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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

39 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (51%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
30
6
#86e620
Choke from back
20
4
#5AD3D1
Crucifix choke
15
3
#d1212a
Kimura
10
2
#fad11b
Violin armlock
10
2
#f58822
10 finger guillotine
5
1
#224aba
Armbar
5
1
#ff9124
Footlock
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
22 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (23%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (23%)
  • 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
16591Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLToe holdCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
16599Jared DoppJared DoppLChoke from backCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
17433Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 2x0Sao Paulo OpenABSSF2018
17506Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA77KG4F2018
17732Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionWSOG 281KG8F2018
18822Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLChoke from backEuropean Open82KG4F2019
18865Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2019
19138Manoel MiguelLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro77KGR12019
19327Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN77KGR12019
19514Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLShort chokePan American82KG4F2019
19918Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLReferee DecisionWP BR Qualifier77KG4F2019
20147Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionBrasileiro76KGR22019
20492Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 10x6World Champ.76KGR12019
20889Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro82KG4F2019
20916Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLReferee DecisionACB World Champ.75KGSF2019
20940Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 10x2ACB World Champ.ABS4F2019
24489Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraLPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ77KG4F2020
24695Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 2x0South American82KG4F2020
24909Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 5x0Big Deal Pro 285KGSF2021
25715Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 2x2, AdvThe New Star82KGSF2021
26130Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 6x4SA Cont. Pro77KGSF2021
26136Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 3x2SA Cont. Pro77KGRPC2021
16603B. LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
16758Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World75KG4F2018
16761Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWReferee DecisionACBJJ World75KGSF2018
16762Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionACBJJ World75KGF2018
17408Rodrigo FonsecaWChokeSao Paulo Open82KGR12018
17412Chaise OlimpioWKimuraSao Paulo Open82KG4F2018
17416Andre AstolfoWChokeSao Paulo Open82KGSF2018
17432Renan VieiraWChoke from backSao Paulo OpenABS4F2018
17501Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 7x2Grand Slam LA77KGR12018
17511Gustav ApeeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGRR2018
17513Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGRR2018
17514Bruno TostoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG3RD2018
18817F. BarbarottiWChokeEuropean Open82KGR12019
19497Kenji SetteW10 finger guillotinePan American82KGR12019
19506Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 4x2Pan American82KG8F2019
20141Bernardo DibWArmbarBrasileiro76KGR12019
20884Victor MatosWChoke from backSP BJJ Pro82KGR12019
20914Yan CabralWCrucifix chokeACB World Champ.75KG4F2019
20918Antonio SilvaWPts: 2x0ACB World Champ.75KG3RD2019
21070Dihonata LimaWPointsMundial CBJJE82KG4F2019
21073Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoWPointsMundial CBJJE82KGSF2019
21074Pedro VerasPedro VerasWFootlockMundial CBJJE82KGF2019
21386Ozilei SilvaWViolin armlockTeam NationalsABSSF2019
21390Davi PedraWChoke from backTeam NationalsABSF2019
23190Daniel MartinsWChokeCuritiba SO82KG4F2020
23194Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroWPointsCuritiba SO82KGSF2020
23195Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWCrucifix chokeCuritiba SO82KGF2020
23715Italo MouraItalo MouraWPts: 2x0BJJ Bet85KGSPF2020
24471Thiago AmorimWChokeGrand Slam RJ77KGR12020
24488Pedro AsevedoWKimuraGrand Slam RJ77KG8F2020
24496Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ77KGRPC2020
24497Lucas BritoWPts: 3x1Grand Slam RJ77KGRPC2020
24694Rondineli NascimentoWChokeSouth American82KG4F2020
24905Marco AurelioWPts: 11x0Big Deal Pro 285KG4F2021
24911Rafael MansurRafael MansurWPts: 0x0, AdvBig Deal Pro 285KG3RD2021
25514Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsWPts: 2x0The New Star82KGR12021
26111Joao AlbuquerqueWPts: 4x3SA Cont. Pro77KGR22021
26121Marlus SalgadoWViolin armlockSA Cont. Pro77KG8F2021
26127Jadson AraujoWChoke from backSA Cont. Pro77KG4F2021

Leonardo Lara vs Rider Zuchi

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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