LUTE! Training Academy offers world class instruction that challenges students to pursue their full potential, while valuing time-honored traditions and mutual respect between instructors and students.
Marcelo Bonani - LUTE! BJJ Head Instructor
Elizabeth Bonani - LUTE! BJJ Instructor
Professor Marcelo “Mineiro” Bonani Carneiro is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Checkmat team from Brazil. He began his training in 1999 under master George Augusto in Minas Gerais state, Brazil. He then moved to San Paulo in 2003 and joined TT (the Terere/Telles Team) where he shared mats with world champions Rubens Cobrinha, Fernando Terere, Eduardo Telles and Andre Galvao.
Mineiro trained under world renowned Masters Leandro and Leonardo Vieira and earned his Black Belt in 2008.
Minero’s coaching led him around the world to help train teammates at CheckMat Ireland (Dublin), and Checkmat Finland (Forssa). He then went on to compete for the London Fight Factory in the IBJJF and won his division of the London Fall International Open.
Professor Minero now trains Bellator Fighters and coaches adult and children’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes.
Leandro Vieira - Checkmat Co-Founder & LUTE! BJJ Instructor
Fourth Degree Black Belt
Leandro Vieira began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at only 5 years old and now has over 25 years of experience. Leandro is the youngest of the Vieira Brothers and co-founder of the Checkmat team. He is known as one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors in the world. He has won medals at IBJJF Championships such as the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships, Brazilian Nationals, Paulista Regionals, Las Vegas Open and Submission Ink Grappling Tournament. He currently holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Leandro is most sought after for his ability to break down techniques in his instruction and his incomparable commitment to the team.