Leo Vieira

Leo Vieira x Rani Yahia 2005
Leo Vieira x Rani Yahia 2005

Nickname: Leozinho
Complete name: Leonardo Vieira
Home: Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Vieira Bros. Team

Division: under 65.9 Kg

ADCC achievements:
– ADCC 2007 2nd Place
– ADCC 2005 Champion
– ADCC 2003 Champion
– Ranked 3rd in BJJ “Greatest Of All Times” by GracieMag

Leo is a veteran champion. Having started jiu-jitsu under Romero “Jacaré” ­Cavalcanti, Vieira has seen unprecedented success both in gi, no-gi and submission fighting tournaments. He’s known for his good humour and creative style. Back in 2000 Leo showed his potencial to the world while fighting with Mark Kerr in the ADCC. Now he is a multiple BJJ and ADCC champion known for his slick skills. Vieira’s fights shows such a level of dynamic jiu-jitsu that they become something really exciting to watch, even for laymen.

Leo Vieira (white) x Rani Yahya 2007
Leo Vieira (white) x Rani Yahya 2007

He is 1 – 1 against Rani Yahya. He won in 2005 and lost in 2007. We hope they meet again this year and check who’s the best fighter below 66 Kg in the world.

Leo and his brother run their own academy in California. He’s a perfectionist instructor, having formed many black-belts and instructing black-belts from other places. Vieira is also recognized as an excellent coach for competitions because of his deep knowledge of strategy.

“The no-gi mundial is exactly the same as the gi mundial except for the uniform. Usually a worldwide competition (i.e. world cup soccer) is an amazing competition, but the Jiu-Jitsu Mundials are not. I don’t understand the point of having a world champion at the different coloured belts. I think the ADCC is better in that regard of no skill limits.”

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Robert Drysdale

Robert DrysdaleBorn in 1981
Home: Utah – USA
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Team Robert Drysdale
Division: under 98.9 Kg

BJJ/ADCC record:
2007 (Black Belt)
* 1st place in the ADCC World Championships – Absolute division
* 3rd place in the ADCC World Championships – under 98.9 Kg division
* 2nd place in the BJJ World Championships (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 3rd place in the BJJ World Championships – Open Division (IBJJF/CBJJ)

2006 (Black Belt)
* 1st place in the BJJ Black Belt World Championship (CBJJO)
* 2nd place in the BJJ World Championships (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 3x times Brazilian National equips Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)

2005 (Black Belt)
* 3x times BJJ World Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 1st place Black Belt World Championships (CBJJO)
* 1st place in local Toughman Contest

2004 (Brown/Black Belt)
* 2x National Brazilian National Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 1st place in the Brazilian National Championship open division (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 3rd place World Championship (IBJJf/CBJJ)
* 1st place in the Scandinavian open
* 1st place in the Scandinavian open absolute division

2003 (Brown Belt)
* 1st place in the BandSports Challenge
* 2x times Brazilian National equips Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 2x times World Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* World Cup Champion (CBJJO)
* National Brazilian Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* Brazilian Cup Champion (CBJJO)

Robert Drysdale submitted Marcelo Garcia
Robert Drysdale submitted Marcelo Garcia

2002 (Purple Belt)
* 2x Summer Festival Champion (FESPBJJ)
* 2x Submission Fighter Champion (1st place) (FESPBJJ)
* 2x Maromba Cup Champion
* 2x Maromba Cup Absolute Champion
* 2x Submission Fighter Champion (2nd phase) (FESPBJJ)
* 2x State Trials Champion
* 2x State Trials Absolute Champion
* 1st Lerjj 1st phase
* 1st place in the Lerjj 1st phase open division
* 1st place in the Submission Fighter Championship (3rd phase) (FESPBJJ)
* 2x Overall Submission Wrestling Champion (FESP-BJJ)
* 3rd place Professional division Submission Fighter (FESPBJJ)
* 1st Lerjj 2nd phase
* 1st Lerjj 2nd phase 2nd place in the Absolute division
* 2x 1st place State Championship (FESP-BJJ)
* 3rd place State Championship Absolute
* 1st place in the Brazilian Equips Championship
* 1st place in the Rio de Janeiro State Championship
* 1st place in the Rio de Janeiro State Championship open division
* 1st place in the São Paulo Open
* 1st place in the São Paulo Open absolute division
* 1st “Jogos Regionais” Champion
* 1st “Jogos Regionais” Equips Champion
* World Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)

2001 (Purple Belt)
* 1st place Summer Festival
* 1st place in the Summer Festival open division
* 1st place in the Submission Fighter (1st place) (FESP-BJJ)
* 1st place Maromba Cup
* 2nd place in the Maromba Cup open division
* 1st place in the Submission Fighter (2nd phase) (FESP-BJJ)
* 3rd place in the Pan-American Championships (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 1st place in the State Trials Championship
* 1st place in the State Trials open division
* 1st place in the Lerjj 2nd phase
* 2nd place in the Submission Fighter (3rd phase) (FESP-BJJ)
* Overall Submission Fighter champion (FESP-BJJ)
* 1st place in the State Championship
* 1st place in the State Championship open division
* 1st place in the Sport JJ Cup
* 1st place in the Sport JJ Cup open division
* 1st in the “Jogos Regionais”
* 1st place in the “Jogos Regionais” Equips
* 2nd place Brazilian Championship (LBJJ)
* 1st Place in the Pessoa Cup
* 1st Place in the Pessoa Cup Open division
* 1st place in the Fesp-BJJ circuit (1st place)
* 3rd place in the Fesp-BJJ circuit open division (1 phase)
* 3rd place in the Nucleo cup open division
* 1st place in the (2nd phase) Fesp-BJJ circuit
* 1st place in the Itatiba Cup
* 1st place (3rd phase) Orlando Saraiva Circuit
* 1st place (3rd phase) Orlando Saraiva Circuit open division
* 2nd place in the Brazilian National Championship (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* Overall Submission Wrestling Champion (Fesp-BJJ)

2000 (Blue Belt)
* 2x California State Champion
* 2nd place Silver State Judo Championship
* 2x Las Vegas Judo Championship
* 3rd place in the Copa Pacifica
* 3rd place in the Copa Pacifica open division
* 3rd place in the São Carlos JJ Cup
* 1st place in the Grapplers Quest Las Vegas
* 1st place in the 2nd American BJJ Championship
* 3rd place in the 2nd American BJJ Championship open division)

1999 (Blue Belt)
* 1st place in the California State Championship
* 1st place in the California State Championship (absolute)
* 2nd place in the Silver State Judo Championship
* 1st place in the 2nd Las Vegas invitational Judo Championship
* 1st place in the Submission Wrestling open
* 1st place in the 7th International Jiu-Jitsu Championship
* 2nd place in the 7th International Jiu-Jitsu Championship (absolute)
* 3rd place in the Copa Pacifica Jiu-Jitsu
* 3rd place in the Copa Pacifica de Jiu-Jitsu open division

MMA record: 1 – 0 – 0 (armbar in the 1st round)

Gracie ripping Drysdale's sleeve
Gracie ripping Drysdale’s sleeve

Brazilian/american jiu-jitsu black belt Robert Drysdale has been training and competing in BJJ since 1998. Robert was born in the USA and then moved to Brazil with his family at the age of six. As a teenager Robert returned to the USA to attend college in Las Vegas. There he began training with the Luis Pederneiras (Nova União) association. It was quickly evident that Drysdale was a natural at brazilian jiu-jitsu. It was during that time in Las Vegas that Robert decided he would dedicate himself fully to the training, competing, and teaching the art of brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Robert returned to Brazil in 2000 where he lived until 2008. During that eight year period Robert Drysdale owned and operated a jiu-jitsu academy in the town of Itu, São Paulo, Brazil. While in São Paulo Robert trained with the Maromba Club and later with team Brasa Jiu-Jitsu Club. His personal commitment to teaching, training, and competing at the sports highest level was absolute. He trained several times per week with his fellow teammates at Brasa Jiu-jitsu club headquartered in downtown São Paulo. This elite team of world-class brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters is composed of some of the best black belts in the world. It was at Brasa in 2004 Robert received his black belt from Leo Viera.

In 2008 Robert relocated to the USA and is currently teaching and training in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is currently training with former UFC Champion, Randy Couture and former Pride Champion Wanderlei Silva. Robert Drydale recently made his amateur MMA debut with Tuff-N-Uff, winning by armbar in the first round against Josh Musick.
Now he’s going to face Roger Gracie in a special match called Superfight. The last time they fought was in the finals of 2007 BJJ World Championship. Gracie won in a funny episode where he ripped Drysdale’s kimono.

Drysdale runs a martial arts school in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Watch his best videos here.

André Galvão

Andre GalvaoNickname: Deco
Born in 1982
Home: Minas Gerais – Brasil
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Nogueira and TT Jiu-Jitsu
Division: under 87.9 Kg

BJJ/ADCC record:
Bronze Medal in ADCC 2007 in his division and in the absolute
Gold Medal in Jiu-Jitsu World Championship 2008 – under 87.9 Kg
Bronze Medal in Jiu-Jitsu World Championship 2008 – absolute division

MMA record: 3 – 1 – 0 (100% of victories by submission)

Bio: Galvão was a third place finisher in the 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships in the open weight and under 77 kg class. He currently fights as one of the welterweight competitors in DREAM’s 2009 Welterweight Grand Prix. He won all his MMA fights with his killing armbar.

“Agradeço a Deus por isso, ter me dado força, treinamento e estratégia. Essa é uma categoria nova e, apesar de eu não estar no limite, porque bati 85 Kg, acho que consegui ser um pouco mais rápido que os adversários e isso me favoreceu muito.”

He uses a very special workout after his trainings, focused in dexterity, strenght, resistance and in the mind, all at the same time.