Interview with Moisés Santoro before ADWPJJC13

13.11.2021 by

Hello Moisés, can you please introduce yourself to our readers? 

I’m Moises dos Santos Santoro, from Breda JJ team, Rio de Janeiro. I am a para-athlete, visually impaired, and I fight in both categories.

Is it your first time participating in Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championship?

This is not my first time participating in Abu Dhabi World Pro. In Para Jiu Jitsu I was champion of the free pass that gave me passage, accommodation and transfer to fight in the World Pro Abu Dhabi in 2018.

I am bi champion of the world festival Para Jiu Jitsu Abu Dhabi
Two-time Grand Slam RJ Champion
Grand Slam Champion London, Los Angeles.

In Jiu Jitsu:
I was runner-up World Masters Abu Dhabi
Two-time Grand Slam RJ Champion
Grand Slam Los Angeles Champion
Grand Slam London runner-up.
In the 2018 / 2019 season, I was the leader of the global ranking in Jiu Jitsu and Para Jiu Jitsu.

How did the sport of Jiu Jitsu impact you on a personal level? Why do you recommend youth to practice the sport?

Jiu Jitsu took me out of depression, and today I am a new person. I’ve always been an athlete, but I couldn’t find myself in any sport since my retina degeneration at 18 years old. I started again at 33 years old, and today I lead all the rankings I participate.

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 for me is the capital of Jiu Jitsu. I always do everything to fight this championship, even if I don’t have the resources. I’m training like never before, I’m living my best moment physically and technically. This year I’ll fight adult and master, but it’s a shame there isn’t Para Jiu Jitsu this year, many para-athletes wanted to fight.

Who influenced you the most in developing your BJJ game?

My inspiration in Jiu Jitsu comes from the para-athlete Darlison Martins.

Would you like to give any advice to our readers that would help them either on the mat or in their lives?

Sport saves lives, my advice to young people is to practice sport and stay away from drugs.