Hello Júlia, can you please introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Júlia Alves, I’m 20 years old, and I’m a brown belt athlete at Gfteam. I train with master Júlio César, in Méier, Rio de Janeiro Brazil. I started Jiu Jitsu when I was 13 years old, in a social project.
Is it your first time participating in Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championship
The first time I participated was in 2019. I went to fight with only 20 dollars in my pocket and became a champion. I borrowed some money to be able to fight at this championship, and becoming champion was a wonderful feeling!
How is your training going leading up to the ADWPJJC?
I trained a lot in Rio (physical training, position preparation, and Judo) before coming to Qatar. I participated in many championships there, and now I’m adjusting to get even better for the World Pro. I train 2 to 3 times a day, Monday through Saturday.
How did the sport of Jiu Jitsu impact you on a personal level? Why do you recommend youth to practice the sport?
Jiu Jitsu brought me security and confidence. Today I can talk, socialize and teach other people – I’m sure of what I’m doing. This is what Jiu Jitsu gave me, and that’s why I recommend it to everyone!
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?
I think the structure they offer is amazing. It makes us more professional and feel valued as athletes.
Who influenced you the most in developing your BJJ game?
There is no specific person. I have an aggressive and explosive game. I like to loop and pass guard. My teammates from GFTEAM helped me to further develop my game.
Would you like to give any advice to our readers that would help them either on the mat or in their lives?
Do not give up on your dreams, as only those who take the risk win/conquer. Thanks to Jiu Jitsu I can travel to other countries, get to know other cultures and people, but if I had given up, I would never have this and other opportunities. Work hard, your time will come!
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