Francisco Guevara Success Story
He is an athlete.
A short introduction to yourself?
My name is Francisco Guevara but I usually go by Paco. I was born in El Paso, Texas but grew up in Mexico until the age of 6. I then moved to San Antonio, Texas where I live and train today.
How did you develop your fondness for your sport and at what age did you start?
I got into jiu jitsu when one summer my family and I visited Mexico, while we were there, I was introduced to jiu jitsu through one of my dad’s friends that owns an academy there. I tried one class and immediately grew interested in the sport, this all happened at the age of 15.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in (your sport)?
I was recently promoted to purple belt. In my style of jiu jitsu I usually like to chase the back from bottom and look for the finish. I’ve also recently grown to enjoy passing the guard as well as it also leads to back takes and submissions.
Are you a member of any sports team? if not have you ever been?
I currently represent Rodrigo Pinheiro Brazilian jiu jitsu out of San Antonio, Texas.
Describe your major highlights and achievements in sports in the past.
In the past year I was able to win The AJP North American continental Pro championship and medal at No-gi worlds as well as American Nationals.
Are there any short-term goals you’d like to accomplish in the next few months to a couple of years?
I plan to compete and win as much as possible this year as a new purple belt and keep growing my experience in the competition scene.
Do you take sports as a profession or is it just a hobby?
I take jiu jitsu more as a profession since I know one day this Is what I want to live from by owning an academy and spreading the art to others.
What challenges have you faced in getting to where you are now? You can also share any injury story.
I’ve been fortunate enough to not face any serious challenges outside the mats, however being able to be comfortable and have a strong mindset in the competitions is something I used to struggle a lot with when I first started and something I’m still working to perfect to this day, but I feel I have definitely made improvement in this area of my game and plan to continue this in order to go far In the sport.
What motivates you most about your profession as an athlete?
Being able to be the best I possibly can and seeing the results of my work pay off is something that motivates me, as well as in the future, being able to help others reach their goals in the sport.
Do you have anything you want everyone to learn?
To find what you love and become the best you can at it and enjoy the process and the time it takes to get to where you want to be. Even if it gets tough, you must remember that you chose to do what you do because it’s something you love.
What tournament or match you have won are you most proud of and why?
Winning the AJP continental pro was a tournament I was proud to win as it was my first win outside the country and I enjoyed the win along with my friends who also competed that day and it was a very fun and rewarding experience.
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