Fabio Gurgel is arguably the best coaches in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu of the 2000′s era. The head instructor and leader of Team Alliance in Sao Paulo, Fabio Gurgel has also been a top competitor in the BJJ scene with many important titles such as World Champion and European Open champion. In 2010 he competed once again at the European Open at the age of 40 and managed to pull a win, just a few months after he made his 20th black belt anniversary.
“What advice can you give to someone that is trying out Jiu-jitsu for the first time?”
“The beginning of your BJJ life is a most fascinating thing, you discover how efficient a technique can be. My advice is that first timers must find a good academy, with a methodology that looks after beginners. Sometimes academies don’t separate the levels and the beginners end up being forced to step into an advanced class. This makes their learning process much harder.
If a first timer steps into a beginners class, the integration will be easier and that student will quickly pick up all basic techniques in a very relaxed environment.
I believe that one should spend some time browsing academies on the web, read professors biography, etc… It is a fundamental step, and one should take time and research the matter properly in order to select a really good academy.”
“What kind of mental and physical preparation do you do when you compete?”
“Competition is a totally different universe. That’s I am not that much in favor of competition between white belts. I believe that white belt is a rank where one must focus on understanding what BJJ is, what it means and how it works and what techniques you can apply better. Only after you grasped that knowledge, you can select your arsenal and apply your most effective techniques in competition.
When you compete the most important thing is that you have a strategy that allows you to place the fight inside your comfort area.
When someone is competing for the very first time, the hardest part is to actually organize your ideas.
Jiu-jitsu provides many different options, so my advice is to try and define a game plan that you are comfortable with and follow it.
In competition you don’t have time to apply many different types of game plans. Just stick to your original plan.”
“Which is your best moment is Jiu-jitsu?”
“It is hard to select one moment, I believe that I had a really good career, I was successful and won every event that I proposed myself to win.
Today I have my academy and it makes me very proud. All my wins and losses helped me to keep in touch with BJJ always in a very positive way.”
“What project you have in the future?”
“We are very committed in expanding Alliance throughout the world. We believe in our teaching method, our system is built in a way that provides a really good support to the affiliated academies. So I think that teaching is the biggest challenge ahead of me. My big project is to place Alliance all over the world, maintaining the same quality and teaching method. People don’t understand all the invisible work behind our teaching and competitive excellence. The big challenge is to implement that worldwide.”