Draculino:”You can’t make mistakes in the Masters & Seniors division”

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Draculino runs the camp at Gracie Barra America

Draculino runs the camp at Gracie Barra America.

Monday through Friday this week, from 10:30AM to 12:30PM, nearly 70 Gracie Barra students gather at the team’s headquarters, in Irvine.

There, they meet for their team’s training camp for the first ever Worlds Master & Senior, with four-degree black belt Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães at the helm.

The leader of Gracie Barra Texas traveled to California specially for this one.

“The turnout was great, and the guys’ skill are evolving on a daily basis. It’s amazing”, says Draculino in celebration.

The professor gave a hard time to his Jiu-Jitsu students

The professor gave a hard time to his students

GRACIEMAG.com paid a visit to the camp last Tuesday, when Draculino dedicated the morning to teaching guard passes.

After showing three movements, the professor supervises his students, giving pointers whenever he sees something wrong.

To one of them, he gives more of a philosophical lesson, but also a very practical one: “In the master & senior divisions, you can’t afford to make a mistake. You have to get ahead on the scoreboard. There isn’t much time to comeback. So, when you get to a position, make sure you get the points before going for the submission,” lectures Draculino, after seeing a student going for the armbar before stabilizing a mount.

It’s two hours of intense training, and those who are competing train harder.

Draculino salutes each one of his students

Draculino salutes each one of his students

“You have to get ready here! They are getting in shape physically and technically. At the end of the last day, I am going to give them a nice speech so they get in the right mindset to compete”.

Other teams are also holding camps, and GRACIEMAG.com will pay them a visit.

If you’re going to compete, don’t forget to show up early, as the IBJJF warns of traffic issues due to the LB Marathon on the morning of the event. Find out more here and here.

Keep up with all the action here and at GRACIEMAG’S Facebook, Instagram (@graciemagazine) and Twitter pages.

IBJJF just released the event’s schedule.


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There are 18 comments for this article
  1. Ribeiro Filho at 2:11 am

    Draculino is a great instructor…Gracie Barra will come strong. Honor to battle against them. Saulo Ribeiro Filho.

  2. Gracie Barra Corona at 8:14 pm

    I have hoped to meet Prof Vinicius Draculino Magalhaes for several years now and I am so grateful Prof Tom Reusing convinced me to go to Irvine this past week (Tom knows my heart is on that mat but it can be hard to get there sometimes and that this opporunity to work with the legend would hook me).
    It was an honor to practice under his watch, to witness his teaching precision, intuition and confidence with "all things" jiu-jitsu. No doubt he is at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to leadership and growth in BJJ, an all around winning style, class/ authenticity and rare ability to manage enormous energy/diversity/ and variety.
    Texas – count your blessings! You are in such great hands. hr

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