The brazilian athlete, Vinicius Lino, who trains in San Diego, Califórnia is one of the most consistent athletes of the Alliance professional team.
He competed at multiple IBJJF events throughout the year, got the gold at Kansas City and San Diego Open, and also got silver at the American Nationals.
For 2023, Vinicius will make some changes and intends to compete more at grappling tournaments throughout the season. Thanks to the good cash prize and opportunity to show his skills, Lino will also use the next competitions as a training for the next ADCC edition.
“My biggest plan for this season is to achieve the Grand Slam No-Gi as a black belt. I wanna focus on grappling tournaments, things are gonna be very different on this season. All my planning is to reach my best version for the 2024 ADCC. The sport has been changing and I wanna be a part of this new step of grappling”, said Vinicius, who trains since he was 13 years old.
Vinicius took the opportunity to talk about the appreciation of Jiu-Jitsu in San Diego, California, in comparation to Brazil.
“I believe that the biggest difference is the respect and appreciation of the athlete and professor. Here, you earn more money with Jiu-Jitsu and your work is more valued, in addition to the opportunity for the media and sponsors to be bigger as well”, explains Vinicius, a black belt since 2018.
Vinicius plans to compete in February and March at the main Jiu-Jitsu competitions around the world.