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Nova União is made up of some of the worlds most prominent Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA fighters. 

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Wagnney Fabiano Silva Dos Santos

Head of Nova União Canada & 5th Degree Black Belt

Wagnney Fabiano is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Wendell Alexander who turned into a professional MMA fighter in the early 2000s, becoming the IFL (International Fight League) Featherweight Champion. A very successful BJJ competitor in the 1990’s, Fabiano conquered several important trophies such as the Brazilian National Championship and the National Teams tournament.

Wagnney is the head coach at the Santos Brothers BJJ gym in Toronto, Ontario.

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Leonardo Silva Dos Santos

President of Nova União & 5th Degree Black Belt

Leonardo Santos graduated as a black belt under Wendel Alexander and become the youngest World Champain of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. With numerous titles in his grappling career, Leo Santos was regarded by many as the best lightweight fighter of his generation, having victories over several great fighters. In 2006 Leo Santos ended his career with the kimono to follow his brother’s footsteps (Wagnney Fabiano) towards MMA fighter,.


He is now the President of Nova Uniao and can be seen competing in the UFC.

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Gilberto Silva Dos Santos

1st Degree Black Belt & Lawyer

Coming soon...


Wendell Alexander

Co-Founder of Nova União

Wendell Alexander is one of the most prominent unsung heroes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The Co-Founder of one of the biggest teams in BJJ, Nova Uniao, he has coached and graduated some of the biggest black belts  in the sport, including  Leonardo Santos, Rodrigo “Riscado”, Bruno Bastos and many, many others.


Andre Pederneiras

Co-Founder of Nova União

Named as “MMA Coach of the Year” by the renowned PVT Magazine (Portal do Vale Tudo) in 2010, Andre Pederneiras, also known as Dedé, is regarded as one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts (MMA) coaches in the World. The leader and co-founder of the Nova União academy, Pederneiras, is also famed for his work with the impoverished communities of Rio de Janeiro, having transformed several youngsters in those areas into world champions.

"Professor Wagnney is a world-class coach that has produced amazing people on the mats and off! Don't miss the opportunity to learn from one of the best. Osss"


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We've sent you an email with our schedule and look forward to seeing you on the mats. If you've reached out about Private Lessons we'll reach out to talk about the details. Oss.

- Wagnney Fabiano Santos


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