Tatiana Curzi Success Story
Tatiana Curzi Success Story
Tatiana Curzi an athlete.
A brief introduction to yourself?
My name is Tatiana Curzi, I’m a 37 years old Brazilian living in the UK. I was born with a fight in my blood, my father is Capoeira Master.
How did you develop your fondness for Jiu-Jitsu?
I grew up watching my father’s classes and every weekend we used to watch UFC. I don’t remember my life without knowing about a fight. My oldest brother (also Capoeira professor) opened a fighting school with 2 friends, one of them was Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and today he is not only my professor but my husband too.
What drew you to Jiu-Jitsu out of all other sports?
The many skills we improve, not only to be a better athlete but to have a better life. Jiu-Jitsu is a lifestyle that helps you to live healthier, helps with confidence, self-stim, fitness, relationships. It’s a lifestyle that I seek for my life.
At what age did you start learning Jiu-Jitsu?
30, when I was looking to improve my health (I was in a little 30 years).
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in Jiu-Jitsu?
I’m always looking to be a great guard player and I prefer Gi.
What was the highest prize you won?
I never won any import prize, just competed in small and local championships.
What do you like more Kata or Kumite?
I like to train to do as many technique repetitions as I can.
Do you have a favorite Sensei?
My husband (@danielboi), is the most strong and resilient person I ever know.
How did you get to this position and how was your journey being in this sport?
Jiu-Jitsu saved my life during this pandemic time. I had another job in Brazil, an office job. My husband and I decided to try life in a different place and I dove at jiu-jitsu to become my profession.
Do you take Jiu-Jitsu as your profession or is it just a hobby?
Now Jiu-Jitsu became my work. I’m a coach at @gracieswindon.
Who’s been an inspiration for you throughout your sports journey?
I always look forward to being like Nathiely de Jesus. The guard that she plays it’s what I dream of.
What challenges did you come across on getting where you are at today?
You can share any injury story as well. When I was a white belt, I fought 2 weekends in a row. I won both of the championships and in the second, I was surprised with my blue belt at the highest place at the podium. But I hurt my lower back in the fight, that injury cost me almost a year without training properly.
What motivates you the most about your profession as an athlete?
The way we felt after training hard, we fell alive. The way we make friends “beating” on each other, it’s just the best way to make friends ever.
What are your strengths as both an athlete and as a person?
I’m a positive person, I like to see everything from the colorful side. I’m persistent, I love to learn and I can’t imagine life without helping the people who need it.
Do you have something you want everyone to learn?
A bad day, a bad week, a bad month doesn’t mean a bad life.