The best thing is having 8 teachers. They are always training me in hard positions. I'm not a striker but now I can. They teach me punches, kicks, knees and cardio. There are professional fighters in my club and I owe a lot to Chute Boxe. I like their professionality.
What do you see that Chute Boxe has to offer to make your game better than before?
When I was 11 or 12 years old, there was a girl that liked me at the beach. I'm small and strong so she called me "monkey". So, my friends started calling me monkey. When I fought jiu-jitsu, I rolled and jumped a lot and after entering vale tudo, everyone called me monkey. Now I'm "The Monkey."
Do you have any main training partners at Chute Boxe?
In the beginning, I was in my gym. I thought I knew what vale tudo was but after I joined Chute Boxe, it was a new experience for me. I didn't think there was anything else but now, they teach me many new things. Their preparation of their fighters is their secret. They have many guys with a lot of potential. We train in the morning, after lunch, after sleeping and you wake up and train again. My life is training.
I saw Renzo and Ralph Gracie fighting in vale tudo and that was when I became interested. I saw that and said that I wanted to fight that way. Then I saw Royce Gracie fighting big guys. I was watching that on TV with my friends and I said, "I want to fight this." They said "Shut up, man" but now, here I am. I look at guys like Wanderlei Silva and see their good punches, they are very strong and they train all day. My idol now is Wanderlei.
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