Gezary Matuda Bandeira was born on the 12th of July, 1983 in Curitiba, state of Paraná – Brazil. Her martial arts life started at the age of 15 through Capoeira. Two years later she added Muay Thai to her training, influenced by her brother who was a thai-boxer at the time. Gezary spent many years training, and it was through her Muay Thai coach that she found Jiu Jitsu in 2004. Her striking coach believed she should add some groundwork to her training regime, as a result Matuda became a student of BJJ coach, Carlos ‘Penão’ Alexandre Conceição (a black belt under Carlson Gracie).
Although Gezary had always requested her Thai Boxing coach to fight, she never managed to get her time on the ring competitively. In Jiu Jitsu, on the other hand, she started competing with less than a month of training. This competitive facet of BJJ really captivated Gezary who became more and more a Jiu Jitsu fan, relegating the striking game.
‘Penão’ awarded Gezary all her belts from white to purple, after which Matuda moved to the United States with her husband. There she sought out coach Ricardo Liborio and his American Top Team. It was there that Gezary earned her brown and later her black belt (on July 2012) after winning the world championship.
Gezary is an amazing athlete and a role model for girls and women all around the world. She loves skateboarding around Miami, where she lives, trains and teaches Jiu-jitsu. We are honoured to say she will be our instructor for our Uluwatu, Bali camp 2019.