Lucas Leite celebrates title against big guys

Lucas Leite in photo by K Jewel

Lucas Leite just keeps turning heads, for being the warrior of the mats he is. At the No-Gi Worlds early this month in California, the black belt added another gold medal to his mantel. And to do so he had to match strength and technique with the big guys.

“I was really pleased with my campaign, mainly because I competed at heavyweight [Lucas usually enters at light or middleweight]. I won three matches and am thrilled about it,” said Leite, who also shared the glory with his team, which took top spot on the podium.

“I’d also like to point out how our team, CheckMat, won its third No-Gi world title!”

With the end of the season fast approaching, the black belt recaps his performance in 2011.

“It was a good year. I taught a lot of seminars and classes. My students are getting better and I even took runner-up at the Pan, runner-up at the Worlds, won the No-Gi American Nationals and won the No-Gi World Championship,” he says in closing.

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