New Union Jiu-Jitsu competitor, black belt Marcelino Freitas returned to the competitive scene in October, after a period dedicated only to his academy and his students. Telino, as his teammates call him, was victorious International Master, Sydney Open and Pan Pacific, all organized by the IBJJF.
Marcelino took the opportunity to comment on his recent performances, in addition to flirting with another participation in the IBJJF World Championship in 2018.
"I've always liked to compete since I started, when I was 12, and today, at 35, it's always good to get into a competition and feel that adrenaline that still runs in the blood. But as for fighting the World Cup, it's different for me these days. I even wanted to, but I believe that in any sport you have the peak of your career, that you will be there disputing of equal to equal with your opponents, winning or losing. It is very important for you to know when it is time to stop. When I say stop, it is not to retire. Competitions with the World Cup, you have to dedicate yourself and have a lot of discipline. I have other priorities these days. But I always think of trying one more time. I only had the opportunity to fight the black belt world championship for three years, when I was already living here in Australia. I wanted to have fought more, but because of some of the team's policies a few years ago and the change from the World Cup to the United States … It was even difficult because I did not have much financial support. But I think of fighting once again, "says Marcelino, who has been practicing Jiu-Jitsu since he was 12.
At age 35 and with important career titles such as CBJJ's Brazilian, Marcelinho has valuable lessons to take to the next generation. For him, the mental part is an essential aspect for a high-performance fighter. Adept to The BJJ Mental Coach, movement by Jiu-Jitsu black belt Gustavo Dantas, Marcelino uncovers the benefits of a strong mind on and off the mats.
"Having a good head is key in any competitive sport. Some people assimilate very well, but others not so much. You may be overly physically and technically trained and if your head is not good, you will not perform well. One of the things I do with myself is always to make my mind believe, to enjoy that moment on the mat, which is unique, and not let the mind make comparisons between myself and my opponents. From the comparisons come the excuses, which lead you to the negative side. I believe that if I had this job of the BJJ Mental Coach since the beginning of my career, some results could be more positive. The material that Gustavo shares has a super positive value not only in Jiu-Jitsu but also for day-to-day life. This work of Gustavo Dantas has a very important credit in my return to the competitions, "Marcelino details
For 7 years in Melbourne, Australia, Marcelino has done an analysis of the old and the current Jiu-Jitsu, which lives the era of the cash prizes and appreciation of the athletes, and also highlighted the growth of soft art on Earth of the Kangaroos. "
"Jiu-Jitsu has grown a lot since I arrived here and some Brazilians arrived almost at the same time, which helps in this growth. Australia has many talents and Jiu-Jitsu keeps growing, which is good for the sport. On the world stage … It's great to see the growth of the sport that we love and see so many people living in Jiu-Jitsu. I remember that a few years ago many people fought for love of the sport and nowadays Jiu-Jitsu is very professional and technically very strong, which is very good for this new generation. This makes the competitions well contested and full of new talent in all the tracks, "concludes Marcelino, before projecting the year 2018.
"For 2018, I want first a lot of health for me and my family, enjoy life and if everything goes well, I want to fight some championships in Australia and suddenly in Brazil. And train and dedicate myself to my students at the gym where I work. "
Marcelino also won the IBJJF World Championship in blue, purple and brown, the Brazilian Championship for Teams for the fourth consecutive year (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003), in addition to the titles in the Brazilian Championship in the blue belt, brown and black.