Joining Marcelo Garcia, Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, Robert Drysdale, and other elite Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitors, Leo Vieira will be relocating from Brazil to the United States. Vieira will be setting up shop in La Habra, a Los Angeles suburb, at least part of the year.
In a conversation today with Vieira’s manager Chris Franco, we learned that Vieira will, at least for the near future, be teaching here at his new BJJ school in the United States six to eight months of the year. However when “Leozinho” will not be present, his brother Ricardo Vieira, Leo Leite, and Andre Galvao will take turns teaching.
Leozinho’s arrival will be celebrated with a seminar this Saturday followed by a barbeque. You can find more details at the new academy’s website.
Should the exodus of elite BJJ competitors from Brazil concern those who still train there? The conditions which gave rise to these amazing grapplers remain the same, so I don’t think Brazil will particularly suffer from a “brain drain” in the way people talk about Chinese or Indian immigrants coming to the United States to work in technical positions. What do you think?