Brazilian in London, UK
How old are you? 20
Tell us a bit about your BJJ history. I started Jiu Jitsu when I was 14 years old as a form of fitness and self defence. I’ve never done any other form of matial arts before so everything was new to me. I was first introduced to it surprisingly here in the UK even though i lived in Brazil. My first coach was Whilian Santos a now Cesar Lima brown belt at Vie academy. He would sneak me into the gym on Saturdays to train with him and now one of my professors Max Lima as no kids were allowed to train at the gym. I never missed any of the classes and when the instructors saw that I was serious about training they took responsibility for me even though the gym wouldn’t let me train there.
Why did you stick with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? To be honest it was probably the atmosphere it was a fun place to be, everyone was friendly they took me out of my shell and showed me how to break someone’s arm.
And you chose to be associated with Grab and Pull because….? I’ve seen Grab and Pull growing and evolving through the years and it’s something that I can relate to while wearing the gi.
One sentence that sums up your approach to life and sport: Work hard, laugh well, eat fine and dance often.
One interesting fact that no one would know about you: I used to be blond.
Competition BackgroundGrapplers showdown 2011 2xGold
British open 2011 Gold
British open 2012 Bronze
London Bjj pro cup 2013 Gold
Abu dabhi trials 2013 Gold
British nationals 2013 Bronze
Keeps open 2014 Gold
Surrey open 2014 Gold
Newquay open gi / nogi 2014 7x gold
No gi Feather gold
Superfight winner gold
Toukon fight invitation 2014 winner
Tuff invitational 2014 winner
Brighton open 2012, 2013, 2014 Gold, gold, 2 x gold
Naga pro devision 2014 Silver
British open 2016 Gold
British nationals 2016 gold
London fall no gi Silver
Kent open 2016 Gold and bronze
QualificationsCesar Lima Brown Belt Certified Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor First aid work certificate