BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU | GI
A história de Léo Santos, no Jiu-Jitsu, começou em 1986, aos seis anos de idade, no Mello Tênis Clube, na Vila da Penha, subúrbio do Rio de Janeiro, quando começou a ser treinado pelo seu primo e professor Wendell Alexander.
Leo started competing at the age of nine, however, he only took it seriously three years later, when he started to dedicate himself more to training. Having a natural talent for soft art, he then set himself the goal of being the best in this sport, and the highlight became a consequence.
At 14 years old he won his first adult championship, and at sixteen he won his first world championship, in the blue belt, in the adult feather category, becoming the youngest fighter to achieve the feat.
Leo conquest the black belt in 1999 and faced one of the greatest representatives of the Gracie family, Royler Gracie. This confrontation is considered by experts as one of the greatest classics in the history of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) Leo Santos x Royler Gracie. Although he lost, he was considered a winner by many, and soon achieved a remarkable projection in soft art.
During the period that he dedicated himself exclusively to BJJ, Léo was undefeated for five years. It is worth mentioning the Black Belt competition, which brought together the sixteen best black belts of the time, when Leo became champion and was elected the best light black belt, today.
Ao longo de sua carreira, Léo faturou três títulos mundiais na CBJJ (Confederação Brasileira de Jiu-Jitsu) e quatro na CBJJO (Confederação Brasileira de Jiu-Jitsu Olímpico), tornando-se heptacampeão mundial, além de dois pan-americanos e inúmeros campeonatos brasileiros.