Having an older sibling can give you an example to learn from and footsteps to follow. For Victor Estima, his older brother Braulio led him into the gentle art of Jiu-Jitsu but over a decade later he has forged his own path.
Victor earned his black belt in 2006 under his long-time instructor Ze Radiola after extensive training in both Brazil and the UK. As a juvenile he entered his first tournaments and earned the first of many golds. He continued to test himself in competition and by the time he was a purple belt he had international recognition.
Teaching became a new way for him to advance his skills as his brother offered him the opportunity in England. Between the amount of time he spent on the mats, his understanding of the techniques and his success in the open weight divisions at major tournaments, he only spent two years from purple belt to black belt.
In 2011 Victor earned his first black belt world title at the No-Gi World Championship. All of his matches were decided by footlock submissions. Months later he found success at the 2012 European Championship in Portugal as he won the black belt middleweight division.
Throughout his Jiu-Jitsu career Victor has aided his brother for top competitions but in turn has developed his own skills. The wins and opportunities he has today shows that he has made his own name, relative to but not dependent on his brother’s.
See how Victor takes to the mat at the 2013 BJJ Pro League in the light/middle division on Dec. 8. Watch this match below to see how Victor submits at the Abu Dhabi World Pro:
Learn more about the 2013 BJJ Pro League on Dec. 8 at the Long Beach Walter Pyramid at www.bjjproleague.com