Checkmat Vancouver was originally known as Ryan’s MMA for its head coach & successful MMA fighter Adam Ryan. Although we teach all MMA disciplines at Checkmat Vancouver – striking, wrestling, and ground work (BJJ) – we are an affiliate of Brazil’s Checkmat team, which is best known as a Jiu Jitsu organization.

Checkmat was formed in 2008 after disagreements between the Vieira Brothers – three renowned BJJ competitors from Brazil – and the board of their previous team, Brasa. Despite being such a new team, Checkmat quickly started to pick up medals at some of the world’s most prestigious BJJ tournaments, while consistently training quality black belts such as Marcus Almeida “Buchecha”, Antonio Carlos and Joao Assis. Checkmat now has affiliates in more than 16 different countries.

How Checkmat Started

Checkmat was created by brothers Leonardo Vieira and Ricardo Vieira, two elite BJJ competitors who trained under Alliance Jiu-Jitsu – one of the premier BJJ teams in the world. After a series of disagreements between Alliance’s head coach Fabio Gurgel, the brothers were expelled from the team in 2002 alongside many other fighters. This prompted them to form their own team called “Brasa”. However, the brothers felt the new team lacked leadership and direction so they decided to form their own new team, which is how Checkmat came to be in 2008.

Checkmat BJJ Details

Name Checkmat
Team Lineage Academia Gracie > Alliance Jiu Jitsu > Brasa > Checkmat
Founded 2008
Founder(s) Ricardo Vieira / Leonardo Vieira
Directors Ricardo Vieira / Francisco Mendes / Sebastian Lalli / Leandro Vieira
First Black Belt(s) n/a
Official Website checkmatbjj.com

Main Academy (Rio de Janeiro):
Fight Zone – Rua Francisco Sa, 36 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Main Academy (Sao Paulo Capital):
Academia Bodytech – Rua Atílio Innocenti 870, Vila Olímpia, São Paulo

Main Academy (Sao Paulo Int):
Fight Rua sete de setembro, 10 – Botucatu

Prominent Fighters:

Our Canadian Teams currently include:

- Checkmat Vancouver in Richmond BC (Main Location)

- United MMA in Tsawwassen BC  

- Squamish MMA in Squamish BC

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