Leonardo is BJJ black belt, graduated by Master Murilo Bustamante in 2004.
He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and lived there until 2008 when he moved to the UK. He has been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) since 1994 with the team of Master Murilo Bustamante, who in 2000 founded the world-famous Brazilian Top Team (BTT).
During his BJJ development, he had the opportunity to train and be trained by some famous BJJ masters as Ricardo Libório, Sérgio “Bolão” Souza, Zé Mário Sperry, Pedro Duarte, Alvaro Ramos (Vavá) and of course Murilo Bustamante. Leonardo has always been a martial arts enthusiast, having practiced karate and aikido under the guidance of his great Master and father Paulo Gamarra, who is an experienced black belt and expert in martial arts for over 40 years. Leonardo has also some background in boxing and judo.
Besides being a BJJ fighter and instructor, Leonardo is also Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist.
Leo drives his life style through the principles of martial arts – respect, discipline and humility: “I always make sure I pass it on to my students, and try to persuade them to have similar way of thinking and attitude.”