Brock Lesnar’s coach and a Jiu-Jitsu teacher in Chicago Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros stopped by Rio de Janeiro, where he took the chance to conduct seminars and visit team Brasa branches. The fighter spoke with GRACIEMAG.com at the team’s Gávea branch, where Muzio De Angelis runs the show, and, furthermore, demonstrated one of the positions he’s taught Lesnar (see below).
Here’s what he had to say:
What do you think Cain Velasquez, Lesnar’s next opponent, will try?
I don’t think he’s going to try to get the takedown. He’s going to want to circle, hit and get out.
In Brock’s last fight, in the first round, he found himself in a jam against Shane Carwin. What are your thoughts on that?
I think it’s great. Nobody before then had survived strikes from Carwin and Brock did. Indeed, he came out well. Even in that predicament he didn’t lose consciousness and he knew how to defend from the bottom, which a lot of people said was his weak point. Before the second round began he was hopping, proof he was fine.
And when will you see action again?
I’m going to compete at the Chicago Open and take some friends. There was even another group that wanted to compete, but sign-ups ran out. I’m going in as an adult. Now I should have more time on my hands so next year I want to return to the Worlds. A guy who can withstand training with Brock has to have what it takes to do well at the Worlds.
Does Lesnar like training Jiu-Jitsu? Does he practice playing guard or wear a gi?
Lesnar likes learning a lot and practices everything he needs to. We don’t insist on what he doesn’t need to learn, we practice what he’ll need for each fight. He likes playing on the bottom and knows how to play guard. Now as for the gi, we don’t use it much.
Check out a position that can be performed with or without the gi, one of the moves the two-time absolute champion taught Lesnar in the past and now demonstrates for GRACIEMAG.com readers. And don’t forget to check out the photo gallery of the class at Gavea Gym: