1. What lead you to start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)?
I started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu like every other kid, I remember asking my father to take me to the martial arts academy because I wanted to be like Bruce Lee. Luckily my father knew of a BJJ school and even though it wasn’t Bruce Lee’s style, I now know if Bruce Lee was alive today he would be a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt.
2. What are your most memorable competitions?
Every competition was special but I think winning my first World Championship was amazing. It was a dream to be called a World Champion.
3. What are your favourite positions/submissions?
I love every technique, especially when you can submit your opponent, but armlocks are my favourite.
4. What should we expect from you at the FaMA seminar?
I’m very excited to be coming to FaMA - Fitness and Martial Arts. I want to bring, what I believe, is a style of Jiu-Jitsu with philosophy. I do believe Jiu-Jitsu is much more than just chokes and armlocks.
5. With your extensive experience as an instructor, what do you believe is important to bring to your students?
I believe new students have to understand Jiu-Jitsu is way more than just fighting. Students should be guided not to only see Jiu-Jitsu for fighting but also see Jiu-Jitsu as a way to live a better life.
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FaMA - Fitness and Martial Arts Established in 2016, FaMA is a world-class martial arts training facility located in the heart of the Central Business District in Singapore. Walking distance from the Clarke Quay MRT station, FaMA’s main goal is to help people improve their lives through martial arts regardless of age or athletic capability. Each program is led by experts in their respective fields. Whether it is weight loss, a fun workout, camaraderie, competition training, or just to break a sweat, FaMA has something for everyone.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or BJJ as it is commonly known around the world, is a self-defence martial art that enables a smaller, weaker person to protect themselves against a much larger attacker using leverage and pressure. Formed from Kodokan Judo in Japan, Jiu Jitsu found its way to Brazil in the 1910s through Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese judoka and no-holds-barred prize fighter. During his time in Brazil, Maeda accepted a young Carlos Gracie as his student. Carlos would later pass on his knowledge to his brothers, most notably Helio Gracie - the father of modern Brazilian Jiujitsu. The Gracie family would go on to spread BJJ through The Gracie Challenge and eventually the creation of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Today, BJJ has grown to be more than just an effective unarmed fighting system. It helps young children deal with bullies and adults live a healthy lifestyle. BJJ classes are offered daily at FaMA under the tutelage of Black Belts Zoro Moreira, Robyn Goudy and Thiago Gaspary.