Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructors

Daniel Beleza, one of America’s leading Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors right here in York, PA

Daniel Beleza is one of the best competitors to have come out from the famous “Sazinho” Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy in Fortaleza. A black belt since December 2000 Daniel Beleza has obtained several important titles such as Pan American champion and World Cup champion (CBJJO). Like many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts since the turn of the century, he made the transition across to the United States to coach and compete, settling in Pennsylvania in 2008. He made his mark immediately to become known as one of the premier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors in the U.S..


Daniel Beleza

Full Name: Daniel Beleza G. de AndradeLineage: Takeo Iano > Master Francisco Sá > Carlos Pinto Sá “Sazinho” > Daniel BelezaMain Achievements/Record:

  • World Cup Champion (2007 CBJJO);
  • World Silver Medallist (2001);
  • 4x World Bronze Medallist (2010, 2009, 2008, 2006);
  • 2x International NY Open Champion (2010, 2009);
  • 2x Pan American Champion (2009, 1999);
  • Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2008)

Weight Division: Pluma (64kg-141lbs)Favorite Technique: Flying TriangleTeam/Association: SAS (Sa Team)

Daniel Beleza Biography

Daniel Beleza was born on the 2nd of April, 1976 in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. He and his family moved to Fortaleza when Daniel was 8 years old and it was in the North-eastern city that Daniel made his initiation in Martial arts, first through Kickboxing at age 14 and 4 years later in Jiu Jitsu.He found BJJ after many of his friends joined a gym (the Nova Uniao – CE, now named SAS) and repeatedly asked him to tag along. When Daniel Beleza did his first class he realized he had found his true calling. Training under Carlos Pinto Sá (mostly known as “Sazinho”) Daniel’s became one of the best fighters in the state and in the country.A firm believer in God and that perseverance can conquer everything; he managed to put his mark on the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world on several occasions, a rare event for someone living in the Northeast of Brazil, a region steaming with talent, but where sometimes the lack of funding inhibits the fighters to compete at the highest level.In mid-2008 Daniel Beleza decided to move to the United States seeking to compete at the highest level, as most big competitions are held in the USA. He established Daniel Beleza Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to become one of America’s leading Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors, right here in York, PA.




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