Ed LeMonnier started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in August of 2007 with a starting weight of 250 pounds. Since then, he has dropped and kept off 55 pounds as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has become more of a lifestyle rather than simply a form of exercise.
Ed works full-time and has a family who support him in his training. Being a father of two amazing girls, he makes the time to be at their events as well as making the time to train.
When Ed first started training, he didn’t have any aspirations of competing in the various Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments around the area. He simply wanted to train to lose weight and stay in shape.
After a few years of putting in a lot of time on the mats, Ed decided to take the leap and enter the various tournaments to test his game against other practitioners who have never rolled with Ed on the mats. It’s one thing to play your game against teammates who are aware of your “go-to” moves versus someone who has never rolled with you.
COMPETITIONS, TRAINING and PROMOTIONS
Named the 2017 Robson Moura Nations United Instructor of the Year
Won Bronze in the 2014 IBJJF Summer Open (Purple Belt – Masters 2 Medium Heavy Weight)
Won Bronze in the 2014 Five Grappling Illinois (Purple Belt – Masters 1 Heavy Weight)
Finished forth in the 2014 Hoosier Open (Purple Belt – Masters 1 Heavy Weight)
Won Gold in the 2014 IBJJF Chicago Spring Open (Purple Belt – Masters 1 Heavy Weight)
Trained over 315 hours in 2013
Finished forth in the 2013 IBJJF Chicago Summer Open (Purple Belt – Masters 1 Heavy Weight)
Won Bronze in the 2013 Hoosier Open (Purple Belt – Masters 1 Heavy Weight)
Won Gold in the 2013 IBJJF Chicago Winter Open (Purple Belt – Masters 1 Heavy Weight)
Trained 304 Hours in 2012
Promoted to Purple Belt by Eight Time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion, Robson Moura on December 8, 2012.
Awarded Silver in the 2012 IBJJF Chicago Summer Open – (Blue Belt – Senior 1 Medium-Heavy)
Won Bronze in the 2012 Hoosier Open – (Blue Belt – Senior 1 Medium Heavy)
Finished 4th in the April 2012 EGO Indiana Tournament (Blue Belt – Medium-Heavy)
Awarded Silver in the 2012 IBJJF Chicago Summer Open (Blue Belt – Senior 1 Medium-Heavy)
Trained 300 Hours in 2011
Named the 2011 Robson Moura Nova Uniao STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Awarded 2nd in April of 2010 NAGA CHICAGO (Blue Belt Masters – Heavy)
Promoted to Blue Belt on February 13, 2010 by Seven Time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion, Professor Robson Moura