The Checkmat team is led by Leonardo "Leozinho"Vieira (a 3rd grade black belt and a practitioner since 8 years old who was already elected the 3rd best fighter of the 90s by Gracie Magazine) along with his brothers Ricardo "Ricardinho"Vieira (9 times world champion) and Leandro "Leandrinho" Vieira.
It was founded in 2008 and it's considered one of the best brazilian jiu-jitsu and submission schools today. It's name was chosen in reference to the chess tactis and strategies that are very similar to the jiu-jitsu's and also to connect with the word "mat".
Checkmat has several academies around the world (Brazil, Sweden, USA, Malasya, Korea, China, Japan, England, Denmark) and besides molding gi fighters it also provides a very consistent training program to improve specific habilities for MMA fighters.
MMA is the sport on the rise worldwide and also reaches it's best year on Checkmat. The brazilian jiu-jitsu is considered a must have in the rings and octagons around the world and is increasingly sought by MMA professional fighters.