What happens if you’re just no good at the thing you love? Felipe Costa loved jiu-jitsu, but his terrible results in competition would leave him demoralised and depressed. Instead of walking away he refused to quit, went back to the drawing board and became a black belt world champion.
In this video, Felipe – a member of the Brasa team and a roosterweight competitor (58kg) – talks about the obstacles he had to overcome and the methods he used to rise to the top. He describes the sports psychology tricks he applied to win tournaments, which he developed himself through trial and error.
He also explains how he approaches his training as a smaller jiu-jitsu player. Jiu-jitsu is often sold as the answer to smaller guys’ problems, but the first few months (and sometimes, years) of a smaller player’s time on the mat is spent getting crushed by every bigger guy in the academy. Felipe talks about the pros and cons of training with bigger guys, and we get to see some rolling footage from his ‘light guys only’ training sessions, get-togethers exclusively reserved for jiu-jitsu players under 73kg.
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