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Leonardo Lara

Leonardo Lara

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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: M. Maeda > 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)

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

22 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
33
3
#86e620
Choke from back
22
2
#5AD3D1
10 finger guillotine
11
1
#d1212a
Armbar
11
1
#fad11b
Submission
11
1
#f58822
Kimura
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (31%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
60
3
#86e620
Toe hold
20
1
#5AD3D1
Short choke
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Leonardo Lara Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16402Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLToe holdCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
16410Jared DoppJared DoppLChoke from backCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
17208Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 2x0Sao Paulo OpenABSSF2018
17280Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA77KG4F2018
17495Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionWSOG 281KG8F2018
18523Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLChoke from backEuropean Open82KG4F2019
18566Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2019
18815Manoel MiguelLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro77KGR12019
18992Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN77KGR12019
19165Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLShort chokePan American82KG4F2019
19558Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLReferee DecisionWP BR Qualifier77KG4F2019
19772Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionBrasileiro76KGR22019
20106Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 10x6World Champ.76KGR12019
20482Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro82KG4F2019
20509Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLReferee DecisionACB World Champ.75KGSF2019
20533Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 10x2ACB World Champ.ABS4F2019
16414B. LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
16560Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World75KG4F2018
16563Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWReferee DecisionACBJJ World75KGSF2018
16564Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionACBJJ World75KGF2018
17183Rodrigo FonsecaWChokeSao Paulo Open82KGR12018
17187Chaise OlimpioWKimuraSao Paulo Open82KG4F2018
17191Andre AstolfoWChokeSao Paulo Open82KGSF2018
17207Renan VieiraWChoke from backSao Paulo OpenABS4F2018
17275Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 7x2Grand Slam LA77KGR12018
17285Gustav ApeeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGRR2018
17287Kaunan BarbozaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGRR2018
17288Bruno TostoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG3RD2018
18518F. BarbarottiWChokeEuropean Open82KGR12019
19148Kenji SetteW10 finger guillotinePan American82KGR12019
19157Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 4x2Pan American82KG8F2019
19766Bernardo DibWArmbarBrasileiro76KGR12019
20477Victor MatosWChoke from backSP BJJ Pro82KGR12019
20507Yan CabralWSubmissionACB World Champ.75KG4F2019
20511Antonio SilvaWPts: 2x0ACB World Champ.75KG3RD2019
20650Dihonata LimaWPointsMundial CBJJE82KG4F2019
20652Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoWPointsMundial CBJJE82KGSF2019
20653Pedro VerasWPointsMundial CBJJE82KGF2019

Leonardo Lara vs Rider Zuchi

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