The Toby Gribben Show Highlights


Leonardo Xavier

Season 2023, Ep. 40

While being groomed and mentored to become an instructor, Leo also developed into a world-class competitor representing the famous Gracie Humaitá competition team successfully in various prestigious events. Leo’s many accolades include Multiple-time Medalist at the World Championship or Mundials, Pan-American Champion, 2x Brazilian National Champion and multiple-time Rio de Janeiro state champion. “The Wizard’s” success as an active competitor was even more remarkable in light of the fact that his primary commitment was always to be an instructor. Teaching for up to 10 hours per day at the Academia did not leave the young martial artist with much time to prepare for competitions but his technical skill allowed him to compete at the highest levels. His teaching has also reached high levels, having served as Rickson Gracie's assistant at seminars worldwide, and recently being recognized as the 2022 International Martial Arts Instructor of the Year.

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