Based in Aclimação São Paulo, NS Brotherhood is the academy of multiple time black belt world champion Kingz athlete Leandro Lo. The gym itself is inside a fitness chain Biofitness. As you walk in you would never assume this would be the home to some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes and training in the world. It is during the months of April and May that training is ramped up as the IBJJF Worlds approach, in this article we bring you an inside look at NS brotherhoods 12.30pm training.
Leandro began NS brotherhood late 2016 attracting some of the best athletes to his academy from all over Brazil and since then it has grown into one of the powerhouse gyms of not just São Paulo but the world.
May 8th 12.30 pm
Training usually takes a while to start up a lot of athletes will turn up fashionably late in true Brazilian fashion.
Leandro Lo arrives fresh after winning the ACB middleweight title, totally shutting down world middleweight champion Gabriel Arges. Slowly the athletes filter in, world level competitors from purple to black, many of whom recently medalled at the CBJJ Brazillian Nationals. Yago de Souza, Pedro Elias, Gerard Labinski, Caio Caetano and the recently crowned featherweight Brazilian National Champion Rafael Mansur to name a few.
Training begins with Leandro showing his trademark de la Riva to x-guard sweep to warm up. After multiple repetitions until you’re drenched with sweat. Leandro stops the drilling and switches the training to 7 rounds of 8 minutes of sparring. With it being the Pro training, everyone you end up sparring with has medalled at some big competition or is a seasoned black belt. No one gives an inch and every sweep, back-take, pass and submission is earned. You immediately see why this academy is constantly producing high level competitors who are not only technically brilliant but tough as nails. The vibe at the academy is extremely friendly, everyone is laughing or joking before and after training, however once training starts it’s all business and the intensity goes through the roof.
Leandro Lo black belt Jan Buatim spoke about the gym saying;
“It’s just war every day, every round is hard, everyone is good, just like the name Brotherhood everyone has a voice. You see I’m not even in the top 10 of black belts in the gym, but Leandro still asks me to show a position. He values everyone’s opinion and skills. It’s just a really relaxed atmosphere, everyone can train with each other regardless of belts.”
While top brown belt prospect Caio Caetano echoes that statement adding
“Leandro isn’t afraid to changing the training to suit the needs of his students to help them better prepare for competition.”
After training it’s back to laughing and joking, shirtless pictures for Instagram and then most of the guys either go out to eat together before heading home to recover for training tonight or the upcoming pro training again tomorrow at 12.30. If you want to see how the best train, the pro training at the 12.30 is the perfect insight.