Interview with André Galvão

Andre Galvao Vulkan– Could you tell us a bit about your preparations for ADCC?

I’m training hard as usual, At night I do the physical preparation with Camões, in the morning I practice grappling with the help of Josuel Distak and with my practice partner and ADCC champion, Ronaldo Jacaré. Everything is just fantastic, and I hope to get back from Barcelona with  a new title to my career, if it’s God’s will. I’m feeling well prepared to do it.

– Are you doing any kind of special training in your routine ?

Yes! I’m focusing on the explosion and speed at morning time. At night I am also doing the physical practice according to my morning training.

– What do you expect from yourself in this championship?

I hope to win the Champion Title, but I know it’s not that easy. ADCC Championship  holds the best athletes.  Actually,  in my opinion, ADCC is a more complex and different competition. Thanks God, I’m well prepared and ready for any kind of situation on the mat.

– How do see your career now on days?

Every day I see that I’m in the right direction. I’m grateful for all that I conquered along my career, in the Jiu Jitsu World and MMA, where I have the best coaches and training partners, this gives me the motivation to seek my dreams and goals, I  still have a lot to learn, God has blessed me, and I´m thankful for all.

– How ADCC Championships will add to your career?vulkan

ADCC is a worldwide high level championship, it´s good to be included in a huge organization like this, and it always brings good things too, sponsorships, the growth of the athletes in the Fight world, etc.

– How do you see yourself inside the Jiu Jitsu world?

I always  seek to learn more and more, Jiu Jitsu gives me this option, there’s always something to improve, I like that, since when I began practicing I tried to evolve in the sport.

I believe I  have achieved a lot, and I see others Athletes conquer and involved.

– Any message you like to share with your fans and friends?

I would like to thank you all for everything,

I  also would like to thank my sponsors, Vulkan, Vinac Concorsios, Sinister and to Posto do Açai


Xande and Rani ready!

ADCC 2007 Champions Xande Ribeiro and Rani Yahia completed the final stages of preparation for their campaign in ADCC 2009. The training sessions with Ginástica Natural’s Professor Alvaro Romano involved breathing and mental preparation techniques developed by the professor for fighters.

“The breathing techniques, mental training and motivational training are part of the program. The program includes these techniques along with Ginastica Natural and has been applied with many top athletes with great success, most recently Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira. Minotauro was first introduced to this type of training during his preparation to fight Randy Couture in UFC. Currently Rani and Xande are in the final stages of a similar program as they prepare for ADCC this upcoming weekend in Barcelona”, stated Romano.

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Romano with Rani and Xande

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The trio doing breathing exercises

source: Kid Peligro ADCC NEWS

Interview with Drysdale

drysdale3Marcus Widengren: Having the benefit of knowing two different countries and cultures, what are the best qualities that you bring with you from those two different cultures?
Robert Drysdale: I’ve always tried to assimilate the best out of both cultures. There are incredible things about Brazil and the U.S. And of course there are aspects of these cultures I don’t think are so good, so I try to avoid those. I guess it’s safe to say I’m a hybrid of two amazingly different worlds.

MW: What are the qualities you think one should possess to become a successful jiu-jitsu fighter?

RD: Dedication, discipline, will. Of course talent is important, but hard work beats everything. I personally never believed I was a talented fighter, but rather very committed to my passion.

MW: Not only have you won the World Championships in Jiu jitsu several times, but two years ago you also won the most prestigious title without the kimono: the absolute division at ADCC.  How did that feel compared to your previous accomplishments on the Jiu-jitsu mats?

RD: It’s one of those things you only dream about. I never thought I’d be that guy winning the open. To me personally, winning the Jiu-jitsu worlds was incredible, but winning the ADCC was just another level. It did a lot for me professionally and it really built my confidence to an even higher level. It’s a great privilege to even be part of this group of fighters.

MW: If you look at all the ADCC champions over the years, with very few exceptions most are Jiu-jitsu fighters. Why do you think this art is so successful even without the kimono?
RD: Part of it can be explained through the gi training. The gi is harder and more technical to train in. But on top of that, ADCC is very popular among Jiu-jitsu players. Not so popular amongst Wrestlers, Sambo fighters and Judokas for example. It is a few in every Jiu-jitsu gym, but most wrestling clubs haven’t even heard of it. So I think the sport has a long way to go as far as its popularity.

MW: Do you consider yourself better with or without the kimono?
RD: I’ve done most of my training with the gi. But for some reason I’ve always, since bluebelt, done better without it. I guess my gi game is very no-gi oriented.

MW: Do you have any fight that you consider the most memorable?
RD: I remember the final of the state championship in São Paulo in 2001. I won the open as a purple belt. It was a huge day for me… Also the worlds as purple… my first black belt world title. And of course the open of the ADCC in 2007.

MW: Now that you have only one fight to focus on, has your training routine changed anything in preparation for this fight? Could you tell us a bit about your preparations for the upcoming superfight against Jacaré?

RD: Of course I had Roger in mind so a replacement on such a short notice is unexpected. But I’m happy to go against him. Of course the strategy will change a little, but my dedication in training has only increased.
When I first found out about Roger I was a little bummed out. But now I’m excited about going against Jacaré.

MW: I know that you are a bit disappointed with the development of the competition scene in jiu-jitsu. What do you think could be improved and how could that be accomplished?

RD: Changing the rules and time limit would be a big step. Try to make the matches more dynamic would draw more people to watch Jiu-jitsu. Also, changing the format might draw other communication vehicles to follow the support. This would draw more sponsors in making the life of fighters much better. Jiu-jitsu is the only sport in the world where you become one of the top ten in the world and that means nothing professionally: no prize, no sponsors, no exposure. Jiu-jitsu tournament are restricted to a few Jiu-jitsu fans around the world that are passionate about the sport.

MW: Some people are trying to turn Jiu-jutsu into an Olympic sport, which of course would be great, but the rules are not exactly viewer-friendly. How would you like the rules to be changed to make the sport more exciting to watch?

RD: Make the matches 5 or 6 minutes long. That would make them more dynamic and the fighters would be attacking a lot more.
Also, reward submission attempts. It’s crazy that knee on belly is worth 2 points, a near sweep an advantage and a tight armbar nothing… It’s all wrong. The whole point is the make your opponent tap.

MW: I also heard in another interview that you wont be entering the big jiu-jitsu competitions anymore because you feel that you are done with that and that you have accomplished what you wanted already.  Don´t you consider the absolute category in the World championships of jiu-jitsu worth going for?

RD: Absolutely, and that title will be always missing. But after thinking a lot about all of this I came to the conclusion that no matter how much you accomplish, there will always be more. There will always be that one tournament that you never won or that one guy you never beat. I just didn’t want to spend the rest of my life competing in Jiu-jitsu tournaments when I wasn’t getting anything out of it professionally. I wanted to move on and meet new challenges.

MW: As many other successful Jiu-jitu fighters you have also entered the MMA scene.  Could you tell us about your future plans. Do you have something booked already?

RD: I made my debut last October, but due to some health issues I haven’t been able to fight, but I’ll be fighting again soon. It’s just an obstacle I must overcome.

MW: Do you have something else you want to say to all your fans out there?

RD: Training should be a habit. Train when you’re tired, train when you don’t want to train. Everything will be possible with dedication. Like I said, I was never to most talented guy in the gym, but here I am, fighting the ADCC superfight. It is all possible

MW: Thank you for your time and best of luck at your upcoming fight at ADCC!

Interview with Braulio “Carcará” Estima


Marcus Widengren: First of all, for all people out there that doesn´t speak Portuguese: What does your nickname Carcara mean and how did you get it?

Braulio Estima: Carcara it’s a name of a bird that lives around the region that I’m from, North east of Brazil. We have a saying there that the carcara gets, kills and eat the pray… and as I used to wear a gi of a brand Carcara (that nowadays doesn’t exist anymore) it became my nick name.

MW: In the jiu-jitsu world you can unfortunately encounter people with an arrogant attitude, even among certain black belts, but watching you compete I have always had the impression that you are a humble person that values sportsmanship. Do you think those qualities are important to be successful in this sport?

BE: I wouldn’t say that it is important to be successful, but this is a quality that I prize the most in a sportsman, because you need to know that you are not invincible and if you win it’s because you trained hard and deserved it. But that doesn’t mean that you are a better person than anyone else. I’ve seen many people that just because they start winning something, treat you different. I hate this.

MW: Do you have any fight or competition that was your most memorable? If so, which one?

BE: All the competitions that I’ve fought means a lot to me because i spend time training focusing and planning my strategy for it, but the pan ams in 1999 was the most memorable for me, as it was the first time that I managed to win my first fight in a tournament of the ibjjf/cbjj. I was a blue belt and even though I had been winning all my state competitions, every time that I fought in an official tournament (5 times) I had lost in the first round. In that time at the pan ams I won my first and won the whole tournament, five fights all together.

MW: Who is the toughest competitor you have met to this date?

BE: I think nowadays everyone is very well prepared and tough, it all becomes a question of who has the best strategy to win. The list is huge of the toughest ones.

MW: Do you consider yourself better with or without the kimono?

BE: I’ve spent more time training with the gi in my career so I’m more specialized in it but I think that using the right strategy I fight at the same level in both. You can only do so much in each fight, you don’t do everything you know in each one. So I think I know enough to put on a good fight either way.

MW: Many successful jiu-jitsu fighters remove their kimono and enter the MMA scene. I have read that you also have such plans. Is it because of the money or is because you want to challenge yourself, or is there any other reason?

BE: It’s a little bit of everything, but for me the part that pushes me harder to fight is that I feel the need to represent my art in MMA, and I think I’m one of the bjj representatives who should do the first step forward. I feel like the representative of my tribe.

MW: Do you have a date yet for your first professional fight? Do you know which event it will be or are you still negotiating?

BE: I’m focusing on the ADCC at the main time.

MW: Changing subject a bit, how come you moved from Brazil to Europe?

BE: Up until my brown belt I was divided in teaching, training, working and studying engineering. So I came for a try out in London for anything.  I spoke to Roger [Gracie] and Mauricio Gomes and what happened was that I went and took over the Gracie Barra Birmingham academy. Taking over the job that Mauricio started long time ago, before moving to London. I’m here for 7 years now and I’m very happy that I´m able to have as a job what is my passion and my hobby. Since I came here I could dedicate myself 100 per cent in bjj and the results came.

MW: Obviously Brazil dominates the jiu-jitsu scene around the world, but people outside Brazil are getting better and better every year. Americans for example have already managed to collect two gold medals in the most prestigious category in the Mundials; adulto black belt, thanks to BJ Penn and Rafael Lovato. You have lived in Europe now for quite a while, what do you think of the level of jiu-jitsu here? In how many years do you expect that we could have the first Mundial champion in the black belt adulto category?

BE: I’ve helped the growth of bjj in Europe and I’ve seen the project from very close. I guess in 5 years time we will have a contender to fight for medal in the main black belt division.

MW: Do you believe that Brazilian jiu-jitsu one day could become an Olympic sport? If so, do you think that the rules have to be adjusted in any way to make it more exciting to watch for people that doesn´t know the art? For example shorter fights and harder punishments for stalling?

BE: I think there will be no other way, bjj is growing so much and it´s proving its efficiency. You said everything with shorter fights and punishments, which would be the first step for a better understanding and excitement of the crowd.

MW: Have you done any special preparations for the ADCC competition, or has it been training as usual? What are your expectations for this competition?

BE: I have focused on designing my strategy for no gi according to the rules and everything. I have been doing as much training as I always do to compete in a high level competition. I can’t do anything more or otherwise I will get over trained [laughs].

I expect the ADCC to be the toughest event that I ever fought and I’m planning to be in my best physical, technical and mental shape for it.

MW: If you could give any advice to all of us that train jiu-jitsu, what would it be?

BE: Everyone passes through the ups and downs always, even us professionals. It´s normal and it´s part of the evolution of your game. Keep going, the road is full of excitement, obstacles and challenges. The best therapy for stress for sure.

MW: Any last words to your fans out there?

BE: I’m bringing about 50 people to support me at the ADCC.  I’m game to put up a show with exciting fights. I can’t wait!

MW: Thanks a lot for your time Braulio and good luck at ADCC!

Superfighter announced!

souzaA special meeting was held by the ADCC Committee to select a replacement for Roger Gracie for the Superfight in ADCC 2009. The ADCC Committee considered many top names for the position and after careful consideration they selected Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for face Robert Drysdale.

Everyone is excited to have “Jacare” compete in Barcelona and the prospects of a very exciting action packed fight have just gone of the scale

Congratulations to Ronaldo “Jacare” and to Robert for having such a worthy opponent!

When contacted about the replacement, Drysdale stated: “I am stoked to be fighting “Jacare”, he is a super aggressive fighter and I look forward to a great fight!”

Jacare: “I can’t wait to show the world how hard I’ve been training for MMA and grappling. My last fight was disappointing with a result I didn’t expect. I can’t wait to show the world that Jacare is still a force in submission fighting!”


Kid Peligro Interview with Jeff Curran


WEC star and Under 65KG competitor Jeff Curran is ready to go. Kid Peligro and ADCC caught up with Jeff for a quick interview:

How do you feel about getting invited to ADCC?
JC- I am so honored to be competing in ADCC.  I have always wanted the chance to compete in this tournament against the best in the world.  This is a chance for me to make up for many lost years of competing in grappling tournaments while I trained for MMA fights.

Do you think because you trained for an MMA fight will help or hurt your performance?
JC- I think that because of my history and my daily practice in Jiu-Jitsu that all the MMA training will not hurt my performance in the tournament.  I think I really stay in good shape, learn a lot about my ability during very high pressure moments in fights that will transfer over to ADCC.  However, I have put aside lots of my game and tricks that don’t work well in MMA so I am trying to re-invent myself along this next few weeks to make sure my BJJ is at its best.

What do you expect to do in this tournament?
JC-  I really have my eyes set on winning my first match.  If I can do this, all the pressure will be off me and I will open up during my next match and so on.  I am coming to win this tournament and have my heart set on that.

Who will be your coach? And what does he add to your game/performance?
JC- My coach, Pedro Sauer, will not be able to make it to coach me.  He has a very high profile seminar he was booked for way in advance.  I am hoping my friend Marcelo Garcia will be on hand to help if our brackets workout right.  If not, I am “coach-less” and doing this all alone.  I will perform my best either way.

Any last words?
JC- I want to thank Pedro Sauer for all the amazing years of instruction he has given to all of us in his association and on his team.  I want to thank the Gracie Family as a whole for sharing their families art with the world and setting the stage for my life.  I want to thank my wife Sarah, my family, my friends, my staff and students at Curran Martial Arts for all the years of unconditional support.  They are all amazing and I couldn’t do this without them.  I want to thank ADCC, Kid Peligro, Marcelo and Tatiana Garcia for also helping make this dream come true.  Can’t wait!

by Kid Peligro

source: ADCC News

Interview with Lana Stefanac

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Lana is a heavyweight champion! This american from Trinity JJ defeated Kyra Gracie by 5 to 2 in the absolute final of the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship. She scored with a takedown and guard pass, while the Gracie scored with a sweep. Now welcome back to the ADCC!

How did you get into MMA and what is your experience with martial arts?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a lifestyle for me, I train usually twice a day every day if not hindered by injuries. I have a background in Aikido, and a little Kempo. BJJ is my blood, though.

I have fought all over the country in the following tournaments and run a record of (143-0-0) in gi, my professional no-gi and amateur no-gi record is (63-3-0).  I have never been tapped out thus far, my 3 losses were highly disputed technical losses, but to very experienced females, I have cleaned up one loss and look now to avenge the other 2.

I recieved my blue belt from Relson Gracie, and my brown from Randy Bloom.

How did you become the coach for an all-female fight team and can you tell me how many are on the team and what are some of your plans to compete?

We have right now about 20 girls, of them, about 3 or 4 I would put against the toughest females out there. I am working with some local promoters and friends who have been tireless in their efforts to work with my women by getting them into some pro fights.

How did you get your nickname LETHAL FORCE?

That nickname came I think from the 2006 PanAms, I smoked through all the females in my division mostly by tapout and mostly in less than a minute, people were saying I was “Lethal”, and the name followed me ever since. When I got into MMA, my record was still going around a minute or two by submission, so hence the “Lethal Force”.

What would you like to accomplish with your career?

I want to accomplish the exact same thing as any other pro female or male, to be the best at my game, and be able to make a living off doing what I love. My biggest goal is to get my black belt in BJJ and open up my own academy where I will specialize in training women fighters. Too often there is a stigma attached to females that they “slept” their way up to a black belt or into a show, I want to be that one female that other women can look up to and say “look she did it through hard work blood and sweat, so can I”. In the meantime, my dream is to acquire financial sponsoreship so that I can train hard all the time and focus on being the best of the best.
Single? Married? Kids? Can you give me a little information on your personal background.

I married to a Sgt. Detective who is extremely wonderful and supportive of all my wild training, figthing and traveling, whom without I could not be half the person I have become so quickly just this year alone. I do not have kids nor do I want them, but I love kids and I particularly love to teach children.

font: Lana Stefanac’s official web-site