Lucas Lacerda Success Story
Lucas Lacerda is an athlete.
A short introduction to yourself?
My name is Lucas Lacerda, I’m 24 years old, born in the city of Arcos, I’ve been a jiu-jitsu athlete for 12 years, today I make a living teaching classes at my Lucas Lacerda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy, located in the city of Arcos, countryside of Minas Gerais, Brazil, I graduated in Physical Education for two years and after graduating I have been trying to make a living with this sport that has always given me so much, focused on teaching and competing, I have been a black belt for a little over a year and I trying to stand out on this track where it all starts.
How did you develop your fondness for your sport and at what age did you start?
I started Jiu-jitsu very young, with 11 to 12 years of age, encouraged by a cousin of mine who had been standing out in competitions, I had not found myself in anything very young, I entered and liked it and with time I started to like it and dedicating myself more and more, until I became an athlete
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in (your sport)?
In Jiu-Jitsu at black belt, I’m still in my first year, it’s where everyone meets, where the sport really becomes professional, due to the pandemic I still haven’t been able to compete in many name competitions in the black belt but I hope now with things stabilizing, dedicating myself to the maximum to reach the big names that are already at the top.
Are you a member of any sports team? if not have you ever been?
I am a member of the Gracie Barra West Bay team, located in Doha, Qatar, today I am affiliated with them and I am a representative athlete here in Brazil.
Describe your major highlights and achievements in sports in the past.
In the colored belts, I was a medalist in some CBJJ Opens, the most famous federation in the sport, I was Argentina Open Champion in the purple belt, IBJJF European Vice Champion in the brown belt, I was CBJJE Pan American Vice Champion in the black belt, among more than 100 regional competitions during my career.
Are there any short-term goals you’d like to accomplish in the next few months to a couple of years?
Short-term goals at the moment, I’m in a phase of change. I’m trying to move to Australia to try life and leave the interior and Brazil, with a view to valuing the sport outside the country, consolidating myself and being able to make my name out of here.
Do you take sports as a profession or is it just a hobby?
Today I look at Jiu-Jitsu like everything else in my life. This sport changed my life, my character and my way of seeing things, I carry it as a profession and my source of income and I give my life for this sport that helped me so much.
What challenges have you faced in getting to where you are now? You can also share any injury story.
The challenges I faced the most were abdicating to be able to train, during college the lack of training hours to keep me at a high level and many injuries, today I have three back problems that have already disturbed me a lot, but today thank God it’s I have a story to tell.
What motivates you most about your profession as an athlete?
What motivates me most in my profession is to overcome myself every day and be able to help people with it, share knowledge and share this sport that has changed my life so much and can change the lives of many people.
Do you have anything you want everyone to learn?
Giving up is not part of it, it can be time consuming, but after planting the harvest always comes.
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