Victor Bonato was born in San Francisco, to a Brazilian family that is constantly on the move. From the time of his birth in 2002, he has moved three times by the time he celebrated his 15th birthday. As a child, Victor did not attach to any of the traditional sports. His father thought it would be best to put him in jiu- jitsu at age 6 with the legendary Ricardo Calvancati in Las Vegas. From that moment on, he found his calling. He spent most of his day on the mat, helping to teach the kids class. During summer time, he practically lived at the academy. There are times that he did not have a ride. Ricardo himself, would picked him up.
After watching his son training for two months, his dad, Fernando also joined the tribe. On his first tournament, he lost to a girl. That experience motivated him to train even harder. On these days, Victor usually spends 2 - 5 hours a day, 5 - 7 days a week on the mat. In 2011, he competed in Pan-Am kids and won his first gold. For the next 6 years, he won it 6 times consecutively. After living in Hawaii for 3 years, the family is moving to Portugal, in hopes that Victor can spend more time training and competing.