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Luiz Dias is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Leoni Nascimento, who founded the GAS team (Geração Arte Suave), an academy with strong ramifications in Rio de Janeiro where it’s headquarters are located. Luiz Dias is also an acclaimed columnist for the famous Brazilian martial arts magazine, Tatame.

Luiz Dias Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Luiz Vitor Dias

Nickname: n/a

Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Robson Gracie > Leoni Nascimento > Luiz Dias

Main Achievements: n/a

Favourite Position/Technique: n/a

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Team/Association: GAS (Geração Arte Suave)

Luiz Dias Biography

Luiz Dias was born on the 13th of December, 1964 in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil, having grown up in the neighborhood of Urca, at the famous “Zona Sul” of Rio de Janeiro. When Luiz was around 13/14 years old, he started training Jiu Jitsu at the academy of Master Leoni Nascimento. Master Leoni, who was Luiz’ neighbor  had turned his living room into a mini dojo and as Dias loved to scrap, he started doing classes there.

Master Leoni Nascimento trained with Master Carlos Gracie, Helio Gracie, Master Robson Gracie and many of the historical Jiu Jitsu figures of that generation. Although Master Luiz Dias never really focused on competing, he studied the art and developed his own training methods opening a gym in 2003 and thus founding GAS (Geração Arte Suave/Gentle Art Generation). For his academy he chose to focus on more then just competition, and gave a strong emphasis on the philosophy of BJJ and the history of the martial art, though still maintaining a strong competitive team.

Luiz Dias started writing for the magazine Tatame many years ago. His career as a columnist started as a way to clear up the bad reputation that haunted Jiu Jitsu in the 1980’s and 1990’s, of being a “bully” martial art for wrong doers and “meat heads”. Luiz believed it was much more than that and wrote an article where he tried to tell his views on BJJ. The article was very well received and he was invited to write again. Soon he became a regular writer for the magazine.

Banner picture by Jaime Neto.

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  • Pedro says:

    that's the guy !

  • Luiz says:

    Valeu Pedro! Abraço

  • viveiros says:

    Boa Luiz

  • Flavio says:


  • John says:

    Parabéns voce merece pela sua luta dentro e fora dos tatames, só quem te conhece sabe meu irmão!!
    You deserve congratulations for their struggle within and off the mat, only those who know you know my brother !!

  • Pedro says:

    Mais que merecido Luiz! Abraço

  • Daniel says:

    Seus treinos arrebentam! Humildade de um samurai!!

  • Eduardo B. T. says:

    Boa Mestrão arrebentando nas ondas ou nos tatames! surfjiujitsu!

  • Brian says:

    Great article on Defence Staff in jiu jitsu. OSS

  • Jose Joao Mansure says:

    Tenho a honra de conhecer mestre Luis como amigo e nos tatames. Um fiel defensor e propagador real da filosofia do BJJ que ele faz questao de viver e ensinar seus seguidores como usar essa filosofia na vida pessoal tambem. Um grande mestre no melhor sentido da palavra

  • Pedro says:

    Esse é o cara!! Grande lutador dentro e fora dos tatames

  • Fabrício says:

    Parabéns e muito obrigado por compartilhar seus conhecimentos dentro e fora dos tatames! Oss

  • Mohamed says:

    Vou falar do Mestre Luiz em ingles, para compartilhar o mais possível a experiência que eu estou vivendo sob o comando de um mestre/professor e amigo Luiz Dias .
    It is extremely hard to find the words of praise, gratitude and gratefulness that can reflect my appreciation for my master. He helped me to come a long way and to grow by leaps and bounds in a very short period of time. He taught me how to conquer my mind, my body and myself, and how to consistently link between my body and my mind, and this technique has without a doubt equipped me with a fueled power. He also reinforced that through hard work, determination and sheer perseverance, I along with the whole team, can climb our way up to any goal, not just in Jiu Jitsu, but in life as a whole. The techniques and lessons we learnt, and which he handed them up to us through his credentials and rich experience are not just implemented in this sport, but in the outside world and in so innumerable ways. He was always watching very closely, continuously guiding, pushing me to my limits, praising, encouraging and supporting, all this played a massive role for me to aim for my utmost. I am thoroughly enjoying this experience as a "Jiu jitsu reborn", it has shaped and focused more my vision in life and it is only the beginning as I will carry with me this whole experience wherever I go for many years to come. OSS !!

  • Luiz Dias says:

    Thank you for your words. My sincere thanks, thank you my friend.

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