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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)
  • 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)

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

    19 (37%)
    0 (0%)
    29 (57%)
    2 (4%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Bow and arrow
Clock choke
Reverse triangle
Verbal tap
    14 (100%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Yara Soares Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
22340Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ95KGSF2019
22994Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 10x7Grand Slam AD95KGF2020
23650Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x3Grand Slam LDN95KGF2020
23900Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 12x10BJJ Bet85KGSPF2020
24775Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ95KGF2020
25682Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 3x3World Pro95KGRR2021
27633Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x2Pan American84KGF2021
29242Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 3x2World Pro95KGRR2021
29559Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPointsWorld Champ.ABSF2021
29609Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 2x0World Champ.O79KGF2021
31118Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN95KGF2022
31642Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLN/APan AmericanABSF2022
31675Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO79KGF2022
33015Amy CampoAmy CampoLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS4F2022
22337Ericka CunhaWSubmissionGrand Slam RJ95KGR12019
22338Mayara OishiWSubmissionGrand Slam RJ95KG4F2019
22990Nathiely JesusNathiely JesusWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD95KG4F2020
22992Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWSubmissionGrand Slam AD95KGSF2020
23647Claire ThevenonWPts: 3x2Grand Slam LDN95KG4F2020
23648Ane SvendsenWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN95KGSF2020
24772Thaynara DiasWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ95KG4F2020
24773Ingridd SousaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ95KGSF2020
25543Thayara DiasWAmericanaGrand Slam AD95KGRR2021
25544Michele XavierWPts: 3x1Grand Slam AD95KGF2021
25610Michele XavierWPts: 7x0WP BR Qualifier95KGRR2021
25611Thaynara DiasWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier95KGRR2021
25681Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWPts: 4x0World Pro95KGRR2021
25684E. ChristodoulouWChokeWorld Pro95KGRR2021
26466Adriane AlvesWChoke from backSA Cont. Pro95KG4F2021
26467Ingridd AlvesIngridd AlvesWPts: 2x0SA Cont. Pro95KGSF2021
26469Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWPts: 4x2SA Cont. Pro95KGF2021
27247Sarah RiceWChokeGrand Slam MIA95KGRR2021
27248Tara WhiteWArmbarGrand Slam MIA95KGRR2021
27635Sarah RiceWChoke from backPan AmericanABS8F2021
27639Nathalie RibeiroWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2021
27643Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSSF2021
27644Ana VieiraAna VieiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSF2021
27697Y. PoznyakovaWChoke from backGrand Slam MSK95KGRR2021
27698Y. PoznyakovaWClock chokeGrand Slam MSK95KGRR2021
28088Joaquina BonfimWReverse triangleBrasileiroO79KGSF2021
28090Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWPts: 6x4BrasileiroO79KGF2021
28091Juliana AraujoWKneebarBrasileiroABS4F2021
28095Graciele FavaWChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2021
28096Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWInjuryBrasileiroABSF2021
28615Graciele CarvalhoWPts: 5x0Grand Slam RJ95KGSF2021
28616Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ95KGF2021
29235Claire ThevenonWChoke from backWorld Pro95KGRR2021
29239Yasmira DiasWPts: 1x0World Pro95KGRR2021
29241Lama QubbajWChoke from backWorld Pro95KGRR2021
29556Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWN/AWorld Champ.ABS4F2021
29557Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaWChokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2021
29607Mayara CustodioWVerbal tapWorld Champ.O79KGSF2021
29878Juliana AraujoWPts: 8x2Guarapari Pro95KGF2022
30639Cintia HonoratoWSubmissionGramado Pro95KGF2022
31116Yasmira DiasWKneebarGrand Slam LDN95KGSF2022
31638Elizabeth MitrovWBow and arrowPan AmericanABS4F2022
31640Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWBow and arrowPan AmericanABSSF2022
31673Mayara CustodioWBow and arrowPan AmericanO79KGRR2022
32218Rebeca LimaWPts: 7x6Queen of Mats95KGRR2022
32220Thalyta LimaWPts: 2x1Queen of Mats95KGRR2022
32224Ingridd AlvesIngridd AlvesWPts: 3x2Queen of Mats95KGSF2022
32226Rafaela BertolotWChokeQueen of Mats95KGF2022
32325M. CantanhedeWPts: 10x0Grand Slam AD95KGSF2022
32327Silvia ScomparinWBow and arrowGrand Slam AD95KGF2022
33006Claire ThevenonWArmbarWorld Champ.O79KGSF2022
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