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Leonardo Lara, often referenced as Leo Lara, is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Caio Almeida being also one of the top representatives of the JFC Almeida JJ São Paulo academy, one of the main affiliates of the Atos Jiu Jitsu team in Brazil. Lara made a name for himself while competing in the lower belt divisions of the sport by conquering important tournaments such as the IBJJF World, Pan American and South American titles. He would cement his status as an elite grappler immediately after earning the black belt rank, by conquering the ACBJJ world title (2018).

Leonardo Lara Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Leonardo Teixeira Lara

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: C. Gracie > H. Gracie > C. Gracie Jr > R. Gracie > Gabriel Vella > Caio Almeida > Leo Lara

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo Open (2018)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ World Championship (2018)
  • 1st Place CBJJE World Championship (2019)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2018)
  • 3rd Place Big Deal Pro Grand Prix (2021)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – RJ (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo Open (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro (2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Brazilian Nat. Championship (2018**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Juvenile World Championship (2014)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Juvenile Pans Championship (2014)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Juvenile Brazilian Nationals (2014)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro (2017* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open Championship (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Juvenile Brazilian Nat. Championship (2013/2014*)

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs)

Team/Association: JFC Almeida JJ / Atos

Leonardo Lara Biography

Leonardo Lara was born on January 24, 1997 in Porecatu – state of Paraná, Brazil, though due to his parents’s occupations Lara did not settle there and relocated regularly. The family would eventually grow roots in São Paulo, in 2006.

At the age of 10 Leonardo Lara became curious about jiu jitsu as most of his friends practiced this martial art. Near his home was a social project led by the Almeida brothers, which facilitated free jiu jitsu classes for local children, and it was there that Leo decided to make his first attempt at a grappling class.

Diogo Almeida was Leo Lara’s first instructor at the aforementioned social project, where the youngster started his training on a 3 classes per week regimen. Lara practiced BJJ for most of the year but eventually started skipping classes, gradually leading his abandonment.

In 2011 Lara bumped into his old BJJ coach (Diogo) on the street, who questioned Leonardo on his absence from the mats. Leo did not have a valid reason for his long non attendance, which helped Almeida convince him to return. This comeback would be settled at Caio Almeida‘s (Diogo’s brother) academy, who – given that Leonardo’s talent was already evident, allowed the young man to train gratuitously under a scholarship.

A BJJ scholarship meant that Lara would have to work extra hard and compete, a challenge that fuelled Leonardo’s fire. The hardship of the competitor lifestyle was often grueling, but necessary, as described by Lara to BJJ Heroes on an interview in 2018:

“I remember once, I was exhausted after a long week of training and asked my coach to rest on the Saturday. Caio told me I couldn’t because students on a scholarship had to train harder than the rest and could not miss practice. It was terrible at the time, I was shattered. It was also very important because he sat me down to talk and his words really resonated. After this I never asked for a break again and fully embraced the toughness of the routine, and even started enjoying it. I grew from it.”

When Lara’s parents relocated to a different part of the city, far from Almeida’s gym, coach Caio opened the doors of his family’s home to Leo, who started living there to keep the training intensity. A decision fully supported by his parents. Leonardo’s dedication to the sport made him one of the hottest prospects in the sport during the colored belts competitive seasons, and on June 2018 Lara was finally awarded his black belt rank by coach Caio Almeida.

Leonardo Lara Grappling Record

53 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (53%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

28 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
32
9
#86e620
Choke from back
18
5
#5AD3D1
Crucifix choke
11
3
#d1212a
Kimura
7
2
#fad11b
Violin armlock
7
2
#f58822
RNC
7
2
#224aba
10 finger guillotine
4
1
#ff9124
Armbar
4
1
#bf1f6c
Footlock
4
1
#22c9a5
Straight ankle lock
4
1
#fad223
Wristlock
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
31 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (23%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
57
4
#86e620
Toe hold
14
1
#5AD3D1
Short choke
14
1
#d1212a
Armbar
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Leonardo Lara Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16647Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLToe holdCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
16655Jared DoppJared DoppLChoke from backCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
17497Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 2x0Sao Paulo OpenABSSF2018
17570Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA77KG4F2018
17796Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionWSOG 281KG8F2018
18904Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLChoke from backEuropean Open82KG4F2019
18947Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2019
19232Manoel MiguelLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro77KGR12019
19425Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN77KGR12019
19614Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLShort chokePan American82KG4F2019
20026Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLReferee DecisionWP BR Qualifier77KG4F2019
20254Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionBrasileiro76KGR22019
20603Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 10x6World Champ.76KGR12019
21000Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro82KG4F2019
21028Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLReferee DecisionACB World Champ.75KGSF2019
21052Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 10x2ACB World Champ.ABS4F2019
24684Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraLPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ77KG4F2020
24895Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 2x0South American82KG4F2020
25130Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 5x0Big Deal Pro 285KGSF2021
25954Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 2x2, AdvThe New Star82KGSF2021
26375Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 6x4SA Cont. Pro77KGSF2021
26381Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 3x2SA Cont. Pro77KGRPC2021
27560Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 2x2, PenPan American82KG4F2021
28402Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0FenajitsuN/ASPF2021
28403Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseD---FenajitsuN/ASPF2021
28404Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLChoke from backFenajitsuN/ASPF2021
29096Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLPts: 9x0BRA Qualifiers77KGSF2021
29485Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLPts: 3x2World Champ.82KG4F2021
30211Matheus SiqueiraLReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials77KG8F2022
31590Mathias LunaMathias LunaLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2022
31961Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLArmbarBJJ Stars83KGSF2022
32843Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLPts: 6x0World Champ.82KG4F2022
16659B. LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
16814Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World75KG4F2018
16817Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWReferee DecisionACBJJ World75KGSF2018
16818Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionACBJJ World75KGF2018
17472Rodrigo FonsecaWChokeSao Paulo Open82KGR12018
17476Chaise OlimpioWKimuraSao Paulo Open82KG4F2018
17480Andre AstolfoWChokeSao Paulo Open82KGSF2018
17496Renan VieiraWChoke from backSao Paulo OpenABS4F2018
17565Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 7x2Grand Slam LA77KGR12018
17575Gustav ApeeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGRR2018
17577Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGRR2018
17578Bruno TostoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG3RD2018
18899Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiWChokeEuropean Open82KGR12019
19597Kenji SetteW10 finger guillotinePan American82KGR12019
19606Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 4x2Pan American82KG8F2019
20248Bernardo DibWArmbarBrasileiro76KGR12019
20995Victor MatosWChoke from backSP BJJ Pro82KGR12019
21026Yan CabralWCrucifix chokeACB World Champ.75KG4F2019
21030Antonio SilvaWPts: 2x0ACB World Champ.75KG3RD2019
21183Dihonata LimaWPointsMundial CBJJE82KG4F2019
21186Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoWPointsMundial CBJJE82KGSF2019
21187Pedro VerasPedro VerasWFootlockMundial CBJJE82KGF2019
21509Ozilei SilvaWViolin armlockTeam NationalsABSSF2019
21513Davi PedraWChoke from backTeam NationalsABSF2019
23346Daniel MartinsWChokeCuritiba SO82KG4F2020
23350Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroWPointsCuritiba SO82KGSF2020
23351Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWCrucifix chokeCuritiba SO82KGF2020
23893Italo MouraItalo MouraWPts: 2x0BJJ Bet85KGSPF2020
24666Thiago AmorimWChokeGrand Slam RJ77KGR12020
24683Pedro AsevedoWKimuraGrand Slam RJ77KG8F2020
24691Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ77KGRPC2020
24692Lucas BritoWPts: 3x1Grand Slam RJ77KGRPC2020
24894Rondineli NascimentoWChokeSouth American82KG4F2020
25126Marco AurelioWPts: 11x0Big Deal Pro 285KG4F2021
25132Rafael MansurRafael MansurWPts: 0x0, AdvBig Deal Pro 285KG3RD2021
25746Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsWPts: 2x0The New Star82KGR12021
26356Joao AlbuquerqueWPts: 4x3SA Cont. Pro77KGR22021
26366Marlus SalgadoWViolin armlockSA Cont. Pro77KG8F2021
26372Jadson AraujoWChoke from backSA Cont. Pro77KG4F2021
26799Jeison SilvaWChokeBig Deal Pro 382KGSPF2021
27037Jean MichelinWRNCBJJ Bet82KGSPF2021
27548Gialysson SilvaWChokePan American82KGR22021
27556Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 5x0Pan American82KG8F2021
28019Matheus de PaulaWPts: 8x2Brasileiro82KG4F2021
28021Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro82KGSF2021
28023Wallisson OliveiraWChoke from backBrasileiro82KGF2021
29093Hilton LeaoWStraight ankle lockBRA Qualifiers77KG4F2021
29476Italo MouraItalo MouraWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KG8F2021
30182Philip FrancaWRNCADCC BR2 Trials77KGR22022
30202Keweny LopesWPts: 7x0ADCC BR2 Trials77KGR32022
31581Celso FilhoWWristlockPan American82KGR12022
31957Wallisson OliveiraWPts: 5x2BJJ Stars83KG4F2022
32839Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWChokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2022

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