One of the most decorated women’s champions of all time, Professora Leticia Ribeiro tells her life story, talks about her competition career and her role as a world renown instructor. Click “Read More” for show notes! 


  • Her beginnings
  • What drew her to Jiu-Jitsu
  • Her first tournament
  • Coming up in Rio in the 90’s as one of the few women in Jiu-Jitsu
  • The early days of Women’s Worlds
  • The values and confidence that Jiu-Jitsu gives
  • Learning from Master Royler Gracie
  • Other teachers who had an impact on her Jiu-Jitsu
  • Advice for men when training with women
  • Why women’s Jiu-Jitsu is so technical
  • Concepts and positions that work well for smaller people against larger people
  • The biggest evolution in the sport that she has seen in her time
  • Her memories of the rise of the IBJJF
  • Fan popularity of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil
  • The good and bad side of Jiu-Jitsu’s worldwide growth
  • Jiu-Jitsu as an opportunity for Brazil’s poor youth
  • How the opportunity to escape poverty via Jiu-Jitsu makes the playing field tougher in Brazil
  • The value of parental support in Jiu-Jitsu for kids
  • Her favorite match she ever had
  • Her favorite thing about coaching
  • Her new app for Guard Passing drills
  • The importance of Jiu-Jitsu for young girls in particular
  • How the digital age has changed the confidence levels of kids
  • Preparing her team for competition
  • Dating within the academy
  • The difficulty of staying retired
  • Feeling burned out
  • How she would like her students to remember her