Leo Leite in Detail
Main Titles in Jiu Jitsu:
- 2x World Champion (1999, 2000)
- 3x Brazilian National Champion (1996 purple belt, 2000, 2009)
- 3x World Silver Medallist (2003, 2006, 2008)
Weight Division: Pesadíssimo, over 100kg-221lbs
Favourite Technique: Knee Slide Guard Pass and Relógio Choke
Leonardo Leite’s Biography
Leonardo Leite first entered the world of martial arts through Judo. Leite’s father practiced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for most of his life, but decided to take him to the “Clube Federal” to practice the Japanese martial art with professor Omar. Leonardo was around 6 years old then. He trained and competed in internal tournaments at the “Clube Federal” but opted to change after a while as the club could not take part in tournaments organized by the National Federation.
Leonardo moved to the Flamengo club, then the AABB in Lagoa (Rio de Janeiro), Gama Filho and Tijuca Tenis Clube. When Leo Leite was 16 years old, his father took him to the Alliance Academy in Rio de Janeiro, where Leo was introduced to the art of submissions by Alexandre Paiva. The knowledge of submissions was a big boost for Leo Leite’s Judo, and his interest in BJJ grew. He decided to compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when he was a blue belt adding success in that field to his already impressive Judo resume.
In 1999 Leite decided to compete in the Mundial, Jiu Jitsu’s most important competition, for the first time. He was a brown belt then and he believed that he would be competing in that division, but his master “Gigi” Paiva had other plans for him, and two weeks before the event he promoted him to black belt. Even though Leonardo did not believe he was ready for such a big challenge his master proved him wrong and Leonardo Leite won the competition, winning in the final against a legend in the sport, Zé Mario Sperry.
Leonardo Leite has been involved with the Judo National Team (Brazil), though he always finds time to compete in BJJ from time to time and to achieve the podium in big tournaments such as the Brazilian Nationals (2009). Leo Leite is also recognized for his relationship with World Champion female fighter Kyra Gracie.
Leo Leite vs Paulo Ricardo
Leo Leite vs Thiago Ferreira
Leo Leite vs Victor Hugo