His brother Paulo surprisingly lost in the first round of the -64kg division, so the responsibility of bringing the $8,000 prize home landed in João Miyao’s shoulders.
João had three matches and the semifinal was special because he got the chance to beat the man who defeated his brother, Thiago Barreto.
Then, in the final, João faced Tiago Bravo, a Brazilian who works in the UAE, teaching the gentle art in a school in Al Ain.
João’s game plan for the final worked almost perfectly.
See how it went.