thanks to: Stephen Kamphius
While visiting the Philippines, Prof. Fabricio Martins took some time to answer a few of our questions. I want to thank Prof. Martins for taking the time to speak with us, it's great to hear from those who've had such a positive impact on the sport. If you haven't read already, we did an interview with one of Prof. Martins' students, Daniel Otero who at the time just won the Copa America de Jiu Jitsu. I've also included pics taken from the seminar held earlier this week. -Luke
Please share with us a bit of your background regarding where you are from, how you started BJJ and under who did you receive your black belt and when?
I come from Rio de Janeiro. I started training with my older brother when I was eight years old under now 9th degree Red belt Grand Master Osvaldo Alves. In 1985, I received my Black Belt at age 20 under Grandmaster Osvaldo.
I have had an Academy in Rio for over 17 years and have been teaching for over 23 years. I am now a 5th Degree Black belt.
Could you share with us what your experience was like going from white to black-belt? What was your training routine and how much did competition play into your development as a fighter?
I began BJJ at a young age and competed in all belts from Yellow to Black belt winning in most of the major competitions at all Belt levels.
My training routine involved techniques in the morning, conditioning in the afternoon and hard Gi training at night. This routine could vary. Competition I think is very important you need good preparation; time to focus on your techniques and the spirit to learn. Competition helps a lot.
As BJJ continues to grow in SEA, the Philippines represents the largest BJJ community with the most tournaments held within a given year. How would you compare the growth of BJJ in the Philippines to the rest of SEA?
I do not know so much about the rest of SEA, but I visited my Team in the Philippines under my Student 1st stripe Black belt Stephen Kamphuis and I see the techniques that they are learning and applying is very good technical and efficient BJJ. I see that many students in my Team like to compete this will be good for the growth and exposure of BJJ.
Team Fabricio has represented very well internationally as well as in the local scene here in SEA. Could you share with us your thoughts on the early days of Equipe Frabicio and where the future is for you and your team?
It is only in the past two years that I have left my Academy in Brazil. I have over 40 Black belts in my school in Brazil and I am certain the future or my Team is wonderful, we are starting to plant the seeds. I have students teaching in Serbia Montenegro, Jordon, USA, Taiwan, Kuwait, Korea, and of course the Philippines. We are doing our best and the results will come.
What do you see as the key aspects for the positive growth of BJJ in SEA?
There are many good fighters in different Martial arts in Asia. I think the development and support of competitions will help grow the sport. People like my student Stephen Kamphuis are pioneers of the sport and by organising International BJJ zevents in such a beautiful venue is an important showcase for the sport.
For a number of clubs/gyms there may not be a black-belt level instructor but a group of white and blue-belts. How might these students progress at a competitive level?
With time, continuous training and joining competitions they can be good fighters.
What are your plans for Team Fabricio and yourself?
See my Team grow , and work hard to develop BJJ around the World.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with the readers out there?
I am very happy to stay in the Philippines helping my student and friend Stephen Kamphuis and very happy to see the development of BJJ in the Philippines. I am sure the work will give us a lot of happiness in the future.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about BJJ and my Team.