Thank you Cyborg for taking the time to talk. Congratulations on your recent victories at the ADCC can you talk a little bit about that experience?
First of all I want to thank the opportunity of representing the Jiu Jiu Jitsu of Florida. The ADCC is the most prestigious event in the world of grappling and I have been working very hard to conquer it. The last two ADCCs I got really close getting 2nd place in 2009 in Spain and 3rd 2011 England. Conquering the Absolute Title in China really means the world to me.
Would you say winning the ADCC championships this year was your greatest achievement?
Of course, I have won other absolutes before like the Worlds NoGi for an example, but nothing like ADCC. I feel really blessed to have achieved such a great tittle. Especially the way it was. Un-scored on the entire open class, winning finals against simply the best by 10-0. I don’t think it can be done any better than that.
You ended up fighting your friend Buchecha for the 2nd time in the tournament. Did you make any adjustments from the first fight to the second?
Strategy is everything! I changed the mentality of the fight and it made the difference. I have a great respect to my brother Marcus Almeida and I’m happy we could have two amazing fights showing a beautiful Jiu-Jitsu.
What was your preparation like for this tournament? Did you train mostly at your school?
Lots of conditioning training, dedication and a lot of time on the mats. I did my entire training at my gym in Miami. I have a really strong competition team in all belts and many great black belts, like Ricardo Resende, Marcel Goulart, Denis Michel, Vagner Rocha, Daniel Azevedo, Enrico Cocco and many more who are like family and go to war with me on a daily basis. I was doing 10 rounds of 10 minutes of sparring plus conditioning at the same day. I felt like the best I have ever been in my life. Strong, fast, and with a huge gas tank.
You have one of the most well-known schools here in Florida. Can you talk about your experiences here in Florida and what it has been like growing Jiu-Jitsu here?
Florida is a great place to live and train. The weather is perfect and the fact that I’m in Miami gives me a leverage of different training all the time. I have a strong competition team which I built over the years and a perfect training camp all year long to all levels. Couldn’t be happier to live and work with Jiu Jitsu in Florida. I truly couldn’t see myself living anywhere else.
Finally, you compete all over the world, what do you think about the level of Jiu-Jitsu here in Florida?
Florida has a great level, we have proved that many times. The only problem is the support the teams have with competitions.
There is a great community of BJJ here, but while the owner of the teams don’t get together to support the events we have, we will never have some major competitions like PanAms or Worlds here.
You have many students who compete, what is your main focus at this time teaching or competing?
I do love the competition aspect of Jiu-Jitsu and I always support every one of my students to compete. I’m fortunate to have my guys competing on all major competitions and the globe and making me proud!
My main focus is to promote Jiu-Jitsu bringing a better lifestyle to everyone around me.
Thank you so much for the opportunity!
Thank you again Cyborg!
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