Paulo Miyao Blasts Major BJJ Promotion For $1k to show + $1k to Win Offer

Paulo Miyao Blasts Major BJJ Promotion For $1k to show + $1k to Win Offer

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt star Paulo Miyao recently criticized a prominent jiu-jitsu promotion for its compensation package offer. The promotion offered $1,000 to participate and an additional $1,000 for winning a contract, which Miyao deemed inadequate. This sparked debate in the BJJ community about the value placed on athletes’ skills and dedication in the sport.

Miyao shared his views on social media:

“Have you thought about dedicating 15 interrupted years of your life to a profession? Recognized as one of the world’s best in the area. Having taught in over 20 different countries.

Have your own school with over 150 students in less than a year of operation.

Having a social media with almost half a million followers and being one of the most active content producing in the area.

Imagine all this and getting an invite to test your knowledge with another field expert at one of the world’s largest conferences for $1,000.

It ain’t little money but in my opinion it’s little consideration.

This was an offer I had to fight in one of the biggest jiu jitsu events in the world.

Although it makes me a little sad because, as I said, I dedicated 15 years of my life to this sport, it also leaves me at peace and with a clear conscience that I have decided to turn away from competitions relatively young and have devoted myself to studying and improving myself in others areas.

Miyao accompanied the post with a picture of the text exchange with the promoter confirming the 1000$ offer.

Miyao clarified in comments: “My intention with this post is not to expose anyone, but to alert young people who deceive themselves that competition alone will guarantee them a future.”

Many top BJJ competitors also weighed in. Dillon Danis sarcastically commented “Legends.” Fabio Gurgel praised Miyao for speaking out, saying he had advocated for improved athlete compensation. Adam Wardzinski noted such low offers are common, though veterans with Miyao’s accomplishments could earn more from seminars without the stress of competing.

Felipe Andrew commented that promoters feel entitled due to competitors fighting for free in IBJJF events, which help build name recognition. However, promoters only contact athletes because of their success competing without compensation. Aj Agazarm said some promoters promise payment but never deliver, hiding behind an organization’s name while personally profiting at athletes’ expense. He and Miyao agreed solidarity and advocacy are needed to improve conditions in the sport.