Professor Pete 'The Greek' Letsos


Peter Letsos, or “Pete The Greek” as he is commonly known, is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Carlon Gracie Junior, having competed in the sport all over the world, including in the historical Copa Atlantica, Brazilian Teams Nationals, the Pan American and the Gracie Invitational (Arnold Classic). “The Greek” is also the founder of Rio Jiu Jitsu, a grappling club in the Chicago area (US).

Pete the Greek Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Peter Panayotis Letsos

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Carlson Gracie Jr > Peter Letsos

Nickname: “Pete The Greek” came about in Letsos’s early jiu jitsu days, because the Brazilians had some difficulty pronouncing his last name. As they knew he was of Greek descent, they started calling him Pete the Greek.

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