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Thiago Leiras (Brazil 021)

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Thiago Leiras

Thiago Leiras is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under the prestigious Flavio Aleluia and a member of the Brazil 021 BJJ team. Having medalled in important tournaments such as the Rio Open, Copa América and Copa Cyclone, Leiras reached the degree of black belt in August 2011.

Thiago Leiras in Detail

Full Name: Thiago Denti Leiras

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansur > Carlos Henrique > Flavio Aleluia > Thiago Leiras

Main Achievements:

  • Flávio Aleluia Tournament Champion (purple belt)
  • Copa Cyclone Champion (blue belt)
  • Copa Gavazza Champion (blue belt)
  • Copa Subúrbios Figth Champion (blue belt)
  • 2nd Place at the Rio de Janeiro State Championship (purple belt)
  • Rio Open Bronze Medallist (2010 brown)
  • Copa América Bronze Medallist (brown)

Favourite Position/Technique: Spider & De La Riva Guard

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg/194lbs)

Team/Association: Brazil 021

Thiago Leiras Biography

Thiago Leiras was born on the 17th of April, 1981 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started martial arts through Judo, but he did not truly agree with Judo’s rules, making the fight based solely on the stand-up aspect of grappling, and so, when Leiras found Jiu Jitsu, he immediately felt this was the sport he should be doing. Thiago was 17 years old when he entered Master Flavio Aleluia’s academy, and he never changed camps, going from while belt all the way to black belt (on march 2011)

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  • Angelo Simões says:

    Grande prof. Thiago! Obrigado por tudo! Abc!

  • Natanael Porquério says:

    Since I was at school of Jiu Jitsu in my first time I come learning lots of about respect to other people.

    Thanks a lot to Thiago Leiras and BRA021 team.

  • Ricardo Ferreira says:

    Obrigado pelo o que aprendi neste ano. Com certeza continuarei aprendendo esta arte contigo.


    Ricardo Ferreira

  • Carlos says:

    Great Sensei, great technique and excellent skills. Always willing to encourage students to achieve the best. Not only teaches students the techniques of jiu-jitsu, but character and respect for others.
    BRA021 Team and Thiago Leiras make the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu even more Brazilian.

  • Iglésio Araujo says:

    Grande Thiago,

    Sinônimo de Dedicação e Perseverança, treino duríssimo, ensinamento moderno, dinâmico e educador.

    Parabéns Thiago a Faixa Preta, gradua sua capacidade de ensinar Jiu-Jitsu.

    Aquele Abraço,

    Iglésio Araujo.

  • Georges Bonnet says:

    Grande Professor Thiago Leiras!
    Obrigado pelos ensinamentos neste ano que passou! Você realmente mudou a forma como eu via o Jiu-jitsu!
    A arte suave está colaborando muito na minha vida!
    Grande abraço,

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