Most of us found out about jiu-jitsu by watching a young, lanky, expressionless Brazilian named Royce Gracie somehow defeat opponents using little movements we couldn’t comprehend via a VHS cassette. This is typical in the US; however, jiu-jitsu was already seeded for years in Brazil, so it was interesting to find out that Lucas Leite learned about the art by watching that same cassette. Though this started him on his path and he was learning from Ryan Gracie, Lucas saw it as a hobby at best and quit for a year due to lack of motivation. Eventually he returned, but due to a family move, he decided to train under Leonardo Vieira and his future forever changed, as he is now at the highest level and a decorated competitor under Checkmat. A regular on the podium is awesome in itself, but considering that Lucas competes at heavyweight, two weight categories above his natural weight division (lightweight), makes it astounding! Recently on a beautiful warm, sunny day in Orange County, CA, we had the pleasure of chopping it up again with the 5x World Champion. Like he did in issue 3, Lucas showed us a variety of ways to work the half guard, as he’s known for it being his bread and butter because he’s so amazing at using the position. Once again we were treated to a plethora of amazing goodies and were like kids in a candy store with big wide eyes. Checkout http://www.lucasleitebjj.com if you’d like to find out more about him or get information about his school.
In this video Lucas transitions from knee shield half guard, to X-guard and then takes the back. Assisting him is his brown belt, Patricia Fontes.
For more information on Lucas Leite, a break down of this move and others he demonstrates, more great techniques from other high level practitioners, news, product reviews, nutritional advice, conditioning programs, supplements information, and more check out issue #28 of Jiu-Jitsu Magazine. Be sure to get your subscription today at http://jiujitsumag.com/.
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