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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community, is a black belt who’s grade was awarded by Benevenuto Antunes. D’avila, an accomplished grappler with medals at the highest level of the sport (US Nationals, Brazilian Nationals, Pan American Championships and World Champipnships), is also a coach at the world class Atos Academy in San Diego, California, having cornered several of the team’s top athletes such as André GalvãoKeenan CorneliusGuilherme and Rafael Mendes in their grappling competitions.

Leo D’avila Jiu Jitsu

Name: Leonardo D’avila

Nickname: ‘Leo’ is a common way to shorten the name Leonardo in Portuguese.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > José de Oliveira > Cirval Justino > Benevenuto Antunes > Leo D’avila

Main Achievements:

  • Worlds NoGi Bronze Medalist (2012 IBJJF)
  • Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Bronze Medalist (2014 IBJJF)
  • Pan American NoGi Silver Medalist (2013 IBJJF)
  • Pan American Jiu-Jitsu NoGi Bronze Medalist (2011 IBJJF)
  • North American Champion (2012 Weight & Absolute NABJJF)
  • Brazilian Nationals NoGi Silver Medalist (2013 IBJJF/CBJJ)
  • Brazilian Nationals Silver Medalist (2000 IBJJF/CBJJ)
  • Brazilian Nationals Champion (1998 IBJJF/CBJJ)
  • American Nationals NoGi Silver Medalist (2013 IBJJF)
  • American Nationals Silver Medalist (2013 IBJJF)
  • American Nationals NoGi Silver Medalist (2012 IBJJF)
  • American Nationals Bronze Medalist (2012 IBJJF)
  • Champion of Rio de Janeiro State League – 7x (LERJJI)
  • Rio de Janeiro State Champion – 4x (FJJRio)
  • Rio de Janeiro State Judô Champion 2006 (LFJ)
  • Las Vegas Summer Open Champion (2013 IBJJF)
  • San Francisco Open Champion (2013 IBJJF)
  • Chicago Summer Open Champion (2013 IBJJF)
  • Chicago Summer NoGi Champion (2013 IBJJF)
  •  Brazilian Nationals Interclubs Champion (2009 LBJJ)

Favorite Position/Technique: Deep Half Guard

Weight Division: Super Pesado (Super Heavy up to 100kg/221lbs), Pesadissímo (Ultra Heavy over 100kg/221lbs)

Team/Association: Atos Jiu Jitsu

Leo D’avila Biography

Leo D’avila was born on the 29th of April 1985, in the city of Niteroi, a historical hub for famous BJJ fighters since the 1970’s located in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Leonardo started his grappling training from when he was 9 years old (1994) at the Clube Condor de Jiu Jitsu with Master Benevenuto Antunes, he went from white to yellow belt under Antunes’ leadership but a knee injury would stop Antunes’ on his tracks for a while.

The world champion coach, Jose “Zé” Marcello became D’avila’s coach when he 14 years of age, awarding him his blue belt when he was 15. Marcello was student of Sergio “Bolao” Souza, black belt of Master Carlson Gracie who followed the same method and llineage as D’avila’s original Master (Antunes). Marcello would leave the country two years later to coach abroad and with his departure led Leo to return to his first coach Master Benevenuto with whom he stayed from their on. Antunes awarded him his purple belt when he was only 17 years old, brown two years later and finally his black belt at the age of 20.

Leo D’avila during the period of the purple to black belt use to train in the same time at BTT (Brazilian Top Team) under the leadership of the Master Jose Mario Sperry. D’avila also was student for a good time from Master Luiz Paulo Baptista, Black Belt 5° degree.

Leo D’avila became an avid competitor and medallist within the Brazilian National Jiu Jitsu circuit, but finding it hard to live from the sport in his home country and compete in the main tournaments as Panams and Worlds at this time, in the begging of 2010 he decided to live of the BJJ lifestyle and start travel to compete and became to be one of the best in the world scenary.

His journey starts at the European Open Championship, January 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal. Right after went to Spain to teach his firsts seminars. He later steps up to the United States where he joined the Atos Jiu-Jitsu side, one of the prime teams in the sport, becoming a coach at the team’s headquarters in San Diego, CA, while maintaining an active career as a competitor, collecting podium spots, including 27 IBJJF medals (Jiu Jitsu’s most relevant federation) in 2 years, between 2012 and 2014.

He also became one of the International Federation’s most respected and sought out referees.

Leo D’avila vs Idriz Redzovic

Leo D’Avilla vs Fernando Burgemeister

Leo D’Avilla vs Danilo Wladison

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