Kid Peligro Jiu-Jitsu News . . . Marcelo Garcia Interview-reprinted from ADCOMBAT
Marcelo Garcia ADCC 2003
We caught up with Garcia recently after he found time in his busy schedule that has only gotten busier with the remodeling of the academy:
KP- What have you been working on lately?
MG-I really have been focusing on my school, my students, because the school and website are related the better the first gets the better the website will be, I really don’t even think that I am being filmed, is just my normal regular class so it makes it more natural, and I am really happy with the results so far.
KP- What do you think is important for a BJJ practitioner to do?
MG- For me the most important lesson is to get used to taking risks, the more risks you take the more you are going to learn.
KP-Your online instructional site mginaction.com is highly regarded, what is your personal thought on it?
MG- I think that I can give access to good training and good instruction to those who live far, that will never be able to come train at my school, actually, lately I’ve been getting visiting students from very far places because they started using mginaction and then decided they wanted to come train with me , even if it’s just for a few days and that’s so cool.
KP- How is the academy doing?
MG- I couldn’t have asked for anything better, I have a great location, and an amazing group of students! And also it’s exciting because we get so many visitors that there’s always new people, different training and I believe that it will make me and my students always improve.
KP- In the last ADCC you came in second for the first time, afterwards you told me it was a relief as the pressure was off now. How do you feel about it now?
MG- I am not a strategist, I don’t train focused on an opponent, I don’t want to beat this guy or that guy, I just go there and fight, so I don’t really feel that pressure. That’s who I am , I might loose some fights because I take some risks, because I always fight to submit, but I won’t change. Some people tell me that I should change the way I train, that I should have a game plan against stallers, if I ever have to do that I would rather quit Jiu-Jitsu.
KP- Are you coming back and competing in ADCC this year and try to get “your title” back? And what about the Worlds BJJ?
MG- Yes I’ll be in ADCC. I think that the gi Worlds is the most prestigious jj tournament, so I always try to make the effort to compete at it. The few times I was out it was because I couldn’t compete. I am very happy with the results of the 2010 Worlds, it was a really tough division and I came out as the winner.
KP- What are your plans for 2011?
MG- As far as competition goes, I am focused on Worlds and ADCC, so it will be a busy year of training, but I ‘m really really focused on my students right now, I wanna see one of them win ADCC one day! But let’s leave this question for when it gets close to the tournaments! I am excited about the new rule changes on ADCC.
KP- Anything else you want to ad?
MG- I just want to thank all the people that helped me get where I am, to be able to get my school the way I always dreamed of and they all know who they are