Alliance’s Tarsis Humphreys.
Tarsis Humphreys is consistently one of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu‘s most dangerous competitors. From 2007 to 2009 he won a medal in whichever black belt adult division he entered, and he now gears up to bring home a gold at the 2010 European BJJ Championship this weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. We were able to get a few quick comments from Tarsis in the days leading up to the event.
The FightWorks Podcast: Tarsis, what are your competition plans in 2010?
Tarsis Humphreys: All the tournaments from IBJJF. Also the Abu Dhabi Pro Cup, and some tournaments with money prizes. Maybe when I finish all the gi competitions I will try my first MMA fight.
The FightWorks Podcast: Will you spend most of 2010 in Sao Paulo or traveling outside Brazil?
Tarsis Humphreys: Better if I spend time in Sao Paulo. I have better training there but I will travel for seminars. (If is somebody interested in my seminars please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook Tarsis Humphreys).
The FightWorks Podcast: Do you have any specific goals in 2010 in jiu-jitsu or outside jiu-jitsu?
Tarsis Humphreys: Yes: gold in all tournaments. This is my goal.
The FightWorks Podcast: I understand you’ve been focusing on strength training recently. Talk about that. Did you feel that this was an area you needed specific help with?
Tarsis Humphreys: Everybody needs specific preparation, and Olympic weight lifting with my coach Edmilson Dantas gives me everything: endurance, cardio, power, explosion, protects my body from injuries and also works a lot on my concentration and motivation. So I just recommend it for every fighter.
The FightWorks Podcast: Any thoughts about the names you have seen in your division at the 2010 European Championship?
Tarsis Humphreys: I don’t know who is in my division, but I trust in my training.
The FightWorks Podcast: It looks like Alliance is bringing an army to the 2010 European Championship. Who will represent Alliance there?
Tarsis Humphreys: Yes this is true. I will be there, and so will Antonio “Batista” Peinado , Michael Langhi , Lucas Lepri , Fernando “Soluco” Di Pierro, Alex Monsalve , Bruno Malfacine, and maybe Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles. This are the names I know. Maybe more black belts will come.
The FightWorks Podcast: Is it possible that the USA wins the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Brazil?
Tarsis Humphreys: Anything is possible. USA is a good football team. I know they are very prepared, and in good shape. But I believe more in the Brazilian talent. I think Brazil wins.
The FightWorks Podcast: Anything you would like to say to the FightWorks Podcast audience?
Tarsis Humphreys: Thanks for this space, and thanks for everybody who likes my jiu-jitsu.
We spoke with the founder of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu, Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti, who relayed that Cobrinha will not be attending the 2010 IBJJF European Championships. – Caleb