Coral Belt


Coral Belt


People have been   asking    me how I feel about getting the Coral Belt.  


And trying to  answer that question  will  be  objective of this  text.


First as in all the stripes I gained as a Black Belt the realization that I am getting older   is present. Since the   stripes at this stage are based on time and not exactly on merit.


Although I am getting here at the earliest possible age it does not really matter much…


I’m actually so  proud   to  have gotten  this far, I knew all I  needed to do was stay alive and that  one  day it  would definitely come  because “exiting” Jiu  Jitsu has never been an option since  I was 15 years   old, when I decided  that  this  would  be what I would    do with  my  life..


The coral band is a   symbol, represents the entry into the universe of the masters of sport, people who came before us, to whom we must always respect and express gratitude for the path that was taught…


Today I am honorably in this group with the awareness that new learning journey opens in front of me, I will do as always, my best to deserve it and honor it.


Nowadays  martial  arts traditions  are commonly put aside, we often  look  at  Jiu  Jitsu as just a sport and where the medal  is the main  goal,  this takes us  to a dangerous  path  where  we can see in a short time Jiu  Jitsu  being totally disfigured as martial  art..


I am and always  will be a supporter  technical  evolution and  I am convinced that the Jiu  Jitsu that is practiced today is the best that has ever existed, however, honor,  ethics and moral values should never go out of style because they are the  pillars of a martial artist and we cannot allow this to be in anyway put at risk,  whatever is the  price  to be  paid for it…


Going back to the  beginning…


When I started in Jiu Jitsu at the age of  13 my dream was to one day become a  black  belt, the journey  seemed  extremely long and so there was no certainty  if I could make it.


But when I was 19  I  got there…


I felt  like the  most  amazing  guy  in  the world and  for sure  that  was the  greatest  achievement  of  my  life  so  far..

The black  belt came  to teach me  so  many  things,  in 31 years I’m   sure I’ve  lived  pretty  much everything  that was  possible to  live as a black belt…


From the competitions defending Jacaré’s academy to the world championships in tijuca, to the anything-goes rings having the honor of representing jiu jitsu, dedicating myself to the maximum as an athlete, but in parallel , taking care of my students, doing what today some believe not to be possible , founding Alliance in 1993 and helping my master and all of our family to become the winningest team in the history of the sport.

Having lived so many joys and victories made this long journey undoubtedly my best choice, but it was  the defeats,  disagreements,  frustrations and tears that really made me a successful guy..


yes, that is the fight! 


I was  very lucky,    first  to  having   found Jacaré ,an extremely present teacher who allowed me to be part of his dream, showed me  Jiu  Jitsu in its essence taught me  without limits,  vibrated with every  victory  and  was  there in every defeat, taught me  the  art of  teaching and putting  students above  all else.


He gave me the opportunity to put my ideas into practice, so many times and continue receiving the trust and support. Becoming partners when I was only 21 years   old, we follow partners to this day…


I was very  lucky..


To have had  the honor of being  the  first black belt  graduated by him  on 23/10/1989,  exactly 31 years ago,  I  am fortunate to have him  present in my  life without  interruptions to this day  and have with  him  the  greatest  bond  of  friendship  I   can  imagine.  


Then I was fortunate enough to have wonderful students, I often say that my students were my greatest teachers in life, as I learned and learn from them every day…


How many battles together, fighting  for each other, it would be impossible to name each and every moment I lived with each of you, although I feel like saying each name and honoring each one for choosing me, for joining my dream, for trusting and especially for carrying the message far beyond where my arms could reach.

You my beloved students know who you are, you are the ones who disagreed and stood by me to show me the way, who disagreed and often even failing to get arguments to convince me and still trusted me.


You turned my story into a breathtaking highlight.


Lastly, my reverence for my opponents, everyone I faced when I won and  when I lost but who taught me the beauty of the fight, forced me to discipline myself, to seek utopian perfection, to respect and not to give up.


I was very lucky.

3 opiniões sobre “Coral Belt

  • 24 de outubro de 2020 em 09:14

    Gostaria de saber se nao tem uma publicaçao em portugues deste texto.

    • 26 de outubro de 2020 em 13:08

      Sim é o anterior a esse texto, volte para o home do site


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