Leandro Lo was born on the 11th of May, 1989 on the east side of São Paulo – Brazil. He started practicing Jiu-Jitsu through the Projecto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (PSLPB) a social project for underprivileged children in 2004, founded and led by Cicero Costha.
Leandro Lo is one of the most accomplished Jiu-Jitsu athletes of all time. He holds the record for most Black Belt World titles in different weight classes (5) — light, middle, medium-heavy, heavy and open weight, a 20-year-old record broken in 2020. Overall, he has won the Mundials an astonishing 7 times and has captured 8 Pan American Titles.
A former student of Cicero Costha, in 2015 Leandro started the New School Brotherhood association. Founded on the belief that the bonds we form on the mat go beyond Jiu-Jitsu, Leandro is building the next generation of Jiu-Jitsu legends.
A force to be
It was on April 14th of 2011 that Leandro shook the BJJ world. After winning the trials in the south of Brazil (Gramado), Lo went on to defeat two legends in the tournament’s final stage, Celso Vinicius and Michael Langhi. Langhi was widely considered the best lightweight in the world and hadn’t lost a competition in 3 years. In 2012 Leandro Lo cemented his name as the best lightweight competitor in the world, after wins at the Mundial (World Championship) the Pan American and the Brazilian Nationals. Leandro also established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the open weight divisions with a win at the Brazilian No-Gi Nationals and a second place at the No-Gi World Championship.
Leandro LO | CHAMPION
After winning all the main competitions at lightweight, Leandro Lo went up a weight division. Fighting at middleweight did not faze his performance as he kept winning all the top grappling competitions with and without the gi.
In late September 2015, Leandro Lo and a few of his teammates severed their bonds with the PSLPB team, moving on to form their own academy, led by Lo. New School Brotherhood was the name of the new team. Among the most significant athletes who left with Leandro, were: Luiza Monteiro, Helio Dias, Gustavo “Braguinha”, Ygor Schneider, Anderson Lira, and Wellington Luís.
In June 2018 Leandro was hoping to match Saulo Ribeiro’s 4 IBJJF world titles in 4 different weight classes, after came up short in 2017. In his weight he reached the final against Mahamed Aly but was forced to quit dislocating his shoulder in the match. Although still scheduled to compete in the final of the open weight division against Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida, the injury prevented him from competing. His quest to make history seemed lost, till Buchecha chose to open up for his friend, a practice usually reserved for team mates, and Leandro went on to be awarded his first absolute title. This also gave him his 4th world title in a different weight class tying Saulo. In 2019 the record would be his alone, as he added a 5th world title in a different weight class by winning in the heavy weight division.
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