Leonardo "Leozin" Araújo
Leonardo Araujo is a 23 year old Brazilian brown belt jiu-jitsu. Nickname "Leozin" He has been training jiu-jitsu since he was 9 years old. His Masters are Luiz Cláudio and Thiago Veiga both 3 degree, Black belts from Rickson Gracie.
He works a part time job and teache bjj at lcct concord. He train 6 days a week 2 times a day. His desire to one day became a world champion black belt is what motivates him every day. He has competed a lot in Brazil and USA.
Q&A Session Between Leonardo Araújo and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ?
Answer: Many people but two guys in particular Luiz Cláudio and Thiago veiga. Why? Because they show to the world that not all bjj is the same. Every academy has a different way of teaching, which means the differences in the jiu jitsu are the small details that many people can't see.
Question: What is the meaning of success in your mind?
Answer: perfection in moves and fame among the BJJ world.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: My goals for 2017: 1. This year goal is to complete and train as much as possible to refine my skills. Complete the Pan American and World gi and no gi.
My Goals for the next 3 years: 1. To be able to complete in high level of black belt.
My Goals for the next 5 years: 1. I will like to be a world champion as a black belt and travel the world competing and training BJJ
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym? Do you have different items for specific days
Answer: Yeah, it depends the day, but usually I like to keep in my bag one No-Gi rashguard, Elite sports No-Gi short and my Elite Sports preshurnk BJJ gi, also i like to keep some suppliments and mouth guard.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: Grandmaster Flavio Behring and Sensei George Uema inspire me greatly. They inspire me by dedicating their lives to the martial arts and continuing to train and teach Jiujitsu and Judo on a daily basis. In addition, they take care of themselves physically and mentally and at the ages of 79 and 65 years old, they can still demonstrate amazing technique and detail.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: About 13 years
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: 6 days a week.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: Biggest accomplishment is be able to teach and learn bjj every day.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: Not really. My favorite move is whatever my opponent gives me.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: I think it takes dedication, determination, practice, focus and understand my body and my mind. Try to get both working together.