Brothers in Arms: Joao & Paulo Miyao
When it comes to family in martial arts, there are two brothers who are absolutely dominant in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu scene. These brothers are the twins known as, Paulo and Joao Miyao. At 24 years old, these men have already became two of the most feared black belts in international competition.
Paulo and Joao were born in Andira, Brazil into a simple life, as their father was a farmer and their mother was a housewife. Their first foray into martial arts was Judo, but in their teens, the boys discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Paulo and Joao fell in love with the art, and soon, they moved to Sao Paulo to up their training. Upon moving to Sao Paulo, they began training with Cicero Costha at his academy, PSLPB.
After training under Costha, the brothers began winning many championships, with most starting as their time as purple belts. As purple belts, the medals started rolling in. Paulo took the World Championships in 2011 and 2012, the Brazilian Championships in 2011, and the Pan American Championships in 2012. Joao also took the World Championships in 2011 and 2012, and the Brazilian Championships in 2012 in gi and no gi. Their winning ways continued into brown belt, as more victories came their way. Finally in 2013 after much success, Paulo and Joao received their black belts together.
The Miyao brothers have had such success in big time competition due to the way that they compete. They have three areas which they highly excel. Both use the de la riva guard, the berimbolo, and chokes from the back. Paulo and Joao are very aggressive with their use of the berimbolo. The execution rate of the berimbolo to the back take is very high with them.
Their records are impressive as they have wins over some of the more well known names in Jiu Jitsu competition. Paulo has wins over Gianni Grippo and Kim Terra, while Joao has wins over Geo Martinez and Mark Ramos. With their highly technical style of BJJ, they are two of the toughest guys to go against on the mat. When you see a Miyao brother in a match, expect to see a beautiful display of modern day Jiu Jitsu.