Testimonials

Me and Leo have a long history. He is doing an outstanding job in Texas and he’s always been a great guy, tough competitor, and loyal student. His personality, technical level are all great. A guy like that is not exactly one you find in trees. I’m proud to be his friend and support his cause.

Rickson Gracie. The best fighter of all times.

I started training in Jiu-Jitsu for self defense and training with Leonardo has been phenomenal. He is an incredibly talented instructor, a gifted and an inspiring teacher, excellent communicator, and a continuous source of unlimited support and encouragement. He is passionate about teaching and emphasizes proper technique.

On a personal level he is equally impressive. He is one of the most genuine, sincere and nicest people I have met and a great mentor and friend. If you are considering learning Jiu-Jitsu, I highly recommend you seek him out.

John Labis, Medical Doctor

Prof. Xavier is an excellent teacher and his attention to detail is truly amazing. Leo takes the time to form the Jiu-Jitsu to the student and provides a combination of instruction and encouragement that motivates his students to be their best.

Leo’s academy is more like a family than a school and Leo encourages students to support one another.

As a Special Agent the techniques I have learned from training with Leo have enabled me to better control situations and increased my confidence in my abilities to defend myself and others.

I highly recommend anyone interested in realistic training in a good environment to come and take advantage of the opportunity to train with Leo.

W. L., Special Agent
I have been practicing traditional martial arts since 1985, and Gracie Jiu-jitsu (GJJ) since the early 90’s. In that time, I have attended many seminars with world famous instructors in the martial arts community. Out of the many BJJ black belts I have met, Professor Xavier is the most enthusiastic teacher I have ever been on the mat with. His ability to convey the subtle aspects of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, as well as keeping a high level of energy throughout his lessons, is amazing. I would, without a doubt, recommend any beginner or advanced martial artist to attend his seminar.
Mike Palinkas, Law Enforcement Officer, Philadelphia

Throughout my Jiu-Jitsu journey I’ve had the pleasure of training with a half dozen of Rickson Gracie black belts. Professor Leonardo Xavier is by far the closest representation of what Master Rickson Gracie stands for. Everything from the philosophy and concepts to the ethics and code is aligned with our Master. I am truly blessed to call him my Professor.

Corey Richardson, Black Belt and Owner of Gracie Gulf Coast Jiu-Jitsu Academy

I first met Leo when I hosted Master Rickson Gracie in Australia. Leo accompanied Master Rickson to help during the Australia tour… It is no surprise that a disciple of Rickson can dismantle the fine elements of Jiu-Jitsu at it’s core. Leo has a fantastic ability to connect with everyone from walks of life. He delivers a firm but friendly seminar that has everyone at ease with an intellect wit and a great sense of humor. His understanding and dedication to passing on Master Rickson Gracie’s vision of Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense is truly second to none. It is very clear to me that he has a deep understanding based on his own research to better himself through his genuine intention to preserve Jiu-Jitsu’s effectiveness. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Leo Xavier. From beginner to black belt this guy will leave you wide eyed and unable to sleep.

Jason Roebig, Black Belt and Owner of Akxis Jiu-Jitsu Australia