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Janaina Lebre Joins the Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Janaina Lebre Joins the Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy

On January 24, 2024, the BJJ black belt grappler Janaina Lebre announced that she is leaving the Gracie Humaita and now joining the Arts of Jiu-Jitsu team to continue her jiu-jitsu training under the Mendes Brothers.

Janaina Lebre was born on December 14, 1995, in a small town in Brazil. Since she was a little girl, she was quite athletic. At the age of 17, she decided to join Jiu-jitsu training. Initially, she was associated with the HC team in her native town. In 2018, Lebre visited the United States for the first time at Purple Belt to compete in the IBJJF World Championship. She won a bronze at the IBJJF World and a gold medal at the IBJJF Pan Championships. During the tournament, she met Regis Lebre, one of the best grapplers and coaches at Gracie Humaita Academy. The two of them bonded very well, and they got married. Lebre joined her husband’s training center and was promoted to brown and black belt under Regis Lebre in 2019. In BJJ, Janaina Lebre is considered the top lightweight female fighter. Throughout her BJJ journey, she has won titles at the IBJJF World, IBJJF Pan, IBJJF Grand Prix, IBJJF American and Brazilian Nationals, and European Championships.

Lebre’s tremendous achievements have already proved how incredible a fighter she is, and now working in the AOJ team with other top female grapplers like Jessa Khan, Mayssa Bastos, and Margot Ciccarelli, their team has become the strongest BJJ female team. She shared the news of leaving Gracie Humaita and joining AOJ on social media.

‘‘After careful reflection, we have decided to disconnect from the GRACIE HUMAITÁ team. This was not an easy choice, but it’s the right step for personal and professional growth. I am grateful to my coach and husband, Regis Lebre, for supporting my dreams and believing in me. If it weren’t for him, I would have already given up. Now, I have everything I need to become the champion I want to be. Next to this team, I only have to grow in a few training days. I learned a lot. Thank you, Mendes Bros, for opening the doors to us and teaching me a little that is very much in my eyes. I am motivated to improve and return all your efforts to make me a better athlete. I’ve always admired the work of Art of Jiu-Jitsu’’.

Photo Credit: @mendesbros

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