Leonardo Nogueira is one of the many aces from Alliance’s Jiu Jitsu camp. A BJJ black belt under Fabio Gurgel, Mr Leo Nogueira has an extensive competitive record with many important trophies on his cabinet, his first big mark in the black belt division came as he won a gold medal at the Brazilian Nationals in the open weight division (2011), he has since won gold in the most prestigious of jiu jitsu events, the World BJJ Championships (2011 & 2012).
Leo Nogueira Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Leonardo Pires Nogueira
Nickname: Often called “Leo” which is short for Leonardo.
- 5x World Champion (2012 & 2011 black, 2009 brown/ absolute, 2008 brown, 2006 blue);
- 2x Brazilian National Champion (2011 absolute, 2012);
- Rio Open Champion (2008 brown/ absolute);
- European Champion (2011);
- Brazilian Silver Medallist (2010);
- Rio Open Silver Medallist (2010 absolute, 2008 brown);
- Brazilian National Bronze Medallist (2011);
- Rio Open Bronze Medallist (2010, 2009)
Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94kg, 207lbs)
Favourite Position/Technique: Tozzi Pass (Sao Paulo Guard Pass)
Team/Association: Alliance (formerly from Integração)
Leonardo Nogueira Biography
Leonardo Nogueira was born on the 12th of May 1987 in the beach town of Guarujá, state of Sao Paulo – Brazil. Leo Nogueira started training Jiu Jitsu when he was 16 years old under the illustrious master Elcio Figueiredo, from the Integração team in Santos (also state of Sao Paulo). His tall and lanky frame (Leo is 1,90m/6’2”) made him a dangerous guard player which allowed him to start tearing up BJJ tournaments from early in his career, achieving a gold medal at the world championships while still a blue belt.
By the end of 2007, Leo switched training camps to work with one of the best and most organized teams in the world (Alliance). The change was very beneficial to Leonardo whom together with his team mate Antonio Peindado terrorized the heavy weight and absolute divisions all over the world.
On the 1st of July 2009 (shortly after winning the brown belt open weight division of the BJJ Worlds) Leo Nogueira was graduated black belt in a ceremony where Sergio Santos also received his black belt.
Leo Nogueira – Rio Open 2010
Leo Nogueira vs Pedro Peres