4.23.2008

FABIO GURGEL

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I haven't been posting much this week but I have a little treat for everyone. It's not too often that I get to interview guests in person and most of the time it's done via e-mail. Here I had the unique opportunity to chat with Prof. Fabio Gurgel about his performance at the Pan Ams in addition to winning the team title. With 10 hours between us, me in Bangkok and he in Sao Paulo there was a slight lag in the response to the questions but for the sake of authenticity, I kept things unchanged. A big thank you to Prof. Gurgel for taking the time to speak with us and also to Danny for getting me in touch with 'The General'. -Luke
BJJ-ASIA:
First I want to thank you for making the time to chat with us. For those that are new to bjj, could you share with us a bit of your history?
Fabio Gurgel:
no problem it is a pleasure
BJJ-ASIA:
How you got started in bjj and under who? When did you get your black-belt, etc.
Fabio Gurgel:
i started when i was 13, with Toninho a old guy from gracie school, aftera few months of trainning the academy closed and Imoved to Jacar´'s academy where I stay until today and hope forever
Fabio Gurgel:
I got my belt when I was 19
BJJ-ASIA:
You're a very decorated competitor and have instructed a number of top level fighters as well. Even so, you still look to compete. I also wanted to congratulate you on your performance at the Pan Ams both as a competitor and for winning the team title with Alliance. Could you share your experience competing recently?
Fabio Gurgel:
Yes, Actually competitions is the most funny part of the game, rsrsr I do because I like and not to prove anything to anyone, I already reached all the titles in BJJ but it doesn't mean anything, when new competition is coming the challenge make me exciting, that is why I'm still there
BJJ-ASIA:
That's great to hear.
Fabio Gurgel:
thanks, tha alliance victory was very important to me
BJJ-ASIA:
So what was the preparation like for the Pan Ams? For yourself + your team?
Fabio Gurgel:
me and jacaré are working very hard to rebuild the team after our split in 2002, and now I can say we did it
BJJ-ASIA:
I'm sure it hasn't been easy but it seems to be a common thing in BJJ as the community grows larger.
Fabio Gurgel:
my self just follow th team preparation, I do what I think will be the best for everybody, the results are consequence of the hard work
BJJ-ASIA:
I assume you'll go into the Mundials with the same attitude then. Could you comment on any of your students performances during the Pan Ams?
Fabio Gurgel:
yes now a days is very commmon but back there was a big surprise and we got very desapointed, but it tough us a lot to trebuild the team even stronger
BJJ-ASIA:
Even so, I think Alliance has shown to be one of the strongest teams competing and consistently so in the past year
BJJ-ASIA:
Were there any hilight matches that you saw at the Pan Ams?
Fabio Gurgel:
Yes our team goes to mundial with the full force, the preformance that I like most was the Brown belts , they foght very good and we got medals in all divisions
BJJ-ASIA:
I hear from friends that attended that one of the hilight matches was between Chris Moriarty and Krong Gracie. Any comment on this one?
Fabio Gurgel:
many, but I guess Kron was the one that surprised everybody, all his matches were awesome
BJJ-ASIA:
What do you see that separates him from other competitors? Do you see it as natural ability?
Fabio Gurgel:
Crhis is our student and a very tough guy and good athlete but he did a mistake and Kron was there, the fight was very quicly, but I believe that Chris is one that has a chance to beat Kron in the future
BJJ-ASIA:
Chris has also had an amazing competition season as well so I know there was a lot of excitement going into this match.
Fabio Gurgel:
Natural Ability? I prefer to believe that he trains a lot since he was a child, and he has a very good master, telling him what he need to do, giving him 100% of his attention
BJJ-ASIA:
As an instructor, what do you see as the most important aspects to your students development?
BJJ-ASIA:
Being and good fighter and instructor do not always go hand in hand but you've managed to excel at both.
Fabio Gurgel:
I think that the competitor must trainning very hard and cover all the aspects of the fight, including technical part, condition and mind control and of course when time is run believe in themselfs
BJJ-ASIA:
Do you have any words of advice for those here in Southeast Asia just starting BJJ?
Fabio Gurgel:
The think is I paid a lot of attention to understand what jiu jitsu is all about since I was a 13 year old kid, I had a good performance is my carrer maybe because i understood and as a teacher Jacaré told me everything how should I run the academy and take care of my students to make a unit force, it what I'm trying to do
BJJ-ASIA:
I don't want to take too much of your time since I know you must be busy. Do you have any last comments to share with the BJJ community here in Southeast Asia?
Fabio Gurgel:
My advice to the begginers is to they try to undestand the game, what are they doing and what for, the jiu jitsu must be an inteligent art, and of course they must have fun when practicing
Fabio Gurgel:
I'm glad to see jiu jitsu growing all over the world, when I started it is small even in Rio de Janeiro, I hope in the next future see with my own eyes the growing there in southeast Asia and if I can help this development in anyway would be a pleasure, my academy is also open for foregners and all praticioners form Asia: 21:33:49
Again, I want to thank you for taking the time to chat with us. I'm sure I can speak for the community that we hope to see you here in Asia soon.
Fabio Gurgel:
All right Luke it was a pleasure chat with you
BJJ-ASIA:
Best of luck to Alliance in the upcoming Mundials this June
Fabio Gurgel:
thanks
Fabio Gurgel:
bye
BJJ-ASIA:
bye

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