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Guide Brazil


Brazil, is the largest country in South America and the Latin America region. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population, with over 193 million people.

Brazil was a colony of Portugal beginning from the landing of Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500, up until 1815. The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. Brasília is the federal capital of Brazil and the seat of government of the Federal District.
The Brazilian Federation is formed by the union of the Federal District, the 26 States, and the 5,564 Municipalities.

Tourism in Brazil is a growing sector and key to the economy of several regions of the country. The country had 5.1 million visitors in 2010.

In 2005, Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu, São Paulo, Florianópolis and Salvador were the most visited cities by international tourists for leisure trips. The most popular destinations for business trips were São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre. In 2006 Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza were the most popular destinations by national visitors.


Wrestling in Brazil

 In the national language of Brazil (Portuguese), wrestling is called Luta Olimpica. The Brazilian Wrestling Federation called Confederação Brasileira de Lutas Asociadas (CBLA) and is divided into 19 provincial associations. The association's establishment dates back to 1979, when the Wrestling Federation of the State of Rio de Janeiro was created. The first in wrestling specialized association was previously controlled by the Brazilian Boxing Association. Brazil is late in developing wrestling. The Jiu Jitsu, Judo and MMA is however widespread and in these sports include Brazil, in contrast to wrestling, a world leader.

Since 2008, Mr. Pedro Gama Filho CBLA is president. Immediately after the temporary exclusion of wrestling from the Olympic program, Gama Filho was appointed in the FILA committee. The smart brazilian has certainly played a big part, that wrestling could keep his Olympic status. In the recent years, the CBLA made great efforts to give the national Wrestling Federation structures and improve the still low technical level. Of all the South American Wrestling associations Brazil has the best homepage (only in Portuguese).

Antoine Jaoude won some international medals for Brazil.

International Situation


In the early eighties, the first Brazilians began to wrestle on international competitions. One of the first protagonist was Roberto Leitao Filho, who won three South American titles during his career.
So far, only five Brazilian wrestlers have qualified for the Olympics. The first was in 1988, Roberto Leitao. Four years later in Barcelona stepped next to Leitao also Floriano Spiess. In Athens (2004) Adrian Jaoudé was allowed to participate. Beijing 2008 came with Rosangela Conceicao of Brazil, the first woman on Olympic mats and Joice Souza da Silva represented Brazil in London.
In Pan American level, the Brazilians were not able to win a title at the seniors categorie.
Silvermedals reached Aline Ferreira de Silva, Luis Fernandez and Adrian Jaoudé. At junior level is more succesful, Lais Nunez de Oliveira won the 2012 Pan title to 59 Kg With regard to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil great efforts are being made in order to be successful at the games. This also benefits wrestling.Groups of brazilian wrestlers went to international trainingcamps  to practice with world-class athletes for example in Cuba, Bulgaria or Japan. At the World Championships 2014 in Tashkent / Uzbekistan Aline Ferreira de Silva earned her country’s first ever world medal, taking silver at 75kg. She also ensured the nation’s best ever team finish.

For the first time we have so many athletes abroad, this shows the growth of wrestling in Brazil and it is the biggest investment of CBLA in his athletes. Only with the exchange of high quality, we are making progress." Reviewed Roberto Leitão Superintendent of CBLA the investment of his association.

Joice da Silva represented the brazilian Wrestlers in the Olympic Games 2012 in London.

Aline Ferreira de Silva won the first medal at world Championships for Brazil in Tashkent / Uzbekistan 2014.

National Situation

The upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio are the engine for the development of wrestling in Brazil.
Wrestling in Brazil is still at an initial stage. The general technical level is still low and there are not many experienced coaches. On the national tournaments mostly MMA- Fighters try to wrestle on the mat. The MMA fighters only see wrestling for an important part of the "Vale Tudo". Their main sport is MMA and Jiu Jitsu, because Cagefigths in Brasil are permanetly broadcasted in the television and very well payed. Wrestling in Brazil wins more and more popularity, many good judo or jiu jitsu fighters start to wrestle.

Caixa School Wrestling Project
Caixa Sponsoring Program

Fila Trainingscenter in Rio

In January 2013, the former President of the World Federation FILA wrestler Raphael Martinetti and Carlos Arthur Nuzman (President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee) opened the new FILA training center in Rio de Janeiro. Support of the new Training Center is the Navy of Brazil. Responsible for the training of athletes in the Greco-Roman style, is the coach Pedro Garcia (Cuba), Romulo Ramos, Daniel “Pirata” Malvino and the newly hired Furkart Isaev from Uzbekistan.

The FILA Trainingscenter in Rio de Janeiro opened in Jan 2013.

The brazilian Navy founded a new wrestling Group in Juni 2013.          President of CBLA and UWW Member Pedro Gama Filho.

A List of 19 Provincial Federations of CBLA.

A List of some different wrestling clubs in Brazil.



CBLA – Confederação Brasileira de Lutas Associadas

Endereço: Rua Bom Pastor, 106
Bairro: Tijuca
Cidade: Rio de Janeiro
Estado: Rio de Janeiro
CEP: 20521-060

Telefone: (21) 3486-3666 | (21) 3591-9800
Telefone – Ass. Imprensa: (21) 98804-6974 | (21) 2447-7677
Skype: cbla_bra

Assessoria de imprensa: Fúlvio Melo
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