April another in November, the “+” sign represents the 2nd event, in November.

Favorite Position/Technique: Lasso Guard

Weight Division: Super-Pesado (over 175.0 lbs / 79 kg)

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

    31 (41%)
    1 (1%)
    41 (54%)
    2 (3%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Bow and arrow
Choke from back
Clock choke
Reverse triangle
Verbal tap
Canto choke
    16 (73%)
    1 (5%)
    4 (18%)
    1 (5%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Straight ankle lock

Yara Soares Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
22374Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ95KGSF2019
23028Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 10x7Grand Slam AD95KGF2020
23689Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x3Grand Slam LDN95KGF2020
23939Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 12x10BJJ Bet85KGSPF2020
24819Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ95KGF2020
25727Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 3x3World Pro95KGRR2021
27684Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x2Pan American84KGF2021
29300Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 3x2World Pro95KGRR2021
29617Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPointsWorld Champ.ABSF2021
29667Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 2x0World Champ.O79KGF2021
31220Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN95KGF2022
31745Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLN/APan AmericanABSF2022
31778Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO79KGF2022
33141Amy CampoAmy CampoLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS4F2022
42661Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLStraight ankle lockBJJ StarsABSF2023
43149Kauane SilvaKauane SilvaLPts: 3x3ADGS Miami95KGSF2023
44981Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLStraight ankle lockWorld Pro95KGRR2023
46501Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLReferee DecisionEuropean OpenABSSF2024
46548Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenO79KGSF2024
49679Isabely LemosLPts: 4x2ADGS ABD95KGSF2024
50476Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.O79KGF2024
50492Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.ABSF2024
22371Ericka CunhaWSubmissionGrand Slam RJ95KGR12019
22372Mayara OishiWSubmissionGrand Slam RJ95KG4F2019
23024Nathiely JesusNathiely JesusWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD95KG4F2020
23026Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWSubmissionGrand Slam AD95KGSF2020
23686Claire ThevenonWPts: 3x2Grand Slam LDN95KG4F2020
23687Ane SvendsenWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN95KGSF2020
24816Thaynara DiasWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ95KG4F2020
24817Ingridd SousaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ95KGSF2020
25588Thayara DiasWAmericanaGrand Slam AD95KGRR2021
25589Michele XavierWPts: 3x1Grand Slam AD95KGF2021
25655Michele XavierWPts: 7x0WP BR Qualifier95KGRR2021
25656Thaynara DiasWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier95KGRR2021
25726Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWPts: 4x0World Pro95KGRR2021
25729Eleftheria ChristodoulouEleftheria ChristodoulouWChokeWorld Pro95KGRR2021
26517Adriane AlvesWChoke from backSA Cont. Pro95KG4F2021
26518Ingridd AlvesIngridd AlvesWPts: 2x0SA Cont. Pro95KGSF2021
26520Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWPts: 4x2SA Cont. Pro95KGF2021
27298Sarah RiceWChokeGrand Slam MIA95KGRR2021
27299Tara WhiteWArmbarGrand Slam MIA95KGRR2021
27686Sarah RiceWChoke from backPan AmericanABS8F2021
27689Nathalie RibeiroWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2021
27693Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSSF2021
27694Ana VieiraAna VieiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSF2021
27747Y. PoznyakovaWChoke from backGrand Slam MSK95KGRR2021
27748Y. PoznyakovaWClock chokeGrand Slam MSK95KGRR2021
28140Joaquina BonfimWReverse triangleBrasileiroO79KGSF2021
28142Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWPts: 6x4BrasileiroO79KGF2021
28143Juliana AraujoWKneebarBrasileiroABS4F2021
28147Graciele FavaWChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2021
28148Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWInjuryBrasileiroABSF2021
28669Graciele CarvalhoWPts: 5x0Grand Slam RJ95KGSF2021
28670Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ95KGF2021
29293Claire ThevenonWChoke from backWorld Pro95KGRR2021
29297Yasmira DiasWPts: 1x0World Pro95KGRR2021
29299Lama QubbajWChoke from backWorld Pro95KGRR2021
29614Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWN/AWorld Champ.ABS4F2021
29615Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaWChokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2021
29665Mayara CustodioWVerbal tapWorld Champ.O79KGSF2021
29971Juliana AraujoWPts: 8x2Guarapari Pro95KGF2022
30739Cintia HonoratoWSubmissionGramado Pro95KGF2022
31218Yasmira DiasWKneebarGrand Slam LDN95KGSF2022
31741Elizabeth MitrovWBow and arrowPan AmericanABS4F2022
31743Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWBow and arrowPan AmericanABSSF2022
31776Mayara CustodioWBow and arrowPan AmericanO79KGRR2022
32336Rebeca LimaWPts: 7x6Queen of Mats95KGRR2022
32338Thalyta LimaWPts: 2x1Queen of Mats95KGRR2022
32342Ingridd AlvesIngridd AlvesWPts: 3x2Queen of Mats95KGSF2022
32344Rafaela BertolotWChokeQueen of Mats95KGF2022
32446M. CantanhedeWPts: 10x0Grand Slam AD95KGSF2022
32448Silvia ScomparinWBow and arrowGrand Slam AD95KGF2022
33132Claire ThevenonWArmbarWorld Champ.O79KGSF2022
42227Patricia FerreiraWPts: 4x0Floripa WOABSSF2023
42658Mica LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ StarsABS4F2023
42660Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioWPointsBJJ StarsABSSF2023
43146Raiane SantosWChokeADGS Miami95KG4F2023
43152Tammy GriegoWPts: 8x1ADGS Miami95KGRPC2023
44744Tamiris SilvaWPts: 2x1ADWP Qualifier120KG4F2023
44747Stephany HelenWBow and arrowADWP Qualifier120KGSF2023
44748L. dos SantosWPts: 4x0ADWP Qualifier120KGF2023
44980Yasmira DiasWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGRR2023
46492Maria VicentiniMaria VicentiniWBow and arrowEuropean OpenABSR12024
46496Salla SimolaWChokeEuropean OpenABS4F2024
48846Amanda VikingssonWBow and arrowADGS Rome95KGSF2024
48847Maria VicentiniMaria VicentiniWPts: 5x0ADGS Rome95KGF2024
49296Kauani QueirozWPts: 6x0BrasileiroO79KGSF2024
49299Gabriela MatosWArmbarBrasileiroABS4F2024
49302Melissa CuetoWPointsBrasileiroABSSF2024
49676Marcelle CantanhedeWPts: 3x0ADGS ABD95KG4F2024
49682Victoria BladhWSubmissionADGS ABD95KGRPC2024
49684Magdalena LoskaWSubmissionADGS ABD95KG3RD2024
50474Mayara CustodioWCanto chokeWorld Champ.O79KGSF2024
50484Deise LeonanjoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2024
50487Mayara CustodioWBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS4F2024
50491Amy CampoAmy CampoWPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSSF2024
50630Marwa AlhosaniWSubmissionADGS Istanbul95KGRR2024
50631Marwa AlhosaniWPts: 6x0ADGS Istanbul95KGRR2024
5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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