The 1st of October is set to be an exciting date for the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community in Singapore as Master Draculino and Master Gordo will be conducting a Powerhouse Training Camp at FaMA. We ask Master Draculino a little bit about himself and some of his views on BJJ in part one of our special two part interview with the BJJ legends.
1. How old were you when you started training BJJ? What/who influenced you to start?
I started training BJJ when I was 13 years old, but I had already started training judo since I was six. As far as why I started training BJJ, it was the influence of childhood friends and neighbors Renzo, Ralph and Ryan Gracie. They were the toughest guys around even though they were small guys.
2. You were a lawyer before you decided to go full-time into BJJ – was this a very difficult decision to make? What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue BJJ full-time?
It wasn’t a hard decision for me because BJJ is my life, my passion. I also love to teach and believed one hundred percent in my potential. It was hard to hear other people, who had genuine concerns about my future, saying that was crazy and all that but even my Father knew that BJJ was a better fit for me.
3. What has been your greatest challenge in BJJ, and what is your proudest achievement?
My biggest challenge has been to spread the real philosophy of BJJ around the world. Staying true to our roots of efficiency on hand-to-hand combat and self-defence, but also embracing the latest techniques for BJJ as a sport. People are dividing BJJ up for his or her own interests. That is wrong.
My proudest achievement is the knowledge that I have changed several lives for the best, through the teaching of our art, in the correct way, the complete way.
4. What is your favourite submission/sweep?
Sincerely, it’s all the ones that fall into my lap during training or competition. Trust me, I will take whatever you give me. 🙂
5. You’ve produced many BJJ world champions – what is the secret to being such a good teacher?
Teach your students to be better than you, with all your heart. I have vast knowledge but I know for a fact that several of my students have already surpassed me and hope their students do the same to them. Also, teach the complete BJJ, not just what you do best. Some people can only teach their game, nothing else.
6. What do you think is the most important lesson a person can take away from training BJJ?
That in between the four lines of your dojo area, everyone is the same. BJJ puts your ego in check all the time. It makes you humble and gives you true confidence – like nothing in the world.
7. What can we look forward to learning at your seminar here in Singapore?
I have been crazy to go to Singapore for years and I am happy and blessed to go now. Also, it is a honour to have my brother Prof. Roberto Gordo teaching with me. It will be magical. See you all soon.
The Powerhouse Training camp will be divided into 2 parts – Part 1 will be taught by Master Draculino between 10am – 12pm, and part 2 will be taught by Master Gordo between 2pm – 4pm. The price of the entire camp is $300 for non-members of FaMA, and $100 for members. Participants can also choose to attend just one part of the camp, in which case the price will be $200 per session for non-members, and $50 for members.
For more information about the seminar or to reserve your spot (spots are limited!), do drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 6352 0992.