As a teenager, I walked into a jiu-jitsu school after watching the first UFC, and from that point on, it took over my life. For years I split my time between Santa Cruz and Brazil to focus on training and competition. Then I started teaching. I moved to NYC, and began teaching at Marcelo Garcia Jiu-Jitsu Academy, and am lucky enough to have made a career doing what I love.
On Power in issue 03 – Chakra 03
Power is control. In jiu-jitsu we learn to control our opponents by using the physics of our bodies to manage their movement and use their reactions against them. In order to control their bodies, we first have to control our own. To control our own body, we have to control our mind. Projected power starts with self-control and awareness. Jiu-jitsu is the language of action and reaction. At its heart is an awareness practice based on breath, feel and anticipation. Then it’s about taking that awareness into action and applying the techniques. Jiu-Jitsu is technique and a will to win. There is power inherent in the techniques, but they are empty if there’s no will, nor intention behind them. The most important thing in making a technique work is believing it will work.
Photography by Sebastian Kim