Leka Vieira to return to Jiu-Jitsu competitions

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Leka Vieira vs. Kyra Gracie at the 2005 Worlds

Leka Vieira vs. Kyra Gracie at the 2005 Worlds

One of the biggest names in female Jiu-Jitsu is coming back to competitions.

Three-time world champion, Leka Vieira announced this week on Facebook that she will compete again in 2015.

The GRACIEMAG.com went after the black belt to know a little more about this decision to return.

“I decided to come back for personal reasons. I want to test myself and see how har can I get after all this years I was away,” says Leka, who teaches and trains at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Valencia, in California.

She took a look back in time to remember her last appearance: “My last competition was the 2005 Worlds at the Tijuca Tenis Clube, when I won my third world title. It’s been nine years away.”

Already training for the return, Leka has been paying attention to the current scenery of female black belts: “I wouldn’t say that Jiu-Jitsu changed since I last competed, but it evolved for sure. Sincerely, I don’t want to name any girl that I would like to compete against, once this generation of fighters is amazing. I am a fan of all this girls”.

Leka wasn’t specific about what competition will be the one chosen for her return, but it won’t take very long: “I want to comeback early next year. I’ve been training a lot and I’ve paying attention to all the details. I’ll be back in the adult division that’s for sure but I still haven’t decided in what weight division.”

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