Interview: João Miyao
Kenny Polmans van Bad Boys JJ / Brasa had het genoegen om vorige week een hoop tijd te besteden met João Miyao. Na zijn succes op de IBJJF EK, waar hij goud pakte in de brown belt -64 klasse en zilver in de open klasse, ging hij naar Belgie en Nederland voor wat seminars.
Who are you? Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
My name is João Miyao, I’m 21 years old. I’m a brown belt in jiu-jitsu. I was born in Parana, in a town called Andirá. Currently I live in São Paulo together with my brother, where I am part of team Cicero Costha.
You and your brother Paulo are both top brown belts, considered among the world’s best. What do you think of this?
I don’t consider myself as one of the best brown belts in the world, especially because I’ve only been a brown belt for 2 months. I still have to prove myself in the brown belt division. I have to train hard to have a chance at winning some major competitions this year, my biggest focus will be on the PanAms and Worlds. I hope I can meet the expectations …
Can you tell us a little bit more about your background in jiu jitsu?
Me and my brother started in jiu jitsu with Professor Adriano Carvalho in my hometown Andirá at age 16. It’s great to have a brother who also trains because we motivate eachother. When one is discouraged, the other lifts his spirit, this is very good and important.
Can you describe a normal day in your life?
I train jiu jitsu 2 times a day and do a Strenght and Conditioning workout. I think we don’t do anything more than other high-level competitors.
This the first time that you are in Europe. What do you think of the level of Jiu Jitsu in comparison to other parts of the world that you visited?
The jiu-jitsu here is highly evolved. The academies I visited all had very technical and strong guys. I think the growth of jiu jitsu in Europe is very good for the evolution of the sport itself.
You are known for your berimbolos and your very typical style of fighting. When and how did you start playing this type of game?
Ever since I started I really liked the style of Rafael and Guilherme Mendes.
I actually learned my first berimbolo from one of their youtube videos.
After I came to São Paulo, I further developed my game with the help of Murilo Santana, who gave me some details of the position and today it is what it is, a mixture of Mendes’s berimbolo with some details of Professor Murilo Santana.
Who are the major examples in jiu jitsu you look up to?
As I said I really like the style of the Mendes Brothers and Murilo Santana, but I must mention my teammates Leandro Lo, Thiago Barros, Mauricio Christo among others who have very refined jiu-jitsu.
What are your plans for 2013?
I just ask good health and protection from God so I can train hard during the year and fight at all the big tournaments. Offcourse the main focus will be on the PanAms and Worlds.
Final words? People or sponsors you want to thank?
I want to thank God first, then my team Costha Cicero.My sponsors Shoyoroll and Moskova for their support.
And good training to all!
Thanks Kenny voor het interview!
Sources: BJJPix for the pictures!
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