My name is Leonardo Ceccato and I am 20 years old purple belt under Abmar Barbosa. I started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to learn how to defend myself, and it turned out to be the most important thing in my life. Even now I can remember the feeling that my first competition gave me. My feet on the mats, hundreds of people watching me – that is what gives me a feeling that I can’t explain. I love to compete, I love to feel those goose bumps, and it makes me feel like a hero before the fight.
I have been training Jiu-Jitsu since 2011, and in those years I have collected many victories. I have competed at Brasileiro, World’s, Pan Ams and many others. I have been lucky to meet and train with many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Stars, and that motivates me even more. My biggest dream is to achieve World Champion title, which I haven’t managed yet but I know it is my next dream that I am going to fulfil.
I am a hardworking person, that’s why I had the opportunity to come to USA to train and compete. I am lucky to have to people who believe in my dreams as much as do I. I would be more than happy to have Elite Sports as my sponsor and proudly represent the team whenever and wherever I am. As my other advantage I would like to add that my Instagram account should shortly reach 1k followers and my Facebook fan page has already over 1,2k fans. I promise that if you choose to welcome me to your team you won’t be disappointed.
- Bronze Brasilia Open Gi CBJJ IBJJF.
- Bronze Brasilia Open NO GI CBJJ IBJJF.
- Champion Argentina Open CBJJE.
- Champion Seletiva Paulista CBJJE.
- Champion Paulista FESP CBJJE.
- BI champion São Paulo Open CBJJE.
- Bronze no São Paulo Open CBJJ IBJJF.
- Silver no São Paulo Open NO GI CBJJ IBJJF.
- Bronze Categoria e absoluto Pan Americano CBJJ IBJJF.
- Bronze Mundial CBJJE.
- Bronze Pan Americano CBJJE.
- Silver Braseilerio CBJJE.
- Champion class e absoluto NAGA Las Vegas NO-GI.
- Champion class and Silver Absoluto NAGA Las Vegas GI.
- Silver zenith tornament Zenith Las vegas.
Q&A Session Between Leonardo Ceccato Pinheiro and Elite Sports
Question: Which Person inspires you, past ou present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: My coach Abmar Barbosa, he inspires me because he went through great difficulties early in his career and yet he did not give up and managed to win many titles, this inspires me and makes me see that even with all the difficulties we should not give up our dreams and everything is possible just dedicate yourself.
Question: What are your goals for this and upcoming years?
Answer: This year I'm preparing myself to compete Pan American No-Gi this will be a new felling, because I never compete this competition. Whitin the next 3 years I want prepare myself to be Pan American Champion and World Champion from IBJJF. In the next 5 years I want get my blackbelt and be World Champion and open my gym with my future wife.
Question: What inspires you about BJJ?
Answer: Jiu-jitsu make me happy and give more reasons for live. Training jiu-jitsu hard to compete is the best thing to life, you always want give your best.
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: I always pack the same things in my gym bag before heading to practice: my BJJ belt, a Elite Jiu Jitsu Gi, a rashguard, a pair of flip-flops, my cellphone and a change of clothes. Whenever I train No -Gi I swap my No-Gi short and my Gi and my belt, but otherwise my routine is the same.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: I have a particular finalization Foot Lock that is simple and effective.
Question: How long have you been training in BJJ?
Answer: I train at 7 years.
Question: What would be your dream fights?
Answer: Fight and win in Pan America, IBJJF .
Question: What do you think it takes to be a Champion in your sports?
Answer: It takes a dream to want to conquer it, but focused, to have along with you people to support your progress. Many and many hours of hard work. But it all starts with a dream.