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Valmyr Neto

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Valmyr Neto is one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts competing and coaching in the United Kingdom. Originally from Belém do Pará (the birthplace of Jiu Jitsu in Brazil), Neto travelled to England after he earned his black belt from Walter “Broca”, where he established his team in the region of Gravesend, Kent.

Valmyr Neto Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Valmyr Mattos Pereira Neto

Nickname: Mamulengo a style of puppet, typical of the northeast region of Brazil, where Neto is from. The nickname came about as a joke, given by his Brazilian team mates in London when Valmyr came to the United Kingdom.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie >Ricardo De La Riva >Alexey Cruz > Walter Broca > Valmyr Neto

Main Achievements:

  • Para State Champion (2007)
  • Seni Champion – Gracie Invitational (2010)
  • British Open Champion (2011)
  • Bournemouth Open Champion – superfight (2011)
  • Rolling Thunder Champion (2011)
  • Bristol open 2009 Silver Medallist (fought one weight division above)
  • Para State Silver Medallist (2006)
  • World Pro Cup Trials 3 rd Place (2011)
  • Para State Bronze Medallist (2007 – open weight)

Favourite Position/Technique: Half Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70kg/154lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat/VN Team

Valmyr Neto Biography

Valmyr Neto was born on the 17th of December, 1983 in Belem, state of Pará in Brazil. He started practicing martial arts through a short spell at Judo before he turned to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Neto watched the very first UFC’s with his father and was really impressed with Royce Gracie’s heroics, so much that almost imediatly he sought an academy where he could train.

Starting in 1998, Valmyr Neto’s first BJJ instructor was the former world champion Marcus Norat. Marcus graduated Neto with his yellow and blue belts, but shortly after Valmyr switched to a different school and began his tuition with the prestigious Walter “Broca” receiving all belts by “Broca” from their on, including his black belt in October 2006.

In 2008, his good friend Rodrigo Cabral invited Neto to come to England and spend some time with him. Upon arrival Valmyr was invited to coach at an academy in Swanley (Kent). Neto had planed to make a living from teaching BJJ in the future and grabbed the opportunity. Later, through a contact from the Swanley academy, Neto met another gym owner named Dhell who was opening the DFC academy in Gravesend. Dhell invited Neto to be the head coach there, a challenge accepted by Neto. Since accepting the job, Neto has made a tremendous job in the region, taking another step into making England one of the most prosperous grappling countries in Europe.

Valmyr Neto vs Eduardo Gonçalves

Valmyr Neto vs Luiz Tosta

5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles


  • Zenon Warman says:

    Neto is the best BJJ instructor! No doubt in my mind. Always willin to roll with any belt and always gives his full attention to every student he teaches. Boa Neto! Osssii

  • Saxon Warman says:

    By far the best instructor iv trained with. Doesn’t mind questions, ideas etc gets fully involved, spars with everyone, including the juniors and is also a great friend to all his students aswell as a mentor! TEAM VN oooosssssi!!!

  • George Higgins says:

    This Guy is the best Brazlian Jiu Jitsu instructor. when i first joint his gym i felt welcome training whenever i wanted, unlike other gyms i went to. He has the Best team in the uk and spars with everyone, hes a great friend and mentor to all of his students

  • melanie says:

    best black belt instructor around very dedicated to the wonderful world of bjj and will provide anyone of his students with any help when needed, travels lots of miles to visit his team. ooooooossssss VN TEAM ALL THE WAY 🙂

    • Ozzy says:

      Valmyr Neto is a great instructor, role model and friend. I’ve been doing BJJ with Neto for four years and I have learnt so much about BJJ and about my self. I Wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for my master and my team!!!! Great people and no egos! VN team are so privileged to have someone so dedicated and all round great guy to train with and learn from!

      VNTEAM!! DFC!!! PETER!!! Oooiissss!!!!

  • Scooby says:

    A great coach, doesnt forget any of his students, has time for all grades a man to watch in the UK deffo one of the best coaches i have ever trained with, and i have been involved in martial arts for over 30 years, and also i include him as one of my close friends, oossss

  • Mark Rimmer says:

    Fantastic instructor! Best to train with, he will ALWAYS help you improve your game and encourage you. He is an all round, stand up guy. Neto is super a super dedicated bjj player and instructor, and his skills are second to none! Osssssi! Neto, VN TEAM!

  • Steve says:

    I’m really fortunate to train in my opinion with the best BJJ black belt instructor around, he always makes everyone of all ages and grades feel welcome and part of his team, always encourages questions in seminars, rolls with all his students, runs around from mat to mat coaching all his students at competitions, all in all a great guy, coach and great friend, Checkmat/VN Team all the way, Ooosssssss 🙂

  • Mark Bird says:

    I am Privileged to train under Neto, I have to say that I have only been Training BJJ for a couple of months now and and from the start Neto always will always takes time to give meis students and all good advice, and he is not shy to get on the mat and have a roll around with us all, I look forward to continuing my journey under Neto and hope i can progress as far as possible OSSSSSI !!!!!

  • danny says:

    Very proud to call this man my brother and instructor. A perfect role model on and off the mat, he leads by example. One of the top competitiors and instructors in the UK for sure! VN Team pra vida PORRA osssss!

  • James. says:

    Hi Dude,
    I am constantly learning MMA and want to thank you for your tuition in BJJ and no gi.

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