Felipe Pena, also known as Felipe Preguiça, is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt from the Gracie Barra academy in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, who was regarded as one of the biggest prospects in the jiu jitsu world while he was still a brown belt, after tremendous performances in tournaments such as the World Championships and the Copa Podio. Felipe Pena is also the brother of another figure of BJJ, Augusto “Tio Chico”.
Felipe “Preguiça” Pena Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Felipe Carsalade Pena
Nickname: “Preguiça” means lazy, or sloth. The nickname was given by Vinicus “Draculino” when Felipe Pena started practicing jiu jitsu as a teenager, the reason being he was very lazy and slow from being overweight. The nickname ended up motivating Felipe to train harder.
- World Champion (2012 brown, 2011 purple – weight & absolute)
- South American Champion (2012 brown – weight & absolute, 2011 brown – weight & absolute)
- Pan American Champion (2012 brown, 2011 purple)
- European Open Champion (2012 brown)
- Brazilian National Champion (2012 brown)
- World Silver Medallist (2012 brown absolute)
- Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2010 purple)
Favorite Technique/Position: Open guard & tacking the back.
Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg/194lbs)
Team/Association: Gracie Barra
Felipe Pena “Preguiça” Biography
Felipe Pena was born on the 19th of October in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 14, strongly influenced by his brother Augusto Vieira, also known as “Tio Chico” (Uncle Fester). Preguiça’s first coach was Mauro Gerald, who was responsible for the kids BJJ program at Gracie Barra Belo Horizonte, however, once Felipe Pena reached blue belt level, Marcelo “Uirapuru” and Sérgio Benini became his mentors.
Ever since Felipe Preguiça started training with the adults team at the academy, he decided that he wanted to follow the career of a Jiu Jitsu competitor. Through hard work, dedication and his natural talent Felipe quickly started making his mark in Jiu Jitsu, winning important tournaments at purple belt and brown belt, before earning his black belt from the hands of Master Draculino and Marcelo Azevedo (Uirapuru). Felipe has also found inspiration in his BJJ style in another product of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy of Gracie Barra at Belo Horizonte, Mr Romulo Barral.
Felipe Pena vs Felipe Sagat
Felipe Pena vs Charles Negromonte
Felipe Pena vs Thiago Almeida