Checkmat is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu professional team led by the brothers Leonardo Vieira, Ricardo Vieira and Leandro Vieira. The team was founded in 2008 and since then it's considered one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission schools of all times. Its name was chosen in reference to the chess tactics and strategies that are very similar to Jiu-Jitsu: every move is important and leads the competitor to victory.
Checkmat has several locations around the world: Brazil, Sweden, USA, England, Japan, Denmark, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Paraguay and more. Besides molding BJJ fighters to compete in Gi, Checkmat also provides a very consistent training program to improve specific abilities and skills for MMA fighters.
MMA is the sport on the rise worldwide and the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu concepts are considered a must have in the rings and octagons around the world. Some of the most successful MMA fighters nowadays have their BJJ training did by Checkmat black belts. Since 2012 Leandro Vieira is the BJJ head coach at the American Kickboxing Academy – also considered one of the best MMA teams – and is responsible for fighters such as Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold, Josh Thomson and more. Other MMA fighters previously trained by Checkmat: Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, BJ Penn, Junior dos Santos, Demian Maia and more.