Tiago Braga Success Story
Tiago Braga is an athlete.
A short introduction to yourself?
My name is Tiago Braga, I’m 30 years old and I’m a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt. I currently live in Francisco beltrão, Parana, southern Brazil.
How did you develop your fondness for your sport and at what age did you start learning?
Since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed fighting and watching movies related to that. I practised other fighting styles when I was younger, but it was only at the age of 19 that I started training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in?
In Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, I like to fight from below, especially using the loop guard. This year, as a brown belt, I placed first in my weight and age division in two federations (FPJJB and FJJPR) in my state. Nationally, by the CBJJE federation, I’m second in the No-Gi ranking and third in the No-Gi ranking.
What do you like about Kata or Kumite more?
Do you have a favourite Sensei?
My favorite sensei is Alvaro Alexandre Francescon.
How did you get into this position and how did you do your journey in this sport go?
I believe that no one gets to the top all of a sudden, in addition to time, people must bring you some support. To get to where I am, I’ve always had the help of God, my family, my teacher, my girlfriend, and the team where I train, Gracie Barra Francisco Beltrão. For this, I am very grateful to everyone who helped me in any way on my journey.
Do you take sports as a profession or is it just a hobby?
What challenges have you faced in getting to where you are now? You can also share any injury story.
I think injuries are already part of the life of those who play sports and compete. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been injured over the years. But I believe that in addition to injuries, the main challenge in my career was the uncertainty that I would be successful in the sport. Over the years, I have failed in many competitions, in addition to having difficulties in supporting myself financially with the sport. However, at brown belt, I managed to become world champion with CBJJE in my weight and age division, in addition to being financially profitable by teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
What motivates you most about your profession as an athlete?
My motivation is to be giving my best in training daily. Trying to train with the best quality every day, so that I can maintain my level and give my best in competitions.
Do you have anything you want everyone to learn?
I think if I could pick something for everyone to learn, it would be a martial art, especially Jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu changed my life, and I believe it is a tool that can change many people’s lives.
What tournament or match you have won are you most proud of and why?
A competition that was imprinted in my memory was the CBJJE Sports Jiu-Jitsu World Championship. In this competition, after being champion, I had the privilege that few will have in their lives, the privilege of receiving my master Alvaro Alexandre Francescon’s black belt on the podium.
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