Max Weslei Success Story
Max Weslei is an athlete.
A short introduction to yourself?
Max Weslei, I am 24 years old and currently live in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais.
Training at the Gracie barra Barreiro academy of master HERLON CHACAL and managed by master Luan Sousa and Ivaline. I’m a brown belt, founder of the New Age school jj professional competitor Gracie Barra.
How did you develop your fondness for your sport and at what age did you start?
I developed my taste for the sport in 2013 when I was 15 to 16 years old, I have always had an aptitude for the sport. I come from a family where the sport, mainly the football modality, is very strong in the roots of this family tree. At school and playing I always had an ease and I like sports even though I am above my ideal weight.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in (your sport)?
Today I am a Brown Belt, and despite having a taste for passing guard, I come from a school that is naturally guarding, due to master Cassio Francis who has a very strong GUARD style today, being one of his most characteristic strengths becoming one of their specialties.
Are you a member of any sports team? if not have you ever been?
I had and will always have only one team, which is the cassão team, which is a branch of the GRACIE BARRA team. Because the founder of the Cassão team moved to the United States, the Cassão team was closed and became Gracie barra Barreiro, but we are all Gracie barra.
Describe your major highlights and achievements in sports in the past.
I have memorable results like
– Third in the adcc tryouts
– 2x Brazilian cbjj champion
– second in the Absolute
– 3x South America ibjjf champion
– Second in the absolute
– South American weight and absolute acbjj
– Grand slan uaejjf
– Brazilian nogi weight and absolute champion
– Multi open GI and nogi champion at weight and absolute.
– Number one rankings in the white belt and blue belt ibjjf | cbjj gi | nogi
– Among the top 10 in the world GI and nogi purple belt.
Are there any short-term goals you’d like to accomplish in the next few months to a couple of years?
Yes of course: anti-hand. I have ambitions within the sport a little different as an athlete. I’m focused a lot on becoming iBJJF world champion, a feat that I haven’t been able to accomplish yet because this event is in the United States and my visa was denied, and there was the pandemic.
As a person it makes me a better person and every day, I live a constant search for evolution. Within my projects as an institute (o’faixa preta) and the school (New age jj academy) which are my two projects that I founded the school where my first teacher is master Marcelo Lourenzo and the institute, I want to do my best to transform lives like this how jiujitsu transformed and transforms my every day.
Do you take sports as a profession or is it just a hobby?
So today I don’t consider myself a professional athlete because I have other ambitions and I can’t live financially just for the sport. But today I consider myself a professional competitor because even with all the stones in the way I always give my best and I’m always looking to do the best and evolve.
What challenges have you faced in getting to where you are now? You can also share any injury story.
So, several challenges could tell you several difficulties that became a challenge such as: Hunger, financial, and an extremely tormented psychological. But today I can tell you very clearly that the biggest challenge for me is to beat myself every day, overcome fatigue, overcome difficulties, overcome sadness, among other things. I believe that learning to give up is extremely difficult. The human mind takes the ease of creating barriers. So just waking up every day and beating ourselves for me was and still is my biggest victory.
With injuries I always had a very strong head, I was always full of injuries so I always put it in my head that I would never go away and nothing would take it out of my head, not even injuries.
What motivates you most about your profession as an athlete?
What motivates me the most today is knowing how much I can change the world around me and transform lives. A smile is worth much more to me than any world, to things that have value and others that have a price. And a smile has much more value than price to me.
Do you have anything you want everyone to learn?
I really like to write, besides a hobby a gift that God gave me, so I have a motto that is like this.
“KILL ME LAUGH, TELL ME ABOUT LOVE” because some things take time, others take time and what is taken from this life is the life we lead, and despite time not giving us time, we have all the time in the world, we have now! Because time passes and what comes back is just the desire to go back in time.
I hope to one day convey this message to the whole world.
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