Jean Pierre Success Story
Jean Pierre Success Story
Jean Pierre is a Jiu-Jitsu fighter.
A brief introduction for you?
My name is Jean Pierre, I’m 25 years old, I’m from Aracaju, Brazil. A purple belt and middleweight Jiu-Jitsu fighter.
How did you develop a taste for the sport and at what age did you start?
Since I was little I was involved in sports, at school, and the gym. I enjoyed watching the UFC. I started karate at age 9 and practiced until age 15, I am a brown belt in karate. After a while away from the fighting, I migrated to Jiu-Jitsu when I was 18 years old.
What is your style and what position are you currently in?
I’m a “guardeiro”, but I also love passing guard. Today we have to be good at both.
Do you have a favorite Sensei?
My teachers are Wagner Oliveira and Wancler Oliveira
How did you reach this position and how was your trajectory in this sport?
It was all very amazing, but it wasn’t easy. I like challenges that make me evolve as a person. I had to drop out of school a few times, to be able to dedicate myself more in some moments to Jiu-Jitsu. I always try to maintain my routine of two pieces of training a day, one Jiu-Jitsu and the other Crossfit, on Saturday it’s just Jiu-Jitsu training and on Sunday it’s rest. I collect several amazing experiences where only the sport has provided me, I think it’s cool the number of places and people that Jiu-Jitsu allowed me to meet.
Do you consider sport a profession or just a hobby?
A profession for sure, at least for me.
What challenges did you face to get where you are now? You can also share any injury story.
Living far from my family is my biggest challenge. Then comes the financial issue. Then the injuries. I faced some injuries in these 7 years of Jiu-Jitsu, but there comes a time when this is no longer a challenge, we always get used to the pain. The challenge is not being able to train.
What motivates you most in your profession as an athlete?
Being a reference for people in my city, showing young people that it is possible to have a good life through sport. Achieve a better living conditions.
Do you have something you want everyone to learn?
Respect and humility. I think there’s a lot to do these days.
Which tournament or game are you most proud of and why?
2019 World Championships in Long Beach CA. Even losing in my fourth fight, I was sure it was what I wanted for my life, the motivation always comes from my defeats, and this championship was very important to me. Another championship that marked a lot for me was the UAE Regional here in my state in 2018, where I woke up with a high fever and almost called my teacher to say I wouldn’t fight that day. When I got to the competition I improved and gained weight and open weight, that day was cool for me.
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