Success story of Mario Edson
Mario Edson is an Athlete from Canarana-MT Brazil.
A short introduction to yourself?
My name is Mario Edson, known as “Cowboy“, teacher and professional Jiu-Jitsu athlete. Currently, I also practice cycling and in the past I practiced many other sports and activities, such as riding on oxen, paintball and wrestling. Today, with more than 30 years in the field of Jiu-Jitsu, I have been trying for a few years to spread this modality to people with disabilities. And now, I seek the same for cycling as well.
How did you develop your fondness for your sport and at what age did you start learning?
I started when I was 11 and my first professional sport was rodeo, which I started out of necessity, when my father left me alone in the city of Porto Velho, in Rondônia, and then I started riding oxen and participating in rodeos at the age of 11. And then I got to know some martial arts and modalities like boxing, karate, taewkondo, capoeira and then I got to know Jiu-Jitsu in 1992, which was the sport I chose as the main sport in my life, and today I’ve been practicing for 30 years Jiu Jitsu.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold?
My main sport is Jiu-Jitsu, in which I am a teacher and professional athlete, being also a founding member of the Cowboy Jiu-Jitsu Team and Vice President of the Brazilian Federation of Paradesportivo Jiu-Jitsu (FBJJP). I was 9 times World Champion, 3 times Brazilian Champion and 2 times Pan-American Champion. In addition, I have more than 90 state titles and more than 20 international titles.
Are you a member of any sports team? if not have you ever been?
I am a founding member of the Cowboy Jiu-Jitsu Team and Vice President of the Brazilian Federation of Paradesportivo Jiu-Jitsu (FBJJP). Also, I am part of several other federations such as AJP, CBJJ, IBJJF, and many others.
Do you have a favourite sports teacher?
Professor Paulo Cesar Venancio, de Rondonópolis-MT e Master Paulo Mauricio Strauch, do Rio de Janeiro.
Describe your major highlights and achievements in sports in the past.
My main achievements are the titles I’ve won. Even in 2004, having had an accident and lost my leg, I kept winning these titles.
Do you take sports as a profession or is it just a hobby?
Sport for me is a profession and a hobby.
What challenges have you faced in getting to where you are now? You can also share any injury story.
There were many difficulties and challenges. When I started in rodeos, when I was 11, it was out of necessity, to get what to eat and wear, and then I got to know Jiu-Jitsu and started competing and a few years later I had a motorcycle accident, in 2004, and lost my leg and exactly 4 months later I competed again and was State Champion in 3 categories. And so I’ve always surpassed myself, more and more, always looking for the best of myself despite any situation.
What motivates you most about your profession?
What motivates me the most is inspiring people, especially those who go through difficulties and challenges like I did.
Do you think everybody should practise sports or do you want everyone to learn?
I consider it important that people seek to play sports, whatever it is. My 16-year-old daughter has been practicing Jiu-Jitsu since she was 6 years old and is currently a blue belt in the modality and my wife practices cycling, so yes I consider it important to practice sports, regardless of the sport.
What tournament or match you have won are you most proud of and why?
My first title as a World Champion, but all my titles bring me a lot of pride and joy, especially knowing that many of them I won fighting people who didn’t have any disabilities.
Are there any short-term goals you’d like to accomplish in the next few months to a couple of years?
My main goals for this year are to participate in the World Game, in July, in the United States, and in November, in the Worlds in Abu Dhabi.
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