Hello Horacio, can you please introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Horácio Antunes. I’m 29 years old, and I’m from Curitiba-PR, Brazil. I’m a former athlete of the Brazilian Judo Black Belt Team and BI Brazilian Champion of Jiu Jitsu.
Is it your first time participating in Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championship?
Yes, this is my first time. I’ve always wanted to fight the World Pro in Abu Dhabi. I see great fighters making their name in this even. It is a very high-level championship and I see it as an opportunity.
How is your training going leading up to the ADWPJJC?
Very strong and intense… mainly in the physical part. I’m training Jiu Jitsu and Judo as I’ve always done, and I’ve increased my physical training a lot, because I believe that it could be my advantage for this championship.
How did the sport of Jiu Jitsu impact you on a personal level? Why do you recommend youth to practice the sport?
I’ve always liked Jiu Jitsu since I was young enough to practice it. I see 3 year old children and older people on the same mat practicing, which is amazing for such a difficult sport as Jiu Jitsu. I recommend all parents to enroll their children in a Jiu Jitsu academy for them to enjoy and train, as Jiu Jitsu is not only a sport, but a discipline as well.
How do you see Abu Dhabi hosting global Jiu Jitsu championships and giving the chance for athletes to compete against the best in the world?
Abu Dhabi is an incredible city and many Jiujiteiros dream of visiting it one day. There is no better place for this mega event.
Who influenced you the most in developing your BJJ game?
My first Jiu Jitsu teacher here in Curitiba is one of the people that influenced me the most. He not only encouraged me in my Jiu Jitsu game, but he also encouraged me to start in competing. Nowadays, I owe a lot to my wife, Luciane Antunes. She is a high level BJJ black belt and always helps me with my Jiu Jitsu.
Would you like to give any advice to our readers that would help them either on the mat or in their lives?
My advice is to be faithful to your game, but never be blind to learn new things. The more techniques and fighting situations you have, the more knowledge you will add to your game. For those who compete, never give up on your dreams. A defeat cannot define your future in Jiu Jitsu. The champions are those who never give up!!!
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