Ricardo Vieira

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Ricardo Vieira
Born (1979-01-09) January 9, 1979 (age 43)
Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
DivisionSuper Featherweight
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank  3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Notable relativesLéo Vieira and Leandro Vieira
Ricardo Vieira
Medal record
Representing  Brazil
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1996 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Blue)
Gold medal – first place 1997 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Blue)
Gold medal – first place 1998 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Purple)
Gold medal – first place 1999 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Brown)
Gold medal – first place 2000 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Brown)
Gold medal – first place 2001 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 64kg (Black)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Pan American Championship
Gold medal – first place 2002 California, USA -64kg
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Ricardo Alcantara Vieira commonly known as Rico Vieira or Ricardinho is a Brazilian grappler, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, and Competitor. He was born on the 9th of January 1979. He is one of the Viera brothers (Léo and Leandro), who lead and fight for Checkmat.

Early life[edit]

Ricardo first stepped on a jiu-jitsu mat at the age of 5, joining the kids class of IBJJF Hall of Fame coach Romero Cavalcanti (Jacaré). Vieira also played football (soccer) at a high level, making the junior squad of the famous Rio de Janeiro club Flamengo, though an injury kept him from progressing further in this activity.[1]

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[edit]

Since beginning training at the age of 5, Vieira's aptitude for BJJ shone through right from the get go. He won multiple won in the junior leagues, including the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, a competition in which he won in every belt division he competed, from Blue Belt to Black Belt. He won the IBJJF World Championship as a black belt in 2001.[2] In 2009 Ricardo made a reappearance to a BJJ competition in Stockholm, Sweden, winning the absolute division in the Stockholm BJJ Open.[1] He also made another appearance in 2011 at the Brazilian National No-Gi Championship where he won the Master’s division as a lightweight.

CheckMat Jiu-Jitsu Team[edit]

One of the most successful teams in contemporary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, CheckMat's worldwide headquarters is in Signal Hill, California. CheckMat was established in 2008 by Leo and his brothers. Since its creation, Checkmat has become one of the top teams in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Team CheckMat is the 2008 and 2009 NoGi World Champion Team.[3] Team Checkmat also came in first for the Brazilian Nationals (Gi) 2010[4] and Brazilian Nationals (No-Gi) 2010.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Ricardo Vieira | BJJ Heroes". Retrieved 2022-09-22.
  2. ^ "IBJJF black belt results".retrieved 20 June 2013
  3. ^ "Checkmat conquista o bi no Mundial No Gi :: TATAME". Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Carlos Eduardo Ozório. "No-Gi Brazilian Nationals decisive day".
  5. ^ Carlos Eduardo Ozório. "Brazilian team champion issues provocation: "The dream of the grand slam is over"". Archived from the original on 2012-03-03.

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