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Romulo Barral

Romulo Barral is a retired professional grappler as well as one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coaches in the world. Tipped as “The Number 1 BJJ fighter in the world” by Gracie Mag in 2007, Romulo Barral maintained his top tier black belt status in the years that followed with consistent medals at the top jiu-jitsu tournaments, reaching BJJ Heroes’ Top 10 Competitors of All Time ranking. Originally from Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Romulo Barral established his own successful jiu-jitsu academy in California — United States, named Gracie Barra Northridge.

Full name: Rômulo Claudio Barral

Nickname: Rominho. The suffix “inho” in Portuguese is used as an endearing way of saying someone’s name.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Vinicius Magalhães > Romulo Barral

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2014/2013/2012/2009/2007)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Masters Championship (2016 Master 1)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2007**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2016**)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2006/2007)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2009)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2013)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016/2014/2011/2010**/2009*/2007*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016/2009)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017/2006)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017/2013/2013*/2006)

* Absolute

** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Spider Guard and Triangle
Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg-194lbs)
Association/Team: Gracie-Barra

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Leo Vieira

also known as Leozinho or simply Leo Vieira, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Romero Cavalcanti, being famous for combining one of the most crowd-pleasing games in BJJ with an amazing track record. Leo Vieira was also the co-founder of important teams such as Brasa Clube de Jiu-Jitsu and Checkmat BJJ, becoming in the process one of grappling’s most important coaches by developing athletes such as Marcus Almeida ‘Buchecha’, Lucas Leite, João Assis, and many others. Leozinho is also one of the Top BJJ Competitors of All Time by BJJ Heroes.

Full Name: Leonardo Alcantara Vieira

Nickname: “Leozinho” which means little Leonardo, or just Leo.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC (2003, 2005)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (1999)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2002/2004)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (1998)
  • 2nd Place ADCC (2011/2007)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (1997)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2000)

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (1996 brown)

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76 kg / 167 lbs)

Favorite Position/Technique: Brabo Choke, Guard Passing.

Association/Team: Checkmat

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Marco Canha

is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, graduated under the legendary Ricardo Vieira at the Fightzone academy (Checkmat headquarters in Rio de Janeiro). Born in the “Mecca” of jiu-jitsu, Marco Canha made a name for himself as one of the hottest new prospects to come out of the Checkmat Academy, he has since moved to Europe, where he opened up his own affiliate of Fightzone in London (check Fightzone London website).

Full name: Marco Aurelio Oliveira Canha

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira > Marco Canha

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF London Open (2013/2014 Master 1)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London NoGi Open (2013/2014 Master 1)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London Winter Open (2019 Master 2)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London Fall Open (2018 Master 2)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dublin Open (2018 Master 2)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dublin NoGi Open (2018 Master 2)
  • 1st Place UKBJJA British Open (2014)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam Tour, LDN (2019 Master 1)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European No-Gi Open (2012 Master 1)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF London Open (2012 Master 1)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF London Fall Open (2015 Master 1)
  • 2nd Place FJJ-R Rio de Janeiro State Championship (2009)
  • 3rd Place FJJ-R Rio de Janeiro State Championship (2009**)
  • 3rd Place SWOPBJJ Scandinavian Open (2009)
  • 2nd Place UKBJJA NOGI British National Open (2009)
  • 2nd CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (Blue Belt Division 1997)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Weight Division: Leve (Lightweight) 76kg-167lbs.

Favorite Position/Technique: Half Guard

Team/Association: Checkmat

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Claudia Gadelha

Claudia Gadhela is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist who competed in the Women’s Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). 

Full name: Ana Cláudia Dantas Gadelha

Nickname: Claudinha

Achievements (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu):

  • BJJ world champion (three times)
  • BJJ Rio International Open champion (four times)
  • BJJ Brazilian Nationals champion (seven times)

Achievements (Mixed martial arts):

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    – Competed in and won the First Women’s Strawweight fight in UFC History
    – Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk & Jéssica Andrade
    – Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Women’s MMA Awards
    – 2013 Fan Favorite Fighter of the Year
  •  MMAjunkie.com
    – 2016 July Fight of the Month vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
    – 2017 September Fight of the Month vs. Jéssica Andrade

Weight Division: Strawweight (52 kg / 115 lb)

Team/Association: Nick Catone MMA