BJJ black belt and currently MMA commentator, Carlão Barreto has plenty of experience to provide feedback and give advice to new practitioners. Former MMA fighter, the black belt under Sergio "Bolão" Souza teaches a position often used throughout his career, advises novice competitors, explains how his teaching changes between a competitor and common student, talks about his mentor Carlson Gracie, and recalls a historic moment of his career.
Advice to new practitioners
"In order for a white-belt beginner to get graduated to blue in my gym, the first thing, regardless of the technical question, they must have posture. Respect to the origins of BJJ, understanding what BJJ is, the sport's dynamism, respecting the dojo, the place where they train. Respecting the people around them. Respecting the discipline and the teacher's authority. These are the main principles that I keep score of when I tutor a new fighter."
Old school vs modern BJJ
"A question everybody asks me: old-school or modern BJJ? Both! As long as it's done with a progression looking to finish. They have to learn the amplitude of this sport. BJJ is richer than just a championship."
"The most memorable fight in my career, without a doubt, was the tournament called Universal Vale Tudo Fighting, seeking the Iron Fighter belt. I did 3 fights in the same night, and in the final I fought Kevin Randleman, a North American wrestler."
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