Belt Rank: Blue
Time Training: Two years and three months
Team Name: Fightsports/Avengers
Professor Name: Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu
I definitely caught the BJJ bug after trying the class out once. I was very big into stand up (Muay Thai and Boxing) and never forget the day that my first BJJ coach (Denis “Deninho” Mitchel) asked me to try one of his classes. I used to look at the Jiu Jitsu classes and not really understand how people could like just rolling around on the floor. And then of course, I tried it and after the first day I fell in love with it and ended up stopping Muay Thai 100% to pursue BJJ. I became very passionate about it after watching people compete, and competed my first tournament with less than one month of training. The most impacting moments for me have been competing in Brasil. I compete in many high level tournaments, such as Panams, Worlds, and many of the IBJJF tournaments; but the happiest moment to me was winning the Brasilian Nationals in Rio de Janeiro last year. Not many people know this about me, but I used to dance competively for several years. I thought I would never stop dancing and even had dreams of opening up my own dance studio and becoming a well-known choreographer. Now, after getting involved with BJJ, I realized what my true passion is. I love it so much that it would be awesome to be able to train twice a day, and travel to places for train for months at a time, but this is where my biggest challenges come in… I work a very stressful and high pressured, fast paced job as an Associate Media Director for Latin America in a global advertising agency and work long hours, and also have to consistently travel. It takes a lot of dedication to make sure I get my training in, and it takes even more to be able to focus with all the craziness of my career during competition time. I have learned how to focus, but it is not easy. A lot of people don’t know or may not notice the level of stress I have when I am training… sometimes I get the urge to cry or breakdown from how overwhelmed I am feeling inside. I have taken my work with me to competitions and have been working from the lobbies of hotel rooms just to be able to travel and compete and do what I love. Struggles and hard work are what make victory taste that much better in the end and I have no plans on stopping! My goal is to become a black belt and continue training and competing for the rest of my life.