Over the years, many brothers in Martial Arts have proven that being part of a family culture combat sports can go a long way in crafting the perfect fighting machine.
The Mendes Brothers
Rafael and Guilherme Mendes are two of the most talented BJJ athletes in the sport today. Known for their dynamic and highly technical style of BJJ, the brothers have won the highest levels of competition, beating some of the most legendary competitors such as Cobrinha Charles, Robson Moura, and Leonardo Vieira. Today, both brothers run the famed BJJ academy Art Of Jiu-Jitsu in California.
The Ribeiro Brothers
Both Saulo and Xande Ribeiro are multiple-time BJJ World Champions. Saulo is known for his accomplishment of winning six world titles in five different weight categories, a feat that has yet to be beaten. His younger brother, Xande, still actively competes and is known for his impassable guard. He is a 7-time World Champion and is known to be one of the greatest BJJ competitors of all time.
The Miyao Brothers
Twin brothers Paulo and Joao Miyao are known for their incredible story, surpassing insurmountable odds to becoming BJJ World Champions. They started their BJJ journey at 14 years old and at 19, moved to Cicero Costha’s social project in Sao Paulo to train BJJ full-time. The brothers are known for winning every major BJJ tournament from blue to brown belt, and for competing in the open weight divisions, despite their size. They are also known for their amazing technical skills and usage of the berimbolo.
The Nogueira Brothers
Antonio Rogerio “Lil’ Nog” Nogueira, lighter of the Brazilian twins, has become one of the best light heavyweight contenders in MMA. He’s fought and defeated legends such as Kazushi Sakuraba, Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson, Tito Ortiz, and Rashad Evans. “Minotauro” Rodrigo Nogueira has amassed a record of 34-10, with notable wins over fighters such as Mark Coleman, Heath Herring, Dan Henderson, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Sergei Kharitonov, Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett, Randy Couture, and Tim Sylvia.