How Checkmat Started

Pure Brazilian Jiu Jitsu How Checkmat Started

The team was founded by two brothers, Leonardo Vieira and Ricardo “Rico” Vieira, who belonged to an elite generation of grappling competitors raised under the Alliance team camp in the late 1990s. After a series of quarrels between the team and the main Alliance coach (Fabio Gurgel), many of the fighters were expelled from the group (in 2002), which propelled this gang of “Ronin” to form their own academy. Team (Brasa) had Ricardo and “Leo” two of its main figures. The Brasa team command was divided among a few of these fighters and, according to the Vieira brothers, lacked serious leadership and direction. For these reasons, the brothers decided to break their bond with Brasa and launched their own endeavor, the Checkmat team which was founded in 2008.

Checkmat BJJ in Detail

Name: Checkmat
Team Lineage: Academia Gracie > Alliance Jiu Jitsu > Brasa > Checkmat
Founded: 2008
Founders: Ricardo Vieira / Leonardo Vieira

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