A competition standout ever since he was a purple belt, Paulo Miyao, 21, was recently promoted to brown belt, and already met with success last weekend at the Abu Dhabi WPJJC tryouts in Natal, Brazil.
The last opponent standing between him and the all-expenses-paid trip to Abu Dhabi for winning the under-65 kg division was Nova União black belt Lucas Dantas.
After dispatching Dantas, the beast from Andirá, Paraná State, had a brief chat with GRACIEMAG.com about the conquest and his expectations for the April 2013 competition in Abu Dhabi. Check out what Miyao had to say and watch two of his matches from the weekend event in the following videos shot by Junior Samurai.
GRACIEMAG: How do you feel, now you’ve won the tourney in Natal?
PAULO MIYAO: It was really cool to have won this event, but now I want to train a lot so I’ll be in good shape for the upcoming tryouts and the main competition in Abu Dhabi. I tried to impose my game from start to finish. I didn’t make too many mistakes, but I will correct the ones I did so I’ll be better at the next competitions.
What was the final with Lucas like, and what do you expect now?
It was a tough fight. He’s really strong, but thank God I managed to beat him. I’m going to compete at all the tournaments I can until the end of the year.