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About Bernardo Pitel

Bernardo Pitel is a former Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion, and one of the biggest names in the sport’s “Pluma” division (under 64kg). Bernardo Pitel graduated as a black belt training under another illustrious BJJ figure, João Roque, having become part of Nova Uniao, an academy that taunted the lightweight divisions in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Bernardo Pitel Biography

Bernardo Pitel was born on the 10th of October, 1976 in Brasilia. He entered the world of martial arts through Judo, a sport he practiced until he was 11 years old. He left as a green belt and moved on to Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art of kicking created by the African slaves’ centuries ago. When Bernardo was 18 years old he finally joined a jiu jitsu gym, and hasn’t stopped training since.

Training under the illustrious Joao Roque from Nova Uniao, Bernardo Pitel made a name for himself in the Brazilian capital where he competed and trained. The great turning point for Pitel was a fight that took place in 1998 on the World Jiu Jitsu championships when Bernardo was a purple belt. The fight was against Ricardo Vieira, a man that was considered unbeatable at his division. Bernardo defeated Vieira in an amazing back and forward battle that ended in 7×6, and it was at this point that Bernardo Pitel understood how far he could go in the world of BJJ. Bernardo went on to be one of the most relevant fighters of the 2000 era, medalling 4 times in the world’s most important tournament and with 4 Brazilian national titles.

Bernardo Pitel also graduated in Physical Education by the UCB University (Universidade Catolica De Brasilia) in 2004.

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Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2000 brown, 2001 black – IBJJF)
  • World Cup Champion (2010, 2007 – CBJJE)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2001, 2005, 2007, 2008)
  • Pan American Champion (1997 blue – IBJJF; 2010 & 2011 black – CBJJE)
  • Pan American Champion (2012 Senior 1 – IBJJF)
  • Brazil National Teams Champion (1999 – CBJJ)
  • South American Champion (2006-2007)
  • Brazilian National Cup Champion (2004, 2006 CBJJO)
  • World Silver Medalist (2006)
  • World Cup Silver Medalist (2008 – CBJJE)
  • Rio Open Silver Medalist (2008)
  • World Bronze Medalist (2009, 2007, 1999, 1998 – CBJJ)
  • Pan American Bronze Medalist (2005)
  • Brazilian National Bronze Medalist (1998 purple, 2009)
  • Rio Open Bronze Medalist (2009, 2010)
  • World Cup Bronze Medalist (2009 – CBJJE)

Weight Division: Pluma (64kg/141lbs)

Team/Association: Nova Uniao

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“Our son has 22q11.2 deletion syndrome that causes him to have high anxiety and can be extremely shy. Since he has started training with Bernardo his confidence level has gone up and he is excited to go to each Jiu-Jitsu class to keep learning."

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“My 2 children and husband have trained at several different bjj academies across the country. Bernardo Pitel is by far the best bjj professor we have ever had or continue to have. Most academies only train the basics for kids at a white belt level. Bernardo Pitel is very capable at teaching and training kids and young adults beginning, intermediate, and more advanced bjj. We highly recommend Bernardo Pitel. Do not miss an opportunity to train with him."


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