Kaynan Duarte: Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!
Who is Kaynan Duarte?
Kaynan Duarte is a Brazilian-born Jiu-Jitsu player from Sao, Paolo. He moved to the United States to continue his professional grappling career and is a member of the Atos Jiu-Jitsu academy out of San Diego. He turned heads in the grappling community in 2017 when he began a run of tournament success that has rarely been achieved. His multiple gold medals across the highest-level grappling competitions, both gi and no-gi, as well as his outstanding 102-12 record.
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Originally a student of a local coach, Jose Luis, he now trains under Andre Galvao, who is one of the most well-respected competitors and instructors in the world. Duarte’s abilities, strategy, and competition resume have exploded under the watchful eye of a Jiu-Jitsu legend in Galvao.
As a child in Brazil, Duarte learned to love martial arts from his cousins. He credits the culture of his family and the pressure from his older relatives for his initial interest in the sport of Judo. Soon after learning the basics of Judo, Kayan’s interest and focus turned to Jiu-Jitsu. He also had a cousin who was an active BJJ player, making the transition between sports that much smoother.
When he made the switch to Jiu-Jitsu, Duarte found himself under the eye of an unaffiliated local coach, Jose Luis. When his skills progressed to blue belt, Duarte began to travel longer distances to train, often making his way to Cicero Costa’s gym in order to find the toughest competition that he could. His final coaching transition happened when he met Paulo Ledesma, an Atos affiliate who introduced him to Andre Galvao. Duarte packed up and, along with his first coach Jose Luis, headed to Atos headquarters in San Diego, California.
After training with Galvao at Atos HQ in preparation for the UAEJJF Grand Slam in Los Angeles, Duarte was invited to join the team and begin training for the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship. Galvao took an interest in this talent and took Duarte under his wing. Kaynan first gained steam in the professional Jiu-Jitsu world when he won the 2017 ADCC trials in Rio de Janeiro as a purple belt. Galvao awarded him his brown belt while he stood atop the podium. This process repeated with Duarte being promoted to black belt one year later, standing on the same stage.
In 2019, as a newly-minted black belt, Kaynan Duarte turned heads when he won ADCC gold in both the heavyweight and absolute divisions. This seemed like a culmination of his young career and established his dominance as one of the greatest grapplers of this era.
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How Old is Kaynan Duarte?
Kaynan Duarte is 23 years old as of 2021. He was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in January of 1998.
Kaynan Duarte Family
Kaynan has been private about his family life, and not revealed any information about his immediate family. He has stated in interviews that his cousins were the first people to get him into judo as a teenager.
How Much is Kaynan Duarte Worth?
Kaynan Duarte’s net worth is unknown. He is a young competitor who has a coaching and business career on the horizon after his competition days are done.
How Tall is Kaynan Duarte?
Kaynan Duarte is 6’1”, making him about average height for a heavyweight.
How Much Does Kaynan Duarte Weigh?
Kaynan Duarte now competes at the heavyweight division, most commonly 94 kg, or 208 pounds. In the early part of his career, Kaynan fought at middleweight: 185 lbs, or 84 kg. He has also competed heavily in absolute divisions in both gi and no-gi tournaments.
Kaynan Duarte Fight List
Kaynan Duarte has had well over 100 professional grappling matches since going pro, and maintained a very active pace. There are too many matches to list here individually. Check out the list below for some of his best accomplishments in the sport. As you can see from the list, his competition career was slowed down dramatically by the pandemic in early 2020. We’re all eagerly awaiting a strong return to competition for Duarte in 2021.
All titles are in Duarte’s weight division, unless otherwise specified:
- 1st Place - UAEJJF Grand Slam
- 1st Place - ACB World Championship - Absolutes
- 1st Place - IBJJF Las Vegas Summer Open - Weight & Absolutes
- 1st Place - New York BJJ Pro
- 2nd Place - Copa Podio Grand Prix
- 2nd Place - IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi - Absolutes
- 3rd Place - IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi
- 1st Place - ADCC World Championship
- 1st Place - IBJJF World Championship - Weight & Absolutes *
- 1st Place - IBJJF Pans Championship
- 1st Place - UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro
- 1st Place - Kasai Pro 5 Grand Prix
- 1st Place - Spyder Invitational Grand Prix
- 2nd Place - UAEJJF King of Mats
- 1st Place - IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi - Weight & Absolutes
- 1st Place - Third Coast grappling 6 Grand Prix
- 2nd Place - Who’s Number One Championships
Kaynan Duarte's Best Fight of All Time
Kayunan Duarte has achieved an amazing level of success in the sport and it’s hard to identify one moment that stands out as the best match. One match that has to make Duarte proud is his second match against Rodolfo Viera in 2020 while competing at WNO. Viera is a widely respected and decorated Jiu Jitsu player but Duarte was able to take his back and secure a rear naked choke extremely quickly, only two and half minutes into the match, for the victory.
Who Did Kaynan Duarte Lose To?
Kaynan Duarte has competed and won… a lot. This type of success put a target on Duarte’s back, making the few losses of his career stand out like milestones. He has an incredible tournament record and has been called a once-in-a-lifetime athlete by his mentor and coach, Andre Galvao. Still, even the greats have missteps.
In 2018, Duarte and Gordon Ryan were both bursting onto the competition scene with a string of dominating victories that led them to clash at the ADCC No-Gi Championship. The match was back and forth with Duarte attempting to submit Ryan from the bottom several times. About ten minutes in, Gordon disconnected from Duarte and scrambled to his back for a rear naked choke. This moment added to the rivalry between Galvao’s Team Atos and the now-disbanded Danaher Death Squad.
At ADCC in 2019, Duarte was heavily favored to win his absolute match over the much smaller Lachlan Giles, who was competing out of the 77kg division. Although he was significantly smaller, Giles was able to secure his signature 50/50 heel hook and end the match with a submission. Duarte would have his revenge in 2020 when he was able to win a match against Giles’ prodigy, Craig Jones, via submission.
A more recent frustration for Duarte came in September of 2021 at the Who’s Number One (WNO) Championships. Kaynan was matched in the first round with 10th planet’s Kyle Boehm and won a decision to move on to the semifinals. There, he faced Giancarlo Bodoni of Danaher’s New Wave Jiu Jitsu. Again, Duarte was able to score enough points to win the decision and advance to the finals where he was a heavy favorite to represent his team, Atos, against Team Lloyd Irvin’s Tim Spriggs.
Spriggs had earned a submission in the first round and a decision in the simi-finals before being matched with Duarte for the $30,000 prize. The match began as expected, with Kaynan pushing the action but that wouldn’t last long. At 7:21 seconds into the match, Spriggs hit a heel hook and scored a major surprise victory for himself and his team. Duarte will no doubt use this recent setback as fuel to continue dominating the competitive grappling scene.
Kaynan Duarte Record
Kaynan Duarte has one of the most impressive win rates of all time. He has been incredibly active as a competitor and compiled an impressive 102 wins with only 13 losses. He has finished a majority of his opponents by points or decision, but still boasts a 35% submission rate across his career. He has only been submitted 5 times in competition.
Kaynan Duarte Injuries
Kaynan Duarte is in a sport that is filled with injuries and has been surrounded by them… just not his own. He’s “100% sure” he broke Kyle Bohem’s foot during their September 2021 match at the WNO championships and has had multiple opponents drop out for replacements due to injuries in training. So far, however, Kaynan Duarte has avoided any major problems himself. He has not missed any major time off or had to drop out of any bouts as a result of injuries.
Is Kaynan Duarte Retired?
Kaynan Duarte is not retired. He maintains an active tournament schedule and continues to take on other top-level competitors from all over the world. He recently lost in the final round of the WNO championships, which is likely to propel him to new heights and more success in the future.
Outside of his representation of Team Atos, Duarte has begun to set time aside to share his deep knowledge of the sport. While he is still a number of years away from coaching full time, Kaynan has stepped into the world of instruction with his instructional “The Modern Single Leg X Guard System”, which is available on BJJ Fanatics. In it, he extensively covers both gi and nogi setups, attacks, and sweeps that will bring your game to the next level.
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