Shanghai Open BJJ Champion Chen Lei is from Changde, in China’s Hunan province. He believes that a man should be able to protect himself and his loved ones, which is what led him to study martial arts. He now credits his training for giving him the courage to defend himself against bullies and bestowing him with a greater sense of confidence.
Although he first started his martial arts journey by training in boxing and Muay Thai, Chen switched his focus to the cage over the past few years, and even won a regional BJJ championship in Shanghai after developing his ground game at the Changsha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy under Sergio Cunha.
Now training out of Equilibrium Beijing, Chen has since amassed a perfect record in professional competition, showing his outstanding potential. This includes an impressive ONE Championship run of four stoppage wins, with Malaysian Muay Thai star Saiful Merican, Indonesian grappling champion Jeremy Meciaz, Filipino Kickboxing Champion Burn Soriano, and undefeated Afghani champion Ahmad Qais Jasoor falling to Chen in stunning fashion.