I’ll only stop competing in 30 years; I want to be a role model for my students”

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Carlos "Esquisito" in the middle, between teammates at brand new Amazon Checkmat academy / Photo: Arthur Castro/publicity

A black belt who has scored titles in all the main Jiu-Jitsu championships, Carlos “Esquisito” Holanda Vieira is now training hard for the next World Championship, coming up in June. Esquisito also may put in an appearance at the Brazilian Nationals, in March. All for the pleasure of motivating his young students back in Manaus.

“I think I’ll only stop competing 30 years from now. Stopping fighting doesn’t cross my mind, as I want my students to see me competing, and I want to be a role model for them. Jiu-Jitsu changed my life, and I know that it will change the lives of a lot of people in my hands,” said the light featherweight, who in late March inaugurated his academy, Amazon CheckMat, in the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas.

Now who’s your greatest role model in Jiu-Jitsu, gentle reader? Comment and pay tribute to him, or her.

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