Braulio Estima “Carcará” is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt World Champion and a ADCC open weight gold medallist. This BJJ fighter has collected trophies throughout his martial arts career, both as a fighter and as an instructor.
Source: BJJ Heroes
BJJ Advice:“What advice can you give to someone that is going to have the first BJJ lesson?”
Braulio Estima: A really important thing is to be patient and calm and don’t rush things up, because sometimes students believe they pick up things really fast and want to start fighting right away, but it must be one step a a time, or as we say in Brazil: “Nunca botar a carroça à frente dos bois” don’t even put the ox before the cart. So just be patient and calm, remember that a black belt is a white belt that never gave up.
BJJ Advice:“What advice can you share with someone that is about to compete for the first time?”
Braulio Estima: When a beginner is about to fight, one thing that probably is missing is a strategy or a plan.
It really doesn’t matter what the strategy is or if it will work, the main thing is that you need to have one.
You need to know what you will attempt to do before you step into the mat. The worse thing one can do is to get in a match without any idea of what to do. The match starts then stops – and you don’t have a clue on what happened because you had nothing planned.
One needs to get into the match with focus and direction.
BJJ Advice:“What was the best advice you ever got in BJJ?”
Braulio Estima: It was to learn to way to control the hip of my opponent. It made me understand later the true importance of hip control in Jiu-jitsu.
But like many advice we get, it only makes full sense after some time. I consider that learning the importance of hip control the most important advice I got in BJJ.
BJJ Advice:“What was your best moment in Jiu-jitsu?
Braulio Estima: I don´t think that there was a single moment. I can identify my best period in the last two years. It was a really good period because I managed to put into practice all my BJJ and was able to win over the toughest athletes out there.
BJJ Advice:“And the hardest moment of your career?
Braulio Estima: My neck injury was the hardest. It happened in June 2010 and I thought that I would never be able to compete again. But after six months I had surgery. Right before the surgery I fought the European Championship, actually two days before. Six months later I fought Jacaré and I was at my highest level of BJJ and managed to win.
BJJ Advice:“Are you thinking in getting into MMA?
Braulio Estima: Yes, I have great plans right now. MMA will be my next challenge, but I won’t stop developing my Jiu-jitsu.
BJJ Advice:“What are your current and future projects?
Braulio Estima: I’m actually very busy, with several projects underway. I want to continue developing the BJJ Brit Show and the No Gi Brit Show, some of the greatest Jiu-jitsu related events in the UK. I also want to finish my book and complete my website that will deliver BJJ e-learning classes.
Also I am determined to expand Gracie Barra in Europe but my life objective is to contribute as much as I possibly can to the development of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.