In an intriguing display of skill and confidence, Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Joao Miyao, known for his nerdy appearance, presented a captivating challenge at a nearby park. Miyao offered a $100 reward to anyone who could successfully make him tap in a grappling match, sparking curiosity and excitement among the locals.
João Miyao, along with his twin brother Paulo, was born in Andirá, Paraná, Brazil. They started practicing Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 16 and moved to São Paulo to pursue their dream of becoming professional grapplers. They gained recognition for their impressive skills and won championships with their unique techniques. Both João and Paulo achieved their black belts in June 2013.
Throughout his career, the 32-year-old Miyao has established himself as a prominent figure in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community, amassing an impressive track record of victories in various prestigious tournaments.
Having competed in renowned events such as the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Pan-American, and Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Miyao has consistently secured gold medals, solidifying his status as a formidable competitor.
In a lighthearted gesture, Miyao decided to engage with individuals at the local park, enticing them with the prospect of a $100 prize. Holding a large sign board that displayed the challenge, he set up a mat, ready to put his skills to the test.
Miyao’s unassuming appearance, with his glasses and unimposing physique, made it difficult for those unaware of his reputation to perceive him as a threat. Consequently, several park-goers took up the challenge, eager to try their luck against the seemingly unassuming champion.
As anticipated, Miyao effortlessly overcame each opponent, leaving them unable to make him tap. Despite their best efforts, they found themselves on the receiving end of Miyao’s expertise, succumbing to his submissions.
This intriguing challenge bears similarities to a previous endeavor by renowned black belt Sebastian Brosche, the creator of the widely recognized website “Yoga For BJJ.” Brosche, a competitor himself, has made notable contributions to both the worlds of Yoga and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In the past, he also invited individuals at the park to submit him in exchange for a $20 reward.
Brosche humorously remarked, “This kid was too cocky for his own good, so I challenged him for a $20 smackdown. Stay tuned for round two, where you will witness a haraigoshi makekomi like you’ve never seen before!” The spirit of friendly challenges among esteemed practitioners continues to captivate both the jiu-jitsu community and enthusiasts alike.
The park challenge undertaken by Paulo Miyao not only showcases his technical prowess but also demonstrates the inclusive and engaging nature of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community. Through such interactions, talented practitioners like Miyao and Brosche inspire others to embrace the discipline and push the boundaries of their abilities.