Professor Mattie Leto began his journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2000 while earning his doctorate degree in Chiropractic. Under the tutelage of Jon Mcmakin, he worked his way to blue belt which was given to him by the legendary Professor Romero “Jacare” Calvacanti.
In 2003 Mattie moved to NYC and began training with Rigan Machado Black Belt, Professor Marcos Santos. Marcos is a great teacher and friend to Mattie and awarded him his Purple and Brown Belts. Mattie trained with Marcos from 2003 - 2010.
In 2010 Marcos decided to sell his Academy to one of the greatest grapplers ever to grace the planet, 5 x Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion and 4x ADCC World Champion, Marcello Garcia. Mattie trained with Marcello from 2010-2014 as well as serving as the Marcello Garcia Academy Chiropractor.
In 2014 Mattie moved to Colorado and had the honor of teaching at The Easton Training Center in Boulder, Colorado while also training with his close friend, 2x Masters Black Belt World Champion and Saulo and Xande Ribiero Black Belt, Professor Matt Jubera.
While Mattie lived in NYC he was the Chiropractor for many fighters and Martial Artists. He became quite good friends with one of these fighters, becoming his Chiropractor and training with him often. This is none other then 9x World Champion Professor Lucas Lepri. Professor Lepri awarded Mattie his Black Belt on Dec. 10th 2016 and made the comment that “Mattie is one of the greatest ambassadors of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu”.
Mattie has now settled down in Rappahannock County with his wife, Lilla, and their dogs Nala, River, Baloo, and Max to start a working farm & continues to share his passion for Jiu-Jitsu with Totality Martial Arts Academy.