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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

35 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    12 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (51%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
33
6
#86e620
Choke from back
17
3
#5AD3D1
Crucifix choke
17
3
#d1212a
Kimura
11
2
#fad11b
10 finger guillotine
6
1
#f58822
Armbar
6
1
#224aba
Footlock
6
1
#ff9124
Violin armlock
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
19 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (26%)
  • 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
16588Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLToe holdCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
16596Jared DoppJared DoppLChoke from backCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
17430Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 2x0Sao Paulo OpenABSSF2018
17503Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA77KG4F2018
17729Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionWSOG 281KG8F2018
18814Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLChoke from backEuropean Open82KG4F2019
18857Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2019
19126Manoel MiguelLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro77KGR12019
19315Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN77KGR12019
19499Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLShort chokePan American82KG4F2019
19903Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLReferee DecisionWP BR Qualifier77KG4F2019
20131Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionBrasileiro76KGR22019
20475Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 10x6World Champ.76KGR12019
20872Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro82KG4F2019
20899Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLReferee DecisionACB World Champ.75KGSF2019
20923Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 10x2ACB World Champ.ABS4F2019
24444Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraLPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ77KG4F2020
24648Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLPts: 2x0South American82KG4F2020
24853Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 5x0Big Deal Pro 285KGSF2021
16600B. LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa PodioO94KGRR2018
16755Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World75KG4F2018
16758Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWReferee DecisionACBJJ World75KGSF2018
16759Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionACBJJ World75KGF2018
17405Rodrigo FonsecaWChokeSao Paulo Open82KGR12018
17409Chaise OlimpioWKimuraSao Paulo Open82KG4F2018
17413Andre AstolfoWChokeSao Paulo Open82KGSF2018
17429Renan VieiraWChoke from backSao Paulo OpenABS4F2018
17498Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 7x2Grand Slam LA77KGR12018
17508Gustav ApeeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGRR2018
17510Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGRR2018
17511Bruno TostoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG3RD2018
18809F. BarbarottiWChokeEuropean Open82KGR12019
19482Kenji SetteW10 finger guillotinePan American82KGR12019
19491Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 4x2Pan American82KG8F2019
20125Bernardo DibWArmbarBrasileiro76KGR12019
20867Victor MatosWChoke from backSP BJJ Pro82KGR12019
20897Yan CabralWCrucifix chokeACB World Champ.75KG4F2019
20901Antonio SilvaWPts: 2x0ACB World Champ.75KG3RD2019
21053Dihonata LimaWPointsMundial CBJJE82KG4F2019
21056Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoWPointsMundial CBJJE82KGSF2019
21057Pedro VerasPedro VerasWFootlockMundial CBJJE82KGF2019
21369Ozilei SilvaWViolin armlockTeam NationalsABSSF2019
21373Davi PedraWChoke from backTeam NationalsABSF2019
23159Daniel MartinsWChokeCuritiba SO82KG4F2020
23163Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroWPointsCuritiba SO82KGSF2020
23164Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWCrucifix chokeCuritiba SO82KGF2020
23671Italo MouraItalo MouraWPts: 2x0BJJ Bet85KGSPF2020
24426Thiago AmorimWChokeGrand Slam RJ77KGR12020
24443Pedro AsevedoWKimuraGrand Slam RJ77KG8F2020
24451Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ77KGRPC2020
24452Lucas BritoWPts: 3x1Grand Slam RJ77KGRPC2020
24647Rondineli NascimentoWChokeSouth American82KG4F2020
24849Marco AurelioWPts: 11x0Big Deal Pro 285KG4F2021
24855Rafael MansurRafael MansurWPts: 0x0, AdvBig Deal Pro 285KG3RD2021

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