It seems that in jiu-jitsu, having a sibling to train with is priceless. You have someone to constantly push you and keep you on your toes because the rivalry between siblings can become intense. You can also have a partner to train with almost any time. If the gym is closed, you can always train at home with your brother or sister. Below is a list of five sibling pairs that everyone in the jiu-jitsu world should know.
These brothers are both from Gracie Barra and have carried the Barra flag with pride. Braulio is the older brother with four world titles under his belt. Victor is the younger Estima brother and also has several world titles under his belt like the no-gi world championship (2011) and the European championship (2012). However, Braulio is more celebrated than his brother, especially for his performances at the ADCC and catching Andre Galvao with an inverted triangle - something very hard to pull-off in no-gi, especially against an athlete of Galvao’s caliber.
These brothers represent Gracie Humaita. Saulo Ribeiro is the elder, with five world titles under his belt – 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002. Xande Ribeiro’s victories came in the later years, being two-time absolute champion in 2006 and 2008. He also has world titles at his belt in the years of 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Each brother has his own style but both like to generally stick to the basics.
This is the newest sibling power on the block. This is their first year as black belts and they did not disappoint. Already, both athletes were able to get silver at the worlds in their respective divisions. Both teammates hail from the Cicero Costha academy located in Sao Paulo. Another notable name from this team is Leandro Lo. Both Miyao brothers are famous for their deadly berimbolo game and they are just getting started. These brothers, unlike the others mentioned in this list, are twins.
These are the two most popular brothers in jiu-jitsu today. No one even refers to them by their individual names any more – they are just known as the Mendes Brothers. Guilherme is the older brother and has four world championships under his belt (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014). Rafael, also known as Rafa, is the younger brother and is also a four-time world champion in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. However, Rafa also has the prestigious title under his belt as two-time ADCC champion in 2009 and 2010. These brothers run one of the world’s most popular academies in Costa Mesa, California – an RVCA sponsored gym.
These two brothers are the pioneers of the list. They are founders of Checkmat, one of the world’s top jiu-jitsu teams. Leo Vieira is the older brother and is the 1999 black belt world champion. But he is remembered more for his prowess in the ADCC where he was champion in 2003 and 2005. Ricardo Vieira is the younger brother and was black belt champion in 2001. He was also world champion at every belt division before that. These siblings were able to leave a real legacy with their name by having top competitors in the Checkmat team and turning it into a global organization.