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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:

  • IBJJF São Paulo Open Champion (2018)
  • ACBJJ World Champion (2018)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam LA 3rd Place (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

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

16 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
43
3
#86e620
Kimura
14
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
14
1
#d1212a
10 finger guillotine
14
1
#fad11b
Armbar
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (23%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (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
16396Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLToe holdCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
16404Jared DoppJared DoppLChoke from backCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
17201Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 2x0Sao Paulo OpenABSSF2018
17273Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA77KG4F2018
17488Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionWSOG 281KG8F2018
18518Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLChoke from backEuropean Open82KG4F2019
18561Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2019
18810Manoel MiguelLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro77KGR12019
18987Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN77KGR12019
19160Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLShort chokePan American82KG4F2019
19555Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLReferee DecisionWP BR Qualifier77KG4F2019
19769Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionBrasileiro76KGR22019
20099Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 10x6World Champ.76KGR12019
16408B. LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
16554Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World75KG4F2018
16557Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWReferee DecisionACBJJ World75KGSF2018
16558Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionACBJJ World75KGF2018
17176Rodrigo FonsecaWChokeSao Paulo Open82KGR12018
17180Chaise OlimpioWKimuraSao Paulo Open82KG4F2018
17184Andre AstolfoWChokeSao Paulo Open82KGSF2018
17200Renan VieiraWChoke from backSao Paulo OpenABS4F2018
17268Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 7x2Grand Slam LA77KGR12018
17278Gustav ApeeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGRR2018
17280Kaunan BarbozaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGRR2018
17281Bruno TostoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG3RD2018
18513Fabricio BarbarottiWChokeEuropean Open82KGR12019
19143Kenji SetteW10 finger guillotinePan American82KGR12019
19152Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 4x2Pan American82KG8F2019
19763Bernardo DibWArmbarBrasileiro76KGR12019

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