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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 (38%)
    0 (0%)
    28 (56%)
    2 (4%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Bow and arrow
Clock choke
Reverse triangle
Verbal tap
    13 (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
22332Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ95KGSF2019
22986Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 10x7Grand Slam AD95KGF2020
23641Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x3Grand Slam LDN95KGF2020
23891Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 12x10BJJ Bet85KGSPF2020
24766Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ95KGF2020
25671Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 3x3World Pro95KGRR2021
27614Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x2Pan American84KGF2021
29221Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 3x2World Pro95KGRR2021
29538Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPointsWorld Champ.ABSF2021
29588Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 2x0World Champ.O79KGF2021
31093Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN95KGF2022
31612Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLN/APan AmericanABSF2022
31645Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO79KGF2022
22329Ericka CunhaWSubmissionGrand Slam RJ95KGR12019
22330Mayara OishiWSubmissionGrand Slam RJ95KG4F2019
22982Nathiely JesusNathiely JesusWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD95KG4F2020
22984Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWSubmissionGrand Slam AD95KGSF2020
23638Claire ThevenonWPts: 3x2Grand Slam LDN95KG4F2020
23639Ane SvendsenWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN95KGSF2020
24763Thaynara DiasWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ95KG4F2020
24764Ingridd SousaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ95KGSF2020
25532Thayara DiasWAmericanaGrand Slam AD95KGRR2021
25533Michele XavierWPts: 3x1Grand Slam AD95KGF2021
25599Michele XavierWPts: 7x0WP BR Qualifier95KGRR2021
25600Thaynara DiasWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier95KGRR2021
25670Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWPts: 4x0World Pro95KGRR2021
25673E. ChristodoulouWChokeWorld Pro95KGRR2021
26455Adriane AlvesWChoke from backSA Cont. Pro95KG4F2021
26456Ingridd AlvesIngridd AlvesWPts: 2x0SA Cont. Pro95KGSF2021
26458Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWPts: 4x2SA Cont. Pro95KGF2021
27228Sarah RiceWChokeGrand Slam MIA95KGRR2021
27229Tara WhiteWArmbarGrand Slam MIA95KGRR2021
27616Sarah RiceWChoke from backPan AmericanABS8F2021
27620Nathalie RibeiroWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2021
27624Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSSF2021
27625Ana VieiraAna VieiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSF2021
27678Y. PoznyakovaWChoke from backGrand Slam MSK95KGRR2021
27679Y. PoznyakovaWClock chokeGrand Slam MSK95KGRR2021
28069Joaquina BonfimWReverse triangleBrasileiroO79KGSF2021
28071Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWPts: 6x4BrasileiroO79KGF2021
28072Juliana AraujoWKneebarBrasileiroABS4F2021
28076Graciele FavaWChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2021
28077Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWInjuryBrasileiroABSF2021
28596Graciele CarvalhoWPts: 5x0Grand Slam RJ95KGSF2021
28597Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ95KGF2021
29214Claire ThevenonWChoke from backWorld Pro95KGRR2021
29218Yasmira DiasWPts: 1x0World Pro95KGRR2021
29220Lama QubbajWChoke from backWorld Pro95KGRR2021
29535Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWN/AWorld Champ.ABS4F2021
29536Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaWChokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2021
29586Mayara CustodioWVerbal tapWorld Champ.O79KGSF2021
29853Juliana AraujoWPts: 8x2Guarapari Pro95KGF2022
30613Cintia HonoratoWSubmissionGramado Pro95KGF2022
31091Yasmira DiasWKneebarGrand Slam LDN95KGSF2022
31608Elizabeth MitrovWBow and arrowPan AmericanABS4F2022
31610Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWBow and arrowPan AmericanABSSF2022
31643Mayara CustodioWBow and arrowPan AmericanO79KGRR2022
32188Rebeca LimaWPts: 7x6Queen of Mats95KGRR2022
32190Thalyta LimaWPts: 2x1Queen of Mats95KGRR2022
32194Ingridd AlvesIngridd AlvesWPts: 3x2Queen of Mats95KGSF2022
32196Rafaela BertolotWChokeQueen of Mats95KGF2022
32295M. CantanhedeWPts: 10x0Grand Slam AD95KGSF2022
32297Silvia ScomparinWBow and arrowGrand Slam AD95KGF2022
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