Featured Academy August: Gracie Morumbi

Every month JiuJitsuSweep.com features an up and coming academy based on academy size, instructor lineage, or competition achievements. This month we feature Gracie Morumbi from California.


Gracie Morumbi has 3 locations  2 of which are in the United States at

2160 E. Thompson Blvd.

Ventura, CA 93003   (805) 643-7717


1182 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 (805) 496-1610  respectively.

And the original Gracie Morumbi Sao Paulo Brazil, located at

Gracie Morumbi Sao Paulo, Brazil
Av. Giovanni Gronchi5174 – Vila Andrade.

Gracie Morumbi is owned and operated by head instructor and 3rd degree black belt Professor Fabio Leopoldo and along with partner Erik Klinger ,  they handle the Jiu Jitsu program and the day to day operations of Gracie Morumbi. With the recent victory at the International Masters Jiu Jitsu Championships in Brazil, winning gold only adds to Professor Fabio Leopoldo’s resume.

Former 3 time world BJJ champion , Fabio Leopoldo has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 1995 when he started training with the late Master Ryan Gracie  in Brazil and accredits his success in competition to his lifelong dedication to the Arte Suave and participating in rigorous training sessions that prepared him for competition and have been proven successful with his students at various Jiu Jitsu competitions. Some of Professor Leopoldos achievements include but are not limited to;

3 time  World Champion (2000 /brown belt, 2002 /black belt);

4 time  Pan American Champion (2000 /brown belt , 2002 weight and  absolute, 2010 as master);

Brazilian National Champion (2001 /black belt);

2 time World Silver Medalist (1998 /purple belt, 1999 /brown belt);

6 time  Pan American Silver Medalist (1996 /purple belt, 2000/ brown belt absolute, 2001 black belt absolute, 2003, 2009 weight & absolute – master);

Brazilian National Silver Medalist (1997 /blue belt);

3 time World Bronze Medalist (2001 /black belt, 2003, 2005);

With an impressive competition record Fabio Leopoldo takes his competition experience and training to Gracie Morumbi, with over 20 years of teaching experience and , as named for the section in Sao Paulo Brazil where he opened his very first successful academy that stands there today.  No stranger to hard work and dedication, Fabio Leopoldo is still involved in competition whether attending competitions or coaching his students , in one form or another Fabio Leopoldo continues to evolve and advance his knowledge and Jiu Jitsu game.

Gracie Morumbi’s program not only includes the great sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as it’s core discipline , but also includes one of the hottest fitness programs today , Kettlebells. With kickboxing and a solid kids program rounding out the curriculum at Gracie Morumbi, everyone is sure to find an avenue to achieve their health and fitness or competition goals.

Fabio Leopoldo is a firm believer that with dedication and a willingness to learn, and absorb the techniques and guidance of Gracie Morumbi, anyone can walk in a white belt and walk out a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu .

As Brazilian Jiu Jitsu becomes more mainstream everyday and countless mat hours being logged at Gracie Morumbi, be on the lookout for the success of Fabio Leopoldos academy.


To unlock your full grappling potential visit Gracie Morumbi at one of their 2 California locations or visit

http://www.graciejiujitsufabioleopoldo.com for more information.