FaMA’s Powerhouse Training Camp is going to be dream come true for BJJ geeks (especially fans of the half-guard!), and with good reason, as it features BJJ legends Master Draculino and Master Gordo. FaMA gets the lowdown from Master Gordo as he shares with us his challenges and achievements in BJJ, and even tells us how he got his famous nickname, in the second part of a two part interview with the masters of the art!
1. How old were you when you started training BJJ? What/who influenced you to start?
I was 14 years old when I started training BJJ, and was influenced by the Gracie family. Some of the Gracies I grew up with were Ralph, Ryan, Daniel, and Russo.
2. What has been your greatest challenge in BJJ, and what is your proudest achievement?
My greatest challenge has always been trying to influence people in a good way, getting them to eat healthy and exercise everyday, and to have a good life. My proudest achievement is all my students!
3. What inspired you to create the half-guard?
I don’t think of myself as having created the half-guard, I just had an injury in my knee and needed to do something to keep training. That was when I started to develop it.
4. What differences do you see in the half-guard from when you first created it, and how it is used today?
I don’t really see much of a difference. Jiu-Jitsu is always evolving, never stopping. Different people have different styles, whereas some play half-guard the way I do!
5. What transitions or submissions do you like to do best from half-guard? And why?
I usually like to attempt sweeps from the bottom because when I go on top , I already have a good control of my opponent. From there, I can progress and apply some chokes because people don’t usually expect that from half-guard.
6. What can we look forward to learning at your seminar here in Singapore?
You can look forward to learning Jiu-Jitsu in its purest form, the way that I myself have learnt, and the way I have taught all my life.
7. Lastly, who gave you your nickname?
The nickname came from my family – I think it was from my old brother or my parents.
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.