In 1992 Professor Leão Teixeira was already making history in Jiu-Jitsu through his work at Gracie Barra and at the sporting championships organized by the Brazilian Confederation and Jiu-Jitsu Association of Barra da Tijuca.
It was then that he received an invitation by the renowned dance entrepreneur and teacher Dalal Achcar to develop a work with kids at the ‘Gávea Center for Culture and Arts’
It was a beginning of a new successful story with ‘Gávea Jiu-Jitsu’. The new training center grew so much that professor Leão Teixeira eventually had to step away from Gracie Barra’s branch to focus solely on the new endeavor, it was the birth of Leão Teixeira School of Jiu-Jitsu and just like with his previous experience at Gracie Barra it has been the origin of many great practitioners of the sport.
With a great tradition on teaching youngsters Master Leão Teixeira and his team of instructors have been successful passing on to the students of all three affiliated schools in the neighborhoods of Gávea, São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca a philosophy based on moral values acquired through the practice of a sport, having as mission:
To Educate and instill our students with Determination, Respect and Discipline.
In the year of 2014 Leão Teixeira School of Jiu-Jitsu was invited to organize a program of training in Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense inside The American School of Rio de Janeiro (EARJ).
“The opportunity of being involved with, through the process of sports education, one of the most prestigious schools in Rio de Janeiro reaffirms the great value of our Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense program for youngsters. Excellence is our goal.” Leão Teixeira
On average students get in the school between the ages of 3-6 and they go through a lengthy process of education (Technical Evaluations, Theoretical Tests, Tournaments and Internal Ranking). And later on at about 16, they take part in training with older teenagers and adults.
The Internal Tournaments is a great opportunity to experience a situation that follows the same patterns as an oficial event, for those that are not part of our competition team, which is a great way to discover new teachings and values within the sport.
The official competition team of the School has been developing quite a few stand-outs in oficial competitions conquering numerous titles.
Many of those have already graduated as black belts and today represent Brasil on International Competitions.