One of the amazing things about the Campeão United Jiu-Jitsu Association is that we are led by an experienced team of Jiu-Jitsu practitioners known as our Council. Comprised of black belts with varying coaching and school ownership backgrounds, these world class black belt instructors range from 1st to 7th degree. Our Council is comprised of professional athletes, law enforcement officers, military veterans, collegiate wrestlers, MMA fighters & coaches, and strength and conditioning mentors; creating an unprecedented leadership structure amongst the jiu-jitsu industry and providing an unrivalled pool of resources with over a CENTURY of martial arts experience to help our Campeão United Jiu-Jitsu affiliates excel on and off the mats.

Master Leão Teixeira

7th Degree Coral Belt

One of the founding members of Gracie Barra as well as the IBJJF, Master Leão Teixeira is a legend in the jiu-jitsu world, and we are so pleased to have him heading our Council. His jiu-jitsu journey began in the 1970's when his close friend Master Marcio “Macarrão” Stambowsky, convinced Leão to join him for a class at the Gracie Academy with the late Master Rolls Gracie
After the unexpected death of his mentor Master Rolls Gracie, he began training with Carlos Gracie Jr., and was promoted to black belt in 1986. In 2017 he was awarded his coral belt from his friends and mentors Carlos Gracie Jr., Maurício Gomes, Marcio Stambowsky, Romero Cavalcanti, Sergio Penha, Marcio Simas and Rilion Gracie.
Having devoted his career to both kids jiu-jitsu and creating the next generation of amazing jiu-jitsu athletes, Master Teixeira has helped develop countless champions and well know jiu-jitsu stars including Hélio “Soneca” Moreira, Ralph Gracie, Marcio Feitosa, Rafael Correia “Gordinho”, Flávio Almeida “Cachorrinho”, Rolles Gracie Jr., Igor Gracie and Marco Joca “Piu-Piu" to name just a few.
Master Teixeira believes the core of our mission should be to create a culture within our schools that focuses on "Educating and Training our students with Determination, Respect and Discipline." 

Professor Percy Smith

1st Degree Black Belt

Professor Percy Smith is the head of our self defense & LEO programs. An 18 year veteran of the Pawtucket Police Department in Pawtucket, RI, he worked as a patrolman for 12 years, served on the Special Response Team (SRT) for 6 years, and has worked in the Training Division for the last 6 years. In the  Training Division he is a background investigator, firearms instructor, Taser instructor, verbal de-escalation instructor and mental health first aid instructor.
In addition to the above, he has taught defensive tactics since 2008, Master L.O.C.K.U.P. in Edged Weapon – Ground Control courses, and L.O.C.K.U.P. Arrest and Control training. Percy has been teaching at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy (RIMPTA) for the last decade. Having been Nationally recognized as a Police Combatives instructor, Percy has become highly involved in writing the combatives curriculum for the state of Rhode Island.
This amazing resume combined with being a 1st Degree Black Belt Under Campeão United Jiu-Jitsu, a Black Belt in Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu, a Heavyweight MMA Champion, and a highly decorated NCAA Wrestler; Percy brings a wealth of knowledge and real world experience to the table.

Professor Dylan Miller

2nd Degree Black Belt

Having and attitude unrivaled by most, Professor Dylan Miller is a 2nd degree black belt under Campeão United and a military veteran having served in the U.S. Army infantry.

A life long martial artist and competitor, Dylan began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007 and opened his  first school up at only 22 years old. After relocating to Germany for 3 years, he continued to pursue his love teaching jiu-jitsu and opened his 3rd school navigating not only teaching students in another language & country, but enduring the pandemic as well. All of this has created a deep understanding of all parts of the student and school owner experience from many different perspectives that Dylan loved to share with the Campeão United affiliates.

Professor Peter Beerman

1st Degree Black Belt

Professor Peter Beerman is a founding member of Campeão United Jiu-Jitsu and owner of Ronin Jiu-Jitsu in Attleboro, MA. Having trained martial arts since a child, Peter currently is 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Campeão United and he has  spent the last two decades competing and honing his craft while also pursuing advanced Judo and Sambo.
Peter values the philosophical side of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because it has instilled in him a profound sense of humility and perseverance. He believes that the true essence of Jiu-Jitsu lies in its ability to foster personal growth, resilience, and mental fortitude.
He enjoys sharing his knowledge with students all over the globe, and he encourages them to embrace jiu-jitsu’s philosophy of respect, discipline, and self-improvement. Peter believes that this mindset creates a supportive learning environment where students can display their true potential and flourish in jiu-jitsu and in life.

Professor Chad Leonhardt

1st Degree Black Belt

Let us introduce Professor Chad Leonhardt. Chad is an Army veteran, has owned schools in Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Georgia, and he is a founding member of Campeão United Jiu-Jitsu. Currently a 1st Degree Black Belt, Chad was previously a collegiate wrestler in Oklahoma, and spent 30+ years competing professionally in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Chad fought under the banner of multiple promotions including Strikeforce and Bellator. Since retiring from fighting he has turned his attention to coaching the next generation of competitors, and to helping fellow military veterans. 


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