Gracie Barra’s Braulio Estima.
Today on The FightWorks Podcast cohost Dan and I start off by discussing the results of the most recent BJJ Poll (Should Blue and White Belts Be Allowed to Perform Heel Hooks?), with help from a listener who called in.
We will also get the scoop on the Copa Alliance which was held November 1st in Sao Paulo, Brazil from Steve Hall, aka Pesadelo Triangulo, an Alliance brown belt who made the journey to compete just that one day, returning the next! Pesadelo’s report confirms that Fabio Gurgel (aka, “The General”) and Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti are indeed creating new Brazilian jiu-jitsu secret weapons we can expect to see in the future.
Our feature interview this week comes by way of FightWorks Podcast contributor Bruce Hoyer, who caught up with Braulio Estima, one of Gracie Barra’s big guns. Estima won the following medals in recent years (among others):
- 2006 heavyweight Pan-Ams gold medalist
- 2006 middle heavyweight Mundials gold medalist
- 2008 heavyweight and absolute division no-gi Pan-Ams gold medalist
- 2008 middle heavyweight Mundials silver medalist
In the interview, Estima talks about training in London with Roger Gracie, cornering Zelg Galesic in his match against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in DREAM, his own MMA ambitions, and tons more.
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EXCERPT FROM BRAULIO ESTIMA INTERVIEW
The FightWorks Podcast: Tell us about your experience at the No-Gi Pan-Ams.
Braulio Estima: The Pan-Ams was a good experience, even though it didn’t have as many guys, the level was there. Tarsis Humphries was there, Roberto “Tussa” Alencar, Pablo Popovitch, Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, Samuel Braga, all the top guys. Macaco, Rolles Gracie, so it was good. A lot of people were watching as well. It was very cool.
The FightWorks Podcast: Yes it seemed like there was a really high level of black belts but not that many blue, purple, and brown belts. When I was looking through the list it looked like there was a lot of good black belts.
Braulio Estima: Yes it was pretty good and I am very struck that I did pretty well. I have been training very hard here with my brother (Vitor Estima), and Rominho (Romulo Barral). You know he is here with us now, and on the seventh of November he’s going to come with us and do seminars around Europe, and then he is going back to America. But he helped in training for the Pan-Ams, pushing me with the cardio. I did a very good preparation with my trainer Stevie B, and I was very confident in my power and my timing. Back in the Worlds (BJJ Mundials), these were the two things that were missing: my cardio and my timing. The rhythm of competition, you know? And I was very happy because I was doing a lot of specific training as I was coming back, and my knee feels very solid. I exchanged takedowns and stuff, so it was very good and I am very happy with where I am now. Everything happened to me this year. I started this year with the left foot forward, doing a surgery, and four months after the surgery, after two months I could step on the floor and start training for the Worlds. I fought in the finals at the Worlds to Andre Galvao and lost by submission. I started getting better but not as good as I was supposed to…