Vedha Toscano is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Fábio Clemente (her father), and one of the main representatives of the Team Fábio Clemente / Checkmat BJJ team coalition in the sport’s international circuit. Toscano gained worldwide recognition as one of her generation’s top athletes after consistent wins in the colored belt divisions of BJJ, particularly while competing in the main championships of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF). Vedha Toscano is also the sister of another accomplished grappler, Mr. Zata Toscano.
Vedha Toscano Jiu-Jitsu
Full Name: Vedha Clemente Toscano
- 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2019)
- 1st Place New York BJJ Pro (2019)
- 2nd Place New York BJJ Pro (2019*)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2019 brown)
- 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship NoGi (2017 / 2018* brown)
- 1st Place New York BJJ Pro (2016** purple, 2017** / 2018** brown)
- 1st Place New York Spring Open (2016 purple, 2017 brown)
- 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2018 / 2019* brown)
- 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship NoGi (2017* / 2018brown)
- 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019 brown)
- 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2018** brown)
- 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2018* brown)
- 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam LDN (2019 brown)
** Weight and absolute
Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard
Weight Division: Meio-Pesado (74,00 kg / 163.5 lbs)
Team/Association: Team Fábio Clemente / Checkmat JJ
Vedha Toscano Biography
Vedha Toscano was born on October 17, 1995, in New York City, United States of America, daughter to one of the city’s jiu-jitsu pioneers, Mr. Fábio Clemente.
Growing up Vedha and her brother Zata spent countless hours on the mats, even living inside the academy for a few years. As such, her infancy was directly correlated with jiu-jitsu and rolling around on the floor with her sibling. Nevertheless, this did not translate into love for the sport during her childhood, and instead, Vedha turned to volleyball and capoeira for a short period.
Although a sporting lifestyle was strongly advocated for in her family, Vedha was never forced to enter the tournament circuit, nor to train BJJ in particular. Seeing her brother and father consistently compete and win at an international level, however, did inspire Toscano’s return to the gi during her mid-teens. A natural guard player, Vedha’s quickly gained success on the tournament scene but was encouraged by her father to complete her studies before diving into the world of professional grappling.
As a purple belt, Toscano started investing more of her time in BJJ, and by the time she finished her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hunter College, Vedha was living the lifestyle of a competitor. Her outstanding results in the colored belt divisions, particularly as a brown belt, a division she competed in for 2 years, earned her, her black belt promotion on June 2019. Vedha Toscano’s black belt ceremony was led by her longterm coach and father, Fábio Clemente,