Mica Galvao, a 17-year old BJJ phenomenon, will compete in the No Gi Grand Prix at Who’s Number One on September 24. This is yet another challenge at the beginning of his journey as a Jiu-Jitsu black belt; an event that will feature other elite athletes, such as Craig Jones, Tye Ruotolo, Roberto Jimenez, William Tackett, Dante Leon, and Jon Blank.
In a conversation with Mario Filho on his Canal do Marinho Youtube channel, Mica discussed his possible match-up against Jones. He emphasized his focus on developing his own approach, and not focusing much on Jones’s (or any other athletes’) game.
What we don’t focus on is my opponent’s game, I won’t focus on what he wants to do. I will focus on what I want to do. We always study an opponent to avoid playing his game, but I also study how to apply my game to him. If I get into that position of his [referencing Jones’s Leg Lock positioning], the guy is an expert, I’ll already be in a bad position. We train not to enter.
Mica also commented on the unexpected challenges of being a black belt at the age of 17. For example, due to the fact that he still isn’t 18 years old, he isn’t allowed to participate in the IBJJF tournaments; such as the World Championships that take place at the end of the year.
Watch the entire interview here. (It’s in Portuguese).