Thadeu Vieira Thadeu Vieira BJJ Fighter Database SHARE BJJ Heroes , / 7302 5 Thadeu Vieira Thadeu Vieira is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Master Paulo Wesley Lopes and the founder of the World BJJ Association, a team represented all over the world. Thadeu is also famed for his entrepreneur endeavours, having released “The BJJ Book” and the “20 Classic Armbars DVD”. Thadeu Vieira in Detail Full Name: Thadeu Alves Vieira Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansur > Paulo Wesley > Thadeu Vieira Main Achievements: Florida State Championships Silver Medallist (2011) American Nationals Bronze Medallist (2008) Dallas International Bronze Medallist (2011) Favourite Position/Submission: Triangle Team/Association: World BJJ Association (WBJJA) Merchandise: The BJJ Book, 20 Classic Armbars DVD Thadeu Vieira Biography Thadeu Vieira was born on the 27th of April in Rio de Janeiro (Barra Mansa). He practiced Basketball and Football (soccer) when he was growing up. He found Jiu Jitsu when he was 16 years old, through his brother who really pushed him to start grappling. Thadeu’s first and only instructor was Master Paulo Wesley Lopes from the Mansur lineage; Vieira achieved the grade of black belt in 2002. In 2005 Vieira moved to the United States, his mother had been living in the Northern Hemisphere country for a few years, and the only thing that had stopped Thadeu from moving to the US had been his Physical Education degree. A few years after achieving his degree he moved to the America where he established the World BJJ Association.