What’s the key to becoming a great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach?
That’s the question we’ve asked world-class coach Vinicius „Draculino“ Magalhães a while back.
And, well, Draculino had a simple answer:
There’s no secret or a magic tool to turning your school into a strong one and having a lot of champions within it.
He shared a brief background about his coaching career:
A little less than a year after I got my black belt, I left to Belo Horizonte to open the first Gracie Barra school outside of Rio.
And I was blessed enough to be successful even before going to Belo Horizonte, for I was teaching as a brown belt in a small club in Rio de Janeiro and having already coached some kids that were successful in competition.
And I think that I owe being such a successful coach to having learned the complete system of Jiu-Jitsu from Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and from his students who later became teachers as well, like Jean-Jacques Machado.
And one of the things that make the difference is the training regimen – more specifically, utilizing specific training:
The training regimen in my school in Belo Horizonte is always based on the curriculum of Gracie Barra.
I learned Jiu-Jitsu from Gracie Barra and we have a Gracie Barra school, so it is only natural that the Gracie Barra curriculum is very strong.
We are really big on specific training as well, that makes you particularly good in specific situations.
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