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Ricardo Vieira

Ricardo Vieira also known as “Ricardinho” or “Rico” Vieira in the jiu jitsu world, is a 9x World BJJ Champion (six times with IBJJF and three times with CBJJO) and one of the top grappling coaches in the world. Ricardo Vieira, together with his brother Leozinho Vieira lead the famous Checkmat academy, Ricardinho from Rio de Janeiro at Fightzone and Leozinho from California, US.

Ricardo Vieira Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Ricardo Alcantara Vieira

Nicknames: Ricardinho and Rico – The suffix “inho” in Portuguese is usually used as a gentle and warm way of saying someone’s name. It can also mean little, like “Little Ricardo”. Rico is another way of saying Ricardo.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2001 Black, 2000 & 1999 Brown, 1998 Purple, 1997 & 1996 Blue – CBJJ/IBJJF)
  • Pan American Champion (2002)
  • World Cup Champion (2004, 2005, 2006 CBJJO)
  • Brazilian National Nogi Champion (2011 Master)

Weight Category: Super Featherweight (64Kg – 141lbs).

Team/Association: Vieira Bros – Checkmat Jiu Jitsu

Ricardo Vieira Biography

Ricardo Vieira was born on the 9th of January 1979 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. He is the brother of Jiu Jitsu black belts: Leonardo Vieira and Leandro Vieira. Ricardo first stepped on a jiu jitsu mat at the age of 5, with the legendary Romero Cavalcanti as his coach. His aptitude for BJJ shinned through right from the get go, with multiple trophies won in the junior leagues, including the Mundial (world Championships) a competition he won in every belt division he competed, from Blue Belt to Black Belt.

After two straight years in the podium of the “Mundial” as a Brown Belt (1998 and 1999), Ricardo was promoted by his instructor to Black Belt. In the major league of Jiu Jitsu, he faced the most fierce Super Featherweight fighter in history, Robson Moura. This epic battle took place in 2001 World Championship’s semi finals, with the victory going to Ricardinho in the final seconds, as he went on to win the title.

After a few years as a black belt with many more medals around his neck (including the World Cup – CBJJO) Ricardo Vieira slowly started disappearing from the Jiu Jitsu competitive scene, this happened mainly because he started coaching at his academy, assisting Mr Cavalcanti. After his master left to the USA (where he formed an academy in Atlanta), Ricardinho took the helm, with Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros by his side ( “Comprido” also moved to the US later on, leaving Ricardinho to lead the Rio de Janeiro team by himself).

In 2002 Ricardo was one of the fighters who left the Alliance Team (with most of the main fighters in the team tagging along) after an internal dispute, taking the opportunity to form “VB Team” with the help of his brothers (the V.B. stands for “Vieira Brothers”). The VB Team then associated with Brasa which was also formed off the split with Alliance. Ricardo worked with Brasa for the most of 4 years, after which he left to be part of Checkmat.

Ricardo Vieira is also a synonym of charity, as he has took over Fernando Augusto’s project in the Cantagalo Slums in Rio de Janeiro. A project raised to take children off the streets and away from gun crime, a very common end for kids in this impoverished part of the city. The project is based on Jiu Jitsu, teaching those that cannot afford being taught for free while building their social skills and teaching them the benefits of citizenship.

Ricardo Vieira’s and VB Team’s saying is “Nunca desista dos seus sonhos” – Never give up your dreams, a testament that Ricardo abides by.

In 2009 Ricardo made reappearance to a BJJ competition in Stockholm, Sweden, winning the absolute division in the Stockholm BJJ Open, he also made another appearance in 2011 at the Brazilian National Nogi Championships where he won the Master’s division as a lightweight.

Fight Zone Copacabana – Rio de Janeiro

Address:
Rua Francisco Sa, 36
Copacabana – Rio de Janeiro

Schedule:
Tues-Fri: 7am to 8.30am
Mon-Fri: 10.30am to 12pm
Mon-Fri: 4.30pm to 6pm
Mon-Fri: 8pm to 9.30pm

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Ricardo Vieira vs Bernardo Pitel

Ricardo Vieira Fighting Video 1

Ricardo Vieira Fighting Video 2

This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)

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