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Twin brothers Joao and Paulo Miyao are passionate about Jiu-Jitsu. Their life is restricted to the mats, and all they do is eat, sleep and obsessively train.
They won everything at lower belts and started dominating at black belt.
Here is what their instructor Cicero Costha, had to say about the personality and extreme training habits of his students:
In an article with Tatame Magazine:
“It’s hard to talk to them. They are very concentrated on training and improving”
“They think about Jiu-Jitsu all the time, do the same things. From time to time, go online to talk with family and see videos of positions. They are inseparable. They eat the same food, sleep in the same place …”
About how the Miyaos choose to live in the gym after all these years:
“They have a better financial condition now, but they are accustomed and like to stay in the gym. I’ve tried to find an apartment for them, but they would not take it. I asked twice … I do not ask any more. They do not want to miss a minute of training and feel good there, so I let them. “
Teammate Luiza Monteiro:
“They are very focused, dedicated, methodical. I’ve never seen them rest. Once, I saw Joao wasn’t training and found it strange. I realized he was putting ice on his knee. The training starts at noon and ends 15h. They go beyond time. Half an hour before the training 17h, they are already in the kimono. That ends at 19h, and they continue testing positions and go on until later. They have an open mind to Jiu-Jitsu. They are great inspirations and good training partners, help everyone. Whenever I’m tired, I think, ‘The Miyao are training. And they are champions’, ”
“Once, when they went to Abu Dhabi, they trained from 10 am to 10 pm. It was amazing. They trained with everyone who came, like some robots making positions repeatedly. ”
“I’ve never seen them outside the academy. They eat the food right there in the gym. From time to time, go to the market. They train hard all day. On Sundays, I think they go to church, “
The Miyaos on why they still live in the gym after all these years:
Paulo Miyao: “I wake up and I start training, it is easier for me. No need to take bus or other transportation.”
Joao: “I am very comfortable in the gym. Here we are 24/7 focused on Jiu-Jitsu.”
“Right now, I’m just thinking about the title”
“The focus has to be 100% in Jiu-Jitsu, I can not worry about other things.”
It’s quite hard to tell the two twin brothers apart. They are identical twins, but one little detail separates them: Paulo is missing a front tooth.
For Paulo, going to the dentist to fix his tooth and get a colgate smile is not worth and means that he would have to take time of training. According to Paulo, the price is too high.
“The tooth makes no difference in my Jiu-Jitsu. And I like this look because a warrior cannot have a body with no scars”