Back in the competitive circuit, Bruno Oliveira was able to secure two bronze medals at the Las Vegas Open, with and without gi, last weekend in Nevada.
Later in an interview, Bruno, who additionally competed in the Master Worlds, related the lessons he learned from fighting as an adult and a master in the same week in one of the most competitive tournaments of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF).
“I learned that there is no age in Jiu-Jitsu,” said Bruno, a 34-year-old athlete. “You are capable of anything; you just need an armored mind and an inner focus. I was happy with my performance but had silly mistakes that are already being fixed. I made mistakes when pulling and it cost me the victory fighting in the gi and no-gi. I arrived in two semifinals; this proves that my work is on the right track.”
A black belt for 10 years, Bruno now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Next, the teacher talked about the growth of sport in Sheikh Tahnoon’s land.
“The sport as a whole is still under development,” said Bruno, who is responsible for teaching Jiu-Jitsu to the local army. “But here we already have a lot of local athletes standing out in the colored belt and black belt divisions. It is another level, the appreciation the sport has here, and this is very good and stimulating for us, athletes and teachers, professionals, to have this great achievement of the appreciation of the sport here, in the United Arab Emirates.”
Bruno will be fighting again at the Asian Open in Japan in September. The tournament is organized by the IBJJF.