Catching Up with Gilbert "Durinho" Burns

Atos Jiu Jitsu Gilbert Burns
Gilbert Burns of Atos Jiu-Jitsu in the 2009 BJJ World Championship finals against Michael Langhi of Alliance.

Bruce Hoyer, a regular contributor to the FightWorks Podcast sends us this quick interview with Gilbert Burns, the lightweight silver medalist at the 2009 BJJ World Championships.

The FightWorks Podcast: So how are you Gilbert?

Gilbert “Durinho” Burns: I’m fine.

The FightWorks Podcast: Where are you teaching at these days?

Gilbert “Durinho” Burns: In Fightworks Asia. [editor: FightWorks Asia has no relationship with The FightWorks Podcast or FightWorks BJJ in Virginia].

The FightWorks Podcast: That is in Singapore right? How is the BJJ scene over in Singapore?

Gilbert “Durinho” Burns: Nice at training now, but we have many guys starting.

The FightWorks Podcast: Very cool. What are your plans for competition in 2010?

Gilbert “Durinho” Burns: I want to fight in the European Championships, Pan-Ams, Brazilian Championships and World Champion after I that I will have my first fight in MMA.

The FightWorks Podcast: Do you feel that training for MMA affects your game in grappling?

Gilbert “Durinho” Burns: No I think BJJ is the best martial art. I go puts this improve

The FightWorks Podcast: But do you feel training for MMA will hurt your BJJ game?

Gilbert “Durinho” Burns: A bit. Because of this I will do MMA starting after the Worlds.

The FightWorks Podcast: You have been traveling a lot after your 2008 World Championships. Where are all the places you’ve gone?

Gilbert “Durinho” Burns: In the USA I have been to North Carolina, Hong Kong, Philippines and Singapore. Now I return to Brasil for training and start training hard for competitions.

The FightWorks Podcast: You are a member of the Atos Jiu-Jitsu team. How is the preparation for major competitions different at Atos?

Gilbert “Durinho” Burns: We train 3 times a day. Then we do workouts as well. Ramon Lemos is the teacher of BJJ and Thiago Mendes is the workout teacher.

The FightWorks Podcast: Wow. Three training sessions a day?

Gilbert “Durinho” Burns: Yes, they have a camp before big competitions. It is usually two months, 3 times a day. They are very hard training sessions.

The FightWorks Podcast: Well anything you would like to tell new grapplers about how they can become a world champion like yourself?

Gilbert “Durinho” Burns: Be dedicated and train every day. Stamina, dedication, discipline.

The FightWorks Podcast: Very good! Well thanks for chatting with me and good luck in your upcoming tournaments!

Gilbert “Durinho” Burns: Thank you.

3 Replies to “Catching Up with Gilbert "Durinho" Burns”

  1. very good interview!
    One of my favorite fight that i saw when i went to the Mundials, was Lepri and Burns!
    very exciting fight! who would of thought Gilbert was going to beat Lucas ?

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