Five-time world Jiu-Jitsu champ Bruno Malfacine carved his name atop the roosterweight division in the sport. Known as the “Bad Boy” but always good-humored, the Alliance black belt has been away from competitions since the last World Championship in June. But he doesn’t see himself out of shape for the Pan 2013.
“I’m feeling good and ready for battle,” Malfacine said in conversation with GracieMag.com. ”Last year I had to stay away a few months due to surgery on my shoulder right after the World Championship. I am very motivated to come back after so long. After all, this is what I love to do the most. I am happy and grateful.
“This last week it’s time to adjust the last details and hit the weights. Just like last year, I prepared at my gym in Orlando, Florida. I have dedicated myself to my students and they reciprocate with quality training, always helping me a lot. I am relying on the help of my coach Hank Porcher, who put me in shape last year and we are continuing to work to get to the World Championship with a good rhythm. I’m sure I’ll get there well with the help of all these people I have on my side.”
We asked for some tips for the practitioner who dreams of being a six-time world champion black belt one day. Bruno thinks, but can’t find any secrets about it.
“I think I’m dedicated, I try to train as much as I can and give my best every day,” he said. “I always say that the competition begins many months before. I live in a daily fight with myself until the big day. It’s like every day I suffered in training (with diet or even with sleepless nights due to body aches) to take me closer to my goal, the gold. Believe me, there isn’t a better feeling than that … Another thing is to acknowledge its faults. I have several flaws, one of them technical. Maybe I cannot solve this failure, but I will die trying.”
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