teaching no gi
Estima is a man that requires no introduction on the UK BJJ scene; having wiped
out the opposition in the recent ADCC Scandinavian Qualifiers in January this
year, Braulio is back in the UK teaching in Birmingham and touring the UK for
master classes and seminars. I had the pleasure of hosting my first seminar with
Braulio at the new Barra Manchester HQ in Bolton and after the dust had settled,
I managed to grab a few words with the main manÉÉ
Fisher: Your first time at GB Manchester Braulio, what are your thoughts on the
club and the day?
Estima : Very impressive how soon the seminar filled up and the club is in a very
good location with plenty of mat space to train on and the guys were very nice
as well. The seminar went well, I showed some nice takedowns which could be used
for both the whites and the blues and I showed sequenced moves so people did not
become confused. I did the same in the no gi part of the class and showed a sweep
from the guard and a nice defence from the sweep where you take the back and of
course we all sparred.
Fisher: It was also nice to see Rick
Young support the event.
Braulio Estima : Oh yes, Rick is a very good friend of mine and itÕs always nice
to see him and train with him and I am off on Tuesday to do a seminar for Rick
Fisher: YouÕre very busy this year travelling the UK doing master classes and
seminars; what do you think of the standard in the UK, another year down the line?
Braulio Estima : I go to Bradford, London, Dudley, Coventry and many other places
and the jiu jitsu is growing a lot. If you look back three years ago, there were
not many blue belts but now we have many and I am looking forward to the SENI
championships where there will be great competition and itÕs very important for
Fisher: You had a great trip out to Sweden earlier this year and won the ADCC
Qualifiers in fine style; what are your thoughts on the event?
Estima : Now I have an idea how much I need to train and what I need to train
and I was very happy with my first event without the gi and my focus is now the
Mundials and then IÕm looking forward to competing in Finland next year for the
next part of the ADCC trials.
Fisher: Braulio, thatÕs all IÕve time for, we have to leave the building; thanks
for the quick interview and thanks for a great seminar.
Estima : Thank you Carl, it was a pleasure for me to teach and I wish you the
best of luck for the clubÕs future.