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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

43 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    23 (53%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

23 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
35
8
#86e620
Choke from back
17
4
#5AD3D1
Crucifix choke
13
3
#d1212a
Kimura
9
2
#fad11b
Violin armlock
9
2
#f58822
10 finger guillotine
4
1
#224aba
Armbar
4
1
#ff9124
Footlock
4
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
4
1
23
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (22%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • 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
16605Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLToe holdCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
16613Jared DoppJared DoppLChoke from backCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
17447Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 2x0Sao Paulo OpenABSSF2018
17520Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA77KG4F2018
17746Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionWSOG 281KG8F2018
18839Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLChoke from backEuropean Open82KG4F2019
18882Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2019
19157Manoel MiguelLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro77KGR12019
19348Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN77KGR12019
19536Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLShort chokePan American82KG4F2019
19942Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLReferee DecisionWP BR Qualifier77KG4F2019
20171Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionBrasileiro76KGR22019
20516Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 10x6World Champ.76KGR12019
20913Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro82KG4F2019
20940Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLReferee DecisionACB World Champ.75KGSF2019
20964Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 10x2ACB World Champ.ABS4F2019
24541Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraLPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ77KG4F2020
24748Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 2x0South American82KG4F2020
24970Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 5x0Big Deal Pro 285KGSF2021
25786Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 2x2, AdvThe New Star82KGSF2021
26206Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 6x4SA Cont. Pro77KGSF2021
26212Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 3x2SA Cont. Pro77KGRPC2021
27369Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 2x2, PenPan American82KG4F2021
16617B. LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
16772Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World75KG4F2018
16775Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWReferee DecisionACBJJ World75KGSF2018
16776Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionACBJJ World75KGF2018
17422Rodrigo FonsecaWChokeSao Paulo Open82KGR12018
17426Chaise OlimpioWKimuraSao Paulo Open82KG4F2018
17430Andre AstolfoWChokeSao Paulo Open82KGSF2018
17446Renan VieiraWChoke from backSao Paulo OpenABS4F2018
17515Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 7x2Grand Slam LA77KGR12018
17525Gustav ApeeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGRR2018
17527Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGRR2018
17528Bruno TostoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG3RD2018
18834F. BarbarottiWChokeEuropean Open82KGR12019
19519Kenji SetteW10 finger guillotinePan American82KGR12019
19528Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 4x2Pan American82KG8F2019
20165Bernardo DibWArmbarBrasileiro76KGR12019
20908Victor MatosWChoke from backSP BJJ Pro82KGR12019
20938Yan CabralWCrucifix chokeACB World Champ.75KG4F2019
20942Antonio SilvaWPts: 2x0ACB World Champ.75KG3RD2019
21094Dihonata LimaWPointsMundial CBJJE82KG4F2019
21097Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoWPointsMundial CBJJE82KGSF2019
21098Pedro VerasPedro VerasWFootlockMundial CBJJE82KGF2019
21416Ozilei SilvaWViolin armlockTeam NationalsABSSF2019
21420Davi PedraWChoke from backTeam NationalsABSF2019
23222Daniel MartinsWChokeCuritiba SO82KG4F2020
23226Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroWPointsCuritiba SO82KGSF2020
23227Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWCrucifix chokeCuritiba SO82KGF2020
23760Italo MouraItalo MouraWPts: 2x0BJJ Bet85KGSPF2020
24523Thiago AmorimWChokeGrand Slam RJ77KGR12020
24540Pedro AsevedoWKimuraGrand Slam RJ77KG8F2020
24548Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ77KGRPC2020
24549Lucas BritoWPts: 3x1Grand Slam RJ77KGRPC2020
24747Rondineli NascimentoWChokeSouth American82KG4F2020
24966Marco AurelioWPts: 11x0Big Deal Pro 285KG4F2021
24972Rafael MansurRafael MansurWPts: 0x0, AdvBig Deal Pro 285KG3RD2021
25583Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsWPts: 2x0The New Star82KGR12021
26187Joao AlbuquerqueWPts: 4x3SA Cont. Pro77KGR22021
26197Marlus SalgadoWViolin armlockSA Cont. Pro77KG8F2021
26203Jadson AraujoWChoke from backSA Cont. Pro77KG4F2021
26612Jeison SilvaWChokeBig Deal Pro 382KGSPF2021
26851Jean MichelinWRNCBJJ Bet82KGSPF2021
27357Gialysson SilvaWChokePan American82KGR22021
27365Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 5x0Pan American82KG8F2021

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