About

Andre Maneco Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

 

 

Soul Fighters is a network of Brazilian jiu-jitsu academies that connects instructors, fighters, and students across countries and continents. Established in Brazil in 2008 by Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes, it has become one of the fastest-growing and most successful Brazilian jiu-jitsu teams in the world. The Soul Fighters network now counts numerous BJJ world champions and elite MMA fighters among its members. The team’s competitive success is founded on the values of dedication, hard work, and good citizenship. Its academies attract men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds to practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu, forging a community not only of great fighters but also of great people.

Soul Fighters Chicago is the creation of Andre “Maneco” Leite. A multiple-time World, European, Pan-American, and National Champion with over 20 years of experience in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Maneco ranks among the elite instructors in North America. He received his black belt under the legendary Carlson Gracie Sr. and developed his skills alongside a generation of outstanding fighters on Carlson Gracie’s Elite Team. An expert in self-defence and competition training, his approach to Brazilian jiu-jitsu combines traditional techniques with the latest innovations in the sport. Inspiring success by example, he passes on to his students the same knowledge and passion for BJJ that his masters once taught to him.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

World IBJJF Championships

  • 2017 World IBJJF Championship (Gold)
  • 2014 International Masters IBJJF Championships (Gold Medal)
  • 2014 World IBJJF Championship (Silver Medal)
  • 2013 World IBJJF Championship (Bronze Medal)
  • 2012 World IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)

 

Pan-American IBJJF Championships

  • 2017 Pan-American IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2015 Pan-American IBJJF Championship (Bronze Medal)
  • 2013 Pan-American IBJJF Championship (Silver Medal)
  • 2012 Pan-American IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2009 Pan-American IBJJF Championship (Silver Medal)
  • 2004 Pan-American IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)

 

European Championships

  • 2017 European IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2015 European IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2014 European IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2014 European (No-Gi) IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2013 European IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2012 European IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)

 

National IBJJF Championships

  • 2017 National IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2017 National IBJJF (Absolute) Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2013 National IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2013 National IBJJF (No Gi) Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2013 National IBJJF (No Gi-Absolute) (Silver Medal)
  • 2012 National IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2012 National IBJJF (No Gi) Championship (Gold Medal)

 

BJJ-PRO IBJJF Championships

  • 2017 BJJ-PRO Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2017 BJJ-PRO (Absolute) Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2015 BJJ-PRO Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2015 BJJ-PRO (Absolute) Championship (Silver Medal)
  • 2014 BJJ-PRO Championship (Gold Medal)

 

Open IBJJF Championships

  • 2017 Atlanta Open Winter IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2017 Atlanta Open Winter (Absolute) IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2017 Chicago Open Summer IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2017 Chicago Open Summer (Absolute) IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2017 Chicago Open Spring IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2017 Chicago Open Spring (Absolute) IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2017 Chicago Open Spring (No-GI) IBJJF Championship (Bronze Medal)
  • 2015 Chicago Open Summer (No-Gi) IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2015 Chicago Open Summer (No-Gi Absolute) IBJJF Championship (Bronze Medal)
  • 2015 Chicago Open Summer IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2015 Chicago Open Summer (Absolute) IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2015 Chicago Open Spring IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2015 Chicago Open Spring (Absolute) IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2014 Chicago Open Summer IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2014 Rome Open IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2014 Chicago Open Spring IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2014 Chicago Open Spring (No-Gi) IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2013 New York Open Spring IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2013 Houston Open IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2013 Chicago Winter (No-Gi) Open IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2013 Chicago Winter Open IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2013 Chicago Summer Open (No-Gi) Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2013 Chicago Summer Open IBJJF Championship (Bronze Medal)
  • 2013 Chicago Summer Open (No-Gi Absolute) Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2013 Chicago Summer Open (Absolute) Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2012 Toronto Open IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2012 Miami Open IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2012 Chicago Open IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2012 Las Vegas Open IBJJF Championship (Silver Medal)
  • 2011 Las Vegas Open IBJJF Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2011 Chicago Open IBJJF Championship (Silver Medal)

 

Arnold’s Championships

  • 2009 Arnold’s Championship (Silver Medal)
  • 2009 Arnold’s “Absolute” Championship (Bronze Medal)

 

Gracie Championships

  • 2008 Gracie National Championship (Gold Medal)

 

Work History

  • Carlson Gracie Academy Team – Chicago – USA 2005-2008
  • Carlson Gracie Academy Team – California – USA 2008-2009
  • Torres Martial Arts Academy – Indiana    – USA 2009-2012

 

Extra Certifications/Licenses:

  • Black belt degrees from IBJJF/USBJJF
  • Certified IBJJF Referee
  • CPR Certified
  • Self Defense Specialist License
  • Unarmed Combat License

 

Languages:

  • Fluency in English, Portuguese and Spanish.