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Lucas Leite - Top BJJ Competitor & Coach

Lucas Leite - Top BJJ Competitor & Coach

1. Lucas Leite’s Details

Lucas Leite’s Details
Name Lucas Jonas Gomes Leite
Nickname “Loucura”
Born Sao Paulo, Brazil
Date of Birth 3rd of November 1982
Age 41
Weight Division Heavyweight, Mediumweight, Lightweight
Last Weigh-in N/A
Height N/A
Disclosed Career Earnings N/A
College N/A
Rank Black Belt
Last Fight N/A
Favorite Position Half Guard
Head Coach Leonardo Vieira
Lineage Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Lucas Leite
Fighting out of N/A
Team Association Checkmat BJJ
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2. Lucas Leite’s Biography

Lucas Leite is the strongest black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a fighter of Checkmat Academy. As a black belt, he competed in various grappling tournaments and marked his presence in the field of jiu-jitsu.

“If you’ve never lost, you don’t know what it is to win.”

2.1. Lucas Leite’s Early Life

Lucas Leite was born on 3rd November 1982 in Sao Paulo. Throughout his childhood days, Leite practiced different sports but at the age of 12, he found interest in jiu-jitsu after seeing the first Ultimate Fighting Championship through the VHS cassette. Leite was inspired by Royce Gracie’s fighting skills in UFC and then decided to participate in jiu-jitsu.

2.2. Lucas Leite’s First Instructor

Lucas Leite got his initial BJJ training under his first instructor, Ryan Gracie. Leite learned various basic jiu-jitsu techniques under his supervision but at that time Leite was just considering the BJJ as a hobby. Even he stopped practicing jiu-jitsu for a whole year. At the age of 18, Leite decided to move back to mats and contribute again to the BJJ but due to his family relocation, he was unable to join the Ryan’s Institute. Then Leite joined the Leozinho Vieira‘s Coaching school where he learned those major BJJ techniques which proved to be a major turning point in Leite’s life.

2.3. Learning of Half Guard

When Leite was fully devoted to jiu-jitsu by practicing under Leo Vieira, he gained more motivation to become a serious and top BJJ grappler. He also learned his famous signature Half Guard technique from Leo. After learning the advanced skills, Leite competed in various competitions as a heavyweight division fighter. He also competed multiple times in two weight categories above his natural weight.

2.4. Development of Checkmat Academy camps

In 2007, Lucas Leite moved from Brazil to America and developed one of the most powerful and renowned Checkmat Academy camps. Lucas Leite started his teaching career there and became one of the top-class head instructors of the training camps.

2.5. Lucas Leite’s Signature BJJ Technique

Lucas Leite was renowned due to his intelligent and dynamic half-guard approach. He won various BJJ tournaments by applying a twisting knee-hip pressure that opponents find hard to resist. Leite was in absolute favor of the half-guard technique as he considered this technique effective for both gi and no gi competitions. Although Leite was a lightweight, he faced multiple opponents who were heavyweights. Leite also competed against those competitors who had an absolute division. Leite’s fight efficiency was due to his training with heavier training partners at his gym. The top heavyweight competitors who faced the loss against Leite were Tim Spriggs, Roberto “Tussa” Alencar, Kron Gracie, and Xande Ribeiro.

2.6. Expertise in Half Guard

Lucas Leite was highly proficient in applying the half-guard and always made sweeping easy for him. The sweeps of Lucas Leite include the Horse Kick Sweep, Half Lasso Sweep, and Dogfight Sweep. Among all the sweeps, the top most sweep that Lucas likes the most is the ‘Carry the baby,’ sweep. In this sweep, the opponent is carried like a baby irrespective of the fact that the opponent is big or small. Once Leite was questioned regarding his training with heavier competitors, he answered:

‘’In my case, the secret to fighting bigger and heavier opponents is the fact that I’ve always had bigger and heavier training partners, since the time I was training in Brazil, with Robert Drysdale, Andre Galvao, and Marcel. Here in the United States, I train with Joao Assis, Buchecha, Yuri Simoes, and Jack, and because some of them have more than 100 kilos, I do not feel the size/weight difference so much when I am fighting a 94 kilos opponent’’.

When Leite was asked about his goals, he said:

‘’My goal as a teacher is to make my team stronger and stronger, gi and no gi. My goal as a fighter is to try and win the ADCC’’.

2.7. Lucas Leite Opened a Jiu-Jitsu Teaching Institute

In 2007, Lucas Leite moved to California and opened a new BJJ coaching school where Leite is currently providing jiu-jitsu training to the students. Leite’s institute produced various top BJJ fighters including UFC athlete Jessica Penne. Jessica won various tournaments including the 2015 Pan American Championship where she competed in the 94 kg division instead of the fact that she was a middleweight at that time.

2.8. Top Programs Offered by Lucas Leite’s BJJ Institute

Kids Jiu-Jitsu Program

Through the kids' Jiu-Jitsu program offered at his institute, a large number of students are getting supreme quality training from top-class BJJ coaches. Leite had a strong belief that martial arts is not just about fighting but plays a strong role in contributing to the best values in the students. If they learn effectively then they can use the jiu-jitsu skills as a main tool to get success. Apart from victory in BJJ competitions, another main motive of this program is to develop awareness among the students to build strong and lifetime habits of physical fitness along with the development of supreme confidence and a focused mind. During the memorable journey of all belt divisions, children learn the effective way to formulate goals and discipline for life. Children can also benefit from learning self-defense and anti-bullying strategies which are highly valuable in their development as ethical and highly competent BJJ fighters.

No GI Jiu-Jitsu Program

This program of Lucas Leite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides top-notch training in both Gi and No Gi. In the No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu program, students learn techniques that only rely on the body as compared to the grips on the Gi as No Gi excludes the use of traditional clothing, Gi. Those students who acquire training in this program learn the intelligent application of various techniques including sweeping, clinching, and foot locks. Highly skilled instructors teach better defensive techniques against those opponents who do not wear the traditional BJJ Gi. Along with the defensive techniques, students get the incredible chance to get the best workouts as practicing without Gi depends on the holds, leverage, and slips.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is highly valuable for those students who want to compete in higher levels of BJJ competitions. This program teaches the ideal self-defense techniques to secure victory by defeating a stronger competitor. Students of this program can learn the proficient throws and takedowns through this program. Highly skilled competitors provide the best coaching classes regarding jiu-jitsu techniques and timings to maintain the best control over opponents. By learning the submission strategies, students can become skilled fighters in BJJ. So whether an athlete is at a beginner or professional level, this program can improve their skills more so they can take challenges every day.

3. Lucas Leite’s Top Fight History

3.1. Lucas Leite vs Diego Herzog

In the 2013 Pan Championship, a thrilling battle occurred between two top competitors, Lucas Leite and Diego Herzog. Ultimately, Lucas Leite applied the Choke From Back technique against his opponent, Diego Herzog, and won the match.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2013 Pan Championship Diego Herzog W Choke From Back N/A Mediumweight

3.2. Lucas Leite vs Nicholas Meregali

Although Leite won multiple jiu-jitsu tournaments, he had to face a loss at the 2017 World Championship where he competed against the strongest opponent, Nicholas Meregali. Lucas Leite tried hard for submission but Meregali applied the Choke From Back technique and secured the victory.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2017 World Champ Nicholas Meregali L Choke From Back N/A Heavyweight

3.3. Lucas Leite vs Augusto Vieira

In the 2009, Pan Championship, Lucas Leite faced the Augusto Vieira. At the end of the match, Lucas Leite was declared as the winner based on the points.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2009 Pan Championship Augusto Vieira W Points SF Mediumweight

4. Lucas Leite’s National and International Achievements

Year Event Medal/Position Weight Division
2007 GQ All-Star Pro GoldGold Medal Icon Lightweight
2007 Pan American GoldGold Medal Icon Lightweight
2007 ADCC Trials BronzeBronze Medal Icon Mediumweight
2007 NoGi Pan Am. SilverSilver Medal Icon Lightweight
2008 Pan American BronzeBronze Medal Icon Mediumweight
2009 Pan American GoldGold Medal Icon Mediumweight
2009 World Champ. BronzeBronze Medal Icon Mediumweight
2009 NoGi Worlds GoldGold Medal Icon Mediumweight
2010 Pan American BronzeBronze Medal Icon Mediumweight
2010 No Gi Worlds BronzeBronze Medal Icon Mediumweight
2010 No Gi Worlds BronzeBronze Medal Icon Absolute Division
2010 Grapplers Quest GoldGold Medal Icon Mediumweight
2011 Pan American SilverSilver Medal Icon Mediumweight
2011 World Champ. SilverSilver Medal Icon Mediumweight
2011 No Gi Worlds GoldGold Medal Icon Heavyweight
2012 NYC World Trials GoldGold Medal Icon Medium Heavyweight
2012 World Pro. SilverSilver Medal Icon Medium Heavyweight
2012 World Champ. BronzeBronze Medal Icon Medium Heavyweight
2013 World Champ. SilverSilver Medal Icon Heavyweight
2013 NoGi Worlds BronzeBronze Medal Icon Absolute Division
2015 Pan American GoldGold Medal Icon Heavyweight
2015 Marianas Open BronzeBronze Medal Icon Absolute Division
2015 World Champ. SilverSilver Medal Icon Heavyweight

4.1. Lucas Leite’s Main Achievements

Year Event Belt Position
2015 IBJJF Pan Championship Black 1st
2014 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Black 1st
2014 IBJJF Pan Championship Black 1st
2014 IBJJF Pan Championship Black 2nd
2014 IBJJF World Championship Black 3rd
2013 IBJJF World Championship Black 2nd
2013 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Black 2nd
2012 IBJJF Pan Championship Black 1st
2012 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Championship Black 2nd
2012 IBJJF World Championship Black 3rd
2011 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Black 1st
2011 IBJJF World Championship Black 2nd
2011 IBJJF Pan Championship Black 2nd
2009 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Black 1st
2009 IBJJF Pan Championship Black 1st
2009 IBJJF World Championship Black 3rd

4.2. Lucas Leite’s Main Achievements (Colored Belts)

Year Event Belt Position
2007 IBJJF World Championship Brown 1st
2007 IBJJF Pan American Championship Brown 1st
2007 G. Quest Pro Division Championship
1st
2006 FPJJ Sao Paulo State Championship Brown 1st
2006 IBJJF European Open Brown 1st
2005 IBJJF World Championship Brown 1st

5. Lucas Leite BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

84 matches 58 Wins 26 Losses
By Points 34 15
By advantages 6 3
By Submission 12 8
By Decision 6 0
By Penalties 0 0
By DQ 0 0

5.1. Methods of Submission W/L

Methods 12 Wins 8 Losses
CHOKE FROM BACK 8 1
SUBMISSION 1 0
CROSS CHOKE 1 0
RNC 1 0
CHOKE FROM MOUNT 1 0
ARMBAR 0 4
WRISTLOCK 0 1
EZEKIEL 0 1
BRABO CHOKE 0 1

6. Lucas Leite’s Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
Fredson Alves L Ezekiel World Champ. Lightweight R1 2006
Paulo Guillobel W Pts: 2x0 GQ All Star Pro Lightweight 4F 2007
Bill  ‘’Grill’’ Cooper W Points GQ All Star Pro Lightweight F 2007
Rani Yahya W Pts: 8x3 GQ All Star Pro Lightweight SF 2007
Rafael Barbosa W Pts: 7x2 Pan American Lightweight F 2007
Marcio Feitosa L Pts: 2x0 NoGi Pan Am. Lightweight F 2007
Daniel Moraes L Points ADCC Trials Medium weight SF 2007
Joao Cunha W RNC NoGi Pan Am. Lightweight SF 2007
Gustavo “Guto” Campos L Pts: 5x4 Pan American Medium weight SF 2008
Victor Estima L Armbar World Champ. Medium weight R1 2008
Diego Gamonal W Points World Champ. Medium weight R1 2008
Rodrigo Teixeira W Referee Decision NoGi Worlds Medium weight R1 2008
Jay Pages W Choke from back Pan American Medium weight 4F 2009
Augusto Vieira W Points Pan American Medium weight SF 2009
Otavio ‘The Steamroller’ Sousa L Pts: 4x0 Pan American ABS 4F 2009
Kron Gracie W Pts: 7x0 Pan American Medium weight F 2009
Kron Gracie W Pts: 2x0 World Champ. Medium weight 4F 2009
Marcelo ‘’Marcelinho’’ Garcia L Pts: 6x0 World Champ. Medium weight SF 2009
Mike Jarmilo W Pts: 2x0 NoGi Worlds Medium weight 4F 2009
Diego Gamonal W Points NoGi Worlds Medium weight 8F 2009
Murilo Silva W Pts: 2x0 NoGi Worlds Medium weight SF 2009
Carlos Ferreira W Pts: 8x0 NoGi Worlds Medium weight F 2009
Adriano Silva W Points Pan American Medium weight 4F 2010
Carlos Sievert W Choke from back Pan American Medium weight R1 2010
Abmar Barbosa L Armbar Pan American Medium weight SF 2010
Gilbert Burns L N/A No Gi Worlds Medium weight SF 2010
Roberto Abreu L Points No Gi Worlds ABS SF 2010
Roberto “Tussa”  Alencar W Points No Gi Worlds ABS 8F 2010
Leandro Leite W Points No Gi Worlds ABS 4F 2010
Bill  ‘’The Grill’’ Cooper W Points Grapplers Quest Medium weight F 2010
Claudio  “Juninho” Calasans L Points World Champ. Medium weight 4F 2010
Gilbert Burns W Adv Pan American Medium weight SF 2011
Claudio “Juninho” Calasans L Wristlock Pan American Medium weight F 2011
Vinicius “Pulga” Corrales W Pts: 2x2, Adv World Champ. Medium weight 4F 2011
Sylvio Augusto W Pts: 15x0 World Champ. Medium weight RDS 2011
Gabriel Rodrigues W Referee Decision World Champ. Medium weight RDS 2011
Clark Gracie W Pts: 6x0 World Champ. Medium weight SF 2011
Marcelo ‘’Marcelinho’’ Garcia L Pts: 2x0 World Champ. Medium weight F 2011
Roberto “Tussa” Alencar W Adv No Gi Worlds Heavyweight F 2011
Joao Moncaio W Points No Gi Worlds Heavyweight 4F 2011
Ricardo Mesquita W Pts: 8x2 Pan American Heavyweight R2 2012
Renan Vital W Pts: 8x0 Pan American Heavyweight SF 2012
Rodrigo “Pimpolho” Fajardo W Points World Pro. Medium weight R2 2012
De’Alonzio Jerome Jackson W Referee Decision NYC World Trials Medium Heavyweight F 2012
Mathias Ribeiro W Points World Pro. Medium weight R1 2012
Adriano Silva W Points World Pro. Medium weight 4F 2012
Claudio “Juninho” Calasans L Pts: 2x0 World Pro. Medium weight F 2012
Vitor Bonfim W Submission World Pro. Medium weight SF 2012
Juan Pablo Molina W Choke from mount World Champ. Medium weight R2 2012
Bill ‘’The Grill’’ Cooper W Pts: 15x0 World Champ. Medium weight 8F 2012
Otavio  ‘The Steamroller’ Sousa L Pts: 6x4 World Champ. Medium weight SF 2012
Daniel “Neguinho” Garcia W Pts: 6x0 World Champ. Medium weight 4F 2012
Keenan Kai-James Cornelius L Armbar World Expo ABS SPF 2013
Diego Herzog W Choke from back Pan American Medium Heavyweight 4F 2013
Rodolfo “Black Belt Hunter” Vieira L Brabo choke World Champ. Heavyweight F 2013
Roberto “Tussa” Alencar W Pts: 16x0 World Champ. Heavyweight 4F 2013
Alexandre ‘’Xande’’ Ribeiro W Referee Decision World Champ. Heavyweight SF 2013
Romulo ‘’Rominho’’ Barral L Points ADCC Medium Heavyweight 4F 2013
Neiman Gracie W Points NoGi Worlds Heavyweight SF 2013
AJ “Leão” Agazarm W Adv NoGi Worlds ABS 4F 2013
Josh Hayden W Points ADCC Medium Heavyweight R1 2013
Murilo Silva L Adv NoGi Worlds ABS SF 2013
John Slater W Choke from back Pan American Heavyweight 4F 2014
Roberto “Tussa” Alencar W Choke from back Pan American Heavyweight SF 2014
Luiz Fernando L Armbar World Pro. ABS R1 2014
Dimitrius “Dimi” Souza L Adv World Champ. Heavyweight 4F 2014
Braulio ‘’Carcará’’  Estima L Pts: 3x0 World Pro. Heavyweight R1 2014
Morris Ayala W Pts: 0x0, Adv NoGi Worlds Heavyweight 4F 2014
Timothy-Michael Spriggs W Pts: 8x0 NoGi Worlds Heavyweight SF 2014
Vitor Schlosser W Choke from back Pan American Heavyweight R2 2015
Lucas Rocha de Freitas W Pts: 20x2 Pan American Heavyweight F 2015
Vitor “Gigante”  Toledo W Pts: 8x0 Pan American Heavyweight 4F 2015
Rodrigo Silva W Pts: 5x0 Pan American Heavyweight SF 2015
Terence Aflague W Cross choke Marianas Open ABS 4F 2015
Keenan Kai-James Cornelius L Pts: 4x2 Marianas Open ABS SF 2015
Timothy-Michael Spriggs W Referee Decision World Champ. Heavyweight SF 2015
Herico Hesley W Choke from back World Champ. Heavyweight 8F 2015
Eduardo Inojosa W Referee Decision World Champ. Heavyweight 4F 2015
Alexandre ‘’Xande’’  Ribeiro L Pts: 4x2 World Champ. Heavyweight F 2015
Marcos “Lekinho” Tinoco L Pts: 2x2, Adv World Champ. Mediumweight 4F 2016
Darragh O’Conaill W Pts: 9x2 World Champ. Mediumweight R2 2016
Vinicius “Esquisito” Marinho W Choke from back World Champ. Mediumweight 8F 2016
Nicholas Meregali L Choke from back World Champ. Heavyweight 4F 2017
Rodrigo Ribeiro W Pts: 0x0, Adv World Champ. Heavyweight 8F 2017

7. Lucas Leite Top Fights

Marcos Tinoco VS Lucas Leite / World Championship 2016

Marcelo Garcia VS Lucas Leite / World Championship 2009

Lucas Leite x John Slater: 2014 Pan Ams Quarter Final

CC: Rodolfo Vieira vs. Lucas Leite - Openweight - 2013 Worlds

Lucas Leite VS Jay Pages / Pan Championship 2009

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