Black Belt Interview with Samuel Braga
So I posted my last interview in Advanced BJJ, but then was advised by Pizdoff to put the next interview in here. The full intewrview with pictures and video are here! http://navitabjj.blogspot.com/2011/0...uel-braga.html
Ok I am really excited about the fact I got the chance to do this interview. Samuel is probably the most decorated competitor (it is between him and Helio) that has agreed to do an interview on here! I met Samuel Braga not long after I got my blue belt. He was the referee for one of Helio Soneca’s tournaments. He ended up refereeing all of my matches, and I had no idea who he was. I later found out who he was and was pretty shocked. Samuel is a 6 time Mundial Champion. He is a black belt from Gracie Barra, and even though there has been some controversy surrounding him, he is an awesomely nice guy, and has a great sense of humor.
How old are you?
(Samuel didn’t want to reply to this one, He doesn’t want people to speculate on how much longer he will compete. Also like you saw with Helio, It’s pretty much impossible to get a Brazilian to tell you their age)
Where are you from? Where are currently living?
I'm from Brazil , Belo Horizonte MG, I’m living in Knoxville TN .
How long have you been training Brazilian jiu jitsu?
I've been training BJJ for 11 Years
When did you receive your black belt and who awarded it to you?
I got my black belt in 2005 from Vinicius Magalhaes Draculino
What got you into it?
I got into Brazilian Jiu-jitsu because of UFC watching Royce Gracie fights was really inspiring .
What is your favorite position?
I like using De la Riva guard. (Samuel also mentioned another form of guard that he has been working on but isn’t sure about it yet, granted he could have been joking with me, he kept laughing.)
What do you like about Brazilian jiu jitsu?
Its an amazing martial art , it is actually a life style , one thing really amazes me is that allows the smaller player to overcome the strength and weight difference with technique to beat a bigger opponent .
What has been one of the most memorable moments in your Jiu Jitsu Carreer?
I think winning my first world championship as a black belt.
Do you plan on competing again this year in Mundials?
Yeah , I do pretend to compete :) (Side note Samuel got third Place this year at world Championships in the black belt light feather division)
How do you feel about what Caio Terra said about steroids at Pan Ams after he won?
I think he has good intention on his statement but You always have to watch to not generalize it.
Where do you draw inspiration and motivation?
I think my inspiration and motivation comes from I want to improve as a person also my BJJ I love to compete and prove myself .
What is a lesson you have learned from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
You can always overcome hard ship on the mats and in your life as long you believe in yourself .
Are you where you want to be?
I want to have a great school and a family and above all be happy .
What is next for you?
I look myself always that someone needs improvements in many ways , I want to become a good instructor and be able to change life in a positive way
Is there anything you would like to add?
I would like to share that you have to believe in yourself and follow your instincts and dreams and pursue your happiness and what would you make you happy that is the most important thing and above all to do the right things in life would not regret later , follow right path god's path .