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Half Guard Anthology Instructional by Lachlan Giles

Dante Leon is an accomplished Canadian grappler as well as a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, a rank awarded by Vitor Oliveira and Júlio César Pereira of GF Team – an academy he represented on numerous occasions across the world. Leon is widely recognized as one of the most talented athletes of his generation, a reputation earned while competing in the lower belt divisions of BJJ, a time when Dante earned titles at important tournaments in the IBJJF circuit and defeated well established competitors such as Josh Hayden and ADCC medalist Rustam Chsiev.

Dante Leon Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Dante Leon

Nickname: N/A

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Luis França > Oswaldo Fadda > Monir Salomão > Júlio César Pereira > Dante Leon

Lineage 2: M. Maeda > C. Gracie > Helio GracieCarlos Gracie Jr > Adilson Lima > Vitor Oliveira > Dante Leon

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF No-Gi Pans Champion (2018/2017)
  • USBJJF/IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Chicago Spring International Open Champion (2017**)
  • IBJJF Chicago Summer International Open Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Chicago Summer International Open No-Gi Champion (2018*)
  • IBJJF No-Gi World 3rd Place (2018)
  • USBJJF/IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi 3rd Place (2017*)

Main Achievements (Coloured Belts):

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2016 brown)
  • IBJJF Pans No-Gi Champion (2016 brown, 2015 purple)
  • IBJJF World Juvenile Champion (2012 blue)
  • IBJJF Pans Champion (2016 brown, 2013 blue)
  • IBJJF Pans Juvenile Champion (2012** blue)
  • IBJJF Chicago Spring International Open Champion (2017**/2016** brown)
  • IBJJF Chicago Spring International No-Gi Open Champion (2017/2016 brown)
  • IBJJF Chicago Summer International Open Champion (2017** brown)
  • IBJJF Chicago Summer International No-Gi Open Champion (2017** brown)
  • IBJJF NYC BJJ Pro Champion (2016 brown)
  • UAEJJF USA National Pro – Long Beach Champion (2016** brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2017 brown)
  • IBJJF Pans Championship Runner-up (2013* blue)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Runner-up (2016 brown)
  • IBJJF World Juvenile Championship Runner-up (2012* blue)
  • IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2015* purple)

* Weight
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rouded

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168,0 lbs)

Team/Association: GF Team

Dante Leon Biography

Dante Leon was born on May 6, 1995 in Harrow, a small town located in Essex County, Ontario, Canada.

Like many Canadians in the Ontario region Dante grew up enjoying the benefits of ice hockey, a sport Leon played until his early teens. Martial arts/contact sports were also a big part of Dante’s upbringing, thanks to his father who introduced him to the fighting game from the age of 6.

Dante’s first steps in combat related activities came by way of boxing and other striking based arts, being introduced to Brazilian jiu jitsu as a 12 year old. Dean Hersche (RIP) was Leon’s first instructor, who within one year had the young Canadian hooked on grappling.

Under the Gracie Humaitá/Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu banner, Leon went from white to purple belt. As He got more serious about his ambitions in the sport Dante required a stronger training environment, a goal that was met through a close friend (Kelly Hymore) who introduced Dante to Abraham Marte and later to Vitor Oliveira of GF Team.

The same Kelly Hymore would later bring Dante, along with his good friend Gutemberg Pereira to Toledo, Ohio in the United States in order to train at his own gym (GFT Toledo) on a full time basis. Under this new schedule the pair (Leon and Pereira) conquered numerous important results on the international IBJJF and UAEJJF circuits. The stream of positive results would lead to their black belts, obtained on June 2017 from the hands of Vitor Oliveira and Master Júlio César Pereira.

Cover photo by Romulo Barral.

Dante Leon Grappling Record

52 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    32 (62%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

32 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
31
10
#86e620
Armbar
25
8
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
4
#d1212a
Choke from back
13
4
#fad11b
Botinha
3
1
#f58822
Triangle armbar
3
1
#224aba
Toe hold
3
1
#ff9124
Short choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
3
1
#22c9a5
Guillotine
3
1
32
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
25 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
40
2
#86e620
Kimura
20
1
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
20
1
#d1212a
Armbar
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Dante Leon Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13181Josh HingerJosh HingerLRNCAmerican NG NatsABSSF2017
13487Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKimuraChicago SMOABSSF2017
13666Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGSF2017
13669Sergio RiosSergio RiosLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGRR2017
13875Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
14233Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 3x2BJJ NY Pro82KG4F2017
14422Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPointsACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14431Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionACB JJ WorldsABSSF2017
14497Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
15148Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2018
15310Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLAdvChicago Sp. Open82KGF2018
15321Jared DoppJared DoppLPts: 6x4Chicago Sp. OpenABS4F2018
15572Michael PerezMichael PerezLOutside heel hookKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15573Craig JonesCraig JonesLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15993Inacio NetoInacio NetoLPts: 4x2Dallas Spring OpenABSSF2018
16218Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 8x6World Champ.82KG8F2018
16347Vagner RochaVagner RochaLRNCGrappling Ind.82KGSPF2018
16514Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsNY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16857Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLArmbarF2W Pro 84ABSSPF2018
17015Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
17197Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 6x2Grand Slam LA85KGSF2018
17204Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG3RD2018
17390Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
18154Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2018
19007Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2Pan American82KG8F2019
13161Piter SilvaWPts: 4x0American NG Nats79KG4F2017
13162Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWKneebarAmerican NG Nats79KGSF2017
13163Marcos CamposWKneebarAmerican NG Nats79KGF2017
13177Scott ThometzWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12017
13179Lucas RochaLucas RochaWAdvAmerican NG NatsABS4F2017
13472Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWChoke from backChicago SMO82KGSF2017
13473David RaabDavid RaabWPts: 2x0Chicago SMO82KGF2017
13483Jeff CummingsWPointsChicago SMOABS4F2017
13662Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KG4F2017
13858Dustin AkbariWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2017
13859Josh BacallaoWPts: 6x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2017
13860Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPts: 11x2No Gi Pan Am.79KGF2017
13874Vinicius CanabarroWBotinhaNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
14230Fred SilvaWArmbarBJJ NY Pro82KGR12017
14423Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 4x0ACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14486Lucas ValleWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14494Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
15309David GarmoDavid GarmoWTriangle armbarChicago Sp. Open82KGSF2018
15319Brian BergeronWArmbarChicago Sp. OpenABSR12018
15428Evan DewittWArmbarKing of the Mat 2ABSR12018
15429Salah SaimWToe holdKing of the Mat 2ABS4F2018
15430Justin MichaelWRNCKing of the Mat 2ABSSF2018
15431Brad SchneiderWArmbarKing of the Mat 2ABSF2018
15437Cameron KnightWChoke from backF2W Pro 6982KGSPF2018
15575Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWShort chokeKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15991Bruno CapacWArmbarDallas Spring Open82KGF2018
15992Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWPts: 7x0Dallas Spring OpenABS4F2018
16190Bradley HillWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12018
16204Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22018
16446Joe BaizeWRNCF2W Pro 7982KGSPF2018
16449Kyle ThomisonWRNCDreem Nutrition81KGR12018
16450Isaac UnderwoodWArmbarDreem Nutrition81KG4F2018
16453Alex HernandezWN/ADreem Nutrition81KGSF2018
16454Michael CarpenterWKneebarDreem Nutrition81KGF2018
16834Robert MalofWPointsChicago SM Open82KGF2018
16847Kristopher LopesWRNCChicago SM NGOABSSF2018
16848David GarmoDavid GarmoWRNCChicago SM NGOABSF2018
17010Bradley HillWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17046Athos MirandaWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2018
17050Enrique GalarzaWPts: 6x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2018
17051Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGF2018
17193Damien NitkinWChokeGrand Slam LA85KG4F2018
17203Bradley HillWPts: 7x2Grand Slam LA85KGRR2018
17942Nick SpacekWArmbarKOTM InvitationalABSR12018
17944Kyle ThomsonWRNCKOTM InvitationalABS4F2018
17946Leon JacksonWKneebarKOTM InvitationalABSSF2018
18140Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWGuillotineNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18147Enrique FalarzaWArmbarNoGi Worlds79KGR22018
18153Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWRNCNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18470M. LutesWRNCKasai Dallas82KGSPF2019
18998Thomas KeenanWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGR12019
19161Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWRNCKasai 579KGSPF2019

Dante Leon vs Josh Hayden (2014)

Dante Leon – Modern Flow Final (2016)

 

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