you stayed in Austria, Graz for two months as a trainer for Zitadelle Graz.
My name is Leandro, I was born in Manacapuru Amazonas Brazil and I currently live in São Paulo. I am a black belt in competitive jiu-jitsu
I grew up in Brazil. My home town is called Manacapuru Amazonas.
I discovered Jiu-Jitsu with 15 to 16 years through a friend who trained years before I did. Since then I haven’t stopped training.
When I was 17/18 years old. That was in 2014, as soon as I got my blue belt. Since then I’ve been training at Cícero Costa with Cícero from blue to black.
I went to Cícero Costha with a friend from my city, who has been training there for some time already. I met him at an MMA event in my city, so I said that I really want to leave Amazonas to train Jiu-Jitsu. He talked to Cícero so that I could live with the other boys at the academy. I still recognize when I first met Cícero on the day I arrived. He is always smiling and always willing to help if you need something. No matter what.
Totally! Totally changed my life in my city. I didn’t have many opportunities to be something, because I never liked studying. So in Jiu-Jitsu I saw a way out, a way for other chances. Through Cícero I had the chance to get to know several other countries and travel all over the world.
Because of Jiu-Jitsu I learned to respect and also to be respected. Jiu jitsu is my life.
My first competition was in Manaus in 2013. I had five fights in the Amazonian championship, finishing in second place. I was very happy with my performance back then.
Success in my life today is being able to live from Jiu-Jitsu, travel the world, meet new people and be able to help my parents.
My plans for the future are to continue competing and training at a high level, so that I can produce champions and also have my own academy.
My stay here in Austria was very good. I met new people, I was able to learn and teach and also improve my English. This will help me a lot for the future. I hope to come back here next year.
Thank you Leandro. It was a pleasure meeting you. We really enjoyed the trainings and time with you. Hope to see u soon. Hopefully already next year!