He started training Jiu Jitsu in his early teens at Romero “Jacaré” Cavalcanti academy, though his introduction class was given by Leonardo Vieira (who was a purple belt at the time). 


Chico Mendes received all his yellow (in 1994) and blue belts (in 1996) from the Alliance master Romero Cavalcanti and Leo Vieira, and after master Jacaré went to the United States and Leozinho to Sao Paulo, Chico Mendes moved his training to Octavio "Ratinho" Couto’s gym. Training there he achieved both his purple (in 1998) and his brown belt (1999). In 2003/2004 he moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil to be reunited with Leo Vieira.


In December 2004 Chico Mendes was awarded his black belt by Vieira. In the beginning of 2011 after some time travelling and displaying his Jiu-Jitsu in seminars around the world, Chico settled in England, United Kingdom, teaching at Checkmat Chico Mendes BJJ Bristol.


July 2017 Chico Mendes moved to United States (Allen, Texas) with his family. In April 2018 professor Janilson Bie asked him to be his partner and take over the Jiu-Jitsu Program at Gulf Breeze Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


Chico Mendes was one of the most active fighter and referee under International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu federation (IBJJF). He still competing but his target now is improve his students and team.


Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Chico Mendes


  • 2 x IBJJF World Champion

  • 3 x JJWL World Champion

  • 10 x IBJJF World medalist

  • Pan Ams IBJJF Champion

  • 6 x European Champion

  • #1 Ranked Athlete NOGI IBJJF Season 2018/2019 Master 2

  • #2 Ranked Athlete NOGI IBJJF Season 2017/2018 Master 1

  • #2 Ranked Athlete NOGI IBJJF Season 2017/2018 Master 2

  • Over than 140 IBJJF medals as Black Belt​


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Janilson "Bie" was born in the Brazil in the state of Minas Gerais. He was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by professor Paulo Mushu, from Charlotte, NC where he began training in 2010.


Bie's passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has earned him a Black Belt, and taken him across the country to compete in various tournaments such as Worlds Master, Pan Ams, Naga and much more.


Bie has achieved multiple victories in IBJJF and Naga. His competitive spirit and drive ranked him to a 2017 silver medalist on IBJJF World Master Championship


Bie is the proud founder and owner of Checkmat Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Gulf Breeze – Florida.


Bie is 100% dedicated to teaching his students and developing the Checkmat Team.


Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Roni Cardoso > Paulo Mushu > Janilson Bie 


  • IBJJF Silver Medalist World Master

  • IBJJF Bronze Medalist World NOGI

  • IBJJF Atlanta Open Champion

  • IBJJF New York Open Champion

  • IBJJF Charlotte Open Champion

  • IBJJF Miami Open Champion

  • IBJJF Dallas Open Champion

  • IBJJF Nashville Champion

  • IBJJF Nashville Open Silver Medalist

  • IBJJF Orlando Open Silver Medalist

  • IBJJF New Orleans Open Champion

  • IBJJF New Orleans Open Silver Medalist


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Evan Kincade started training in February 2010 under Jeremy Barden an RJJA purple belt at the time.


Then moved to Virginia Sept 2011 and began training under Professor Alan Merullo (RJJA Black Belt). Received his blue belt in August 2012. He was an assistant kids instructor for two years before becoming the program leader. Then Feb. 2016 he was promoted to purple belt by Professor Merullo.


In May 2016 he moved to Florida and began training with Gulf Breeze Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He started working with the Checkmat Kids program in 2017.


In September 2018 was promoted to brown belt by Professor Chico Mendes and Professor Janilson Bie.


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