Pedro Rocha started his competition season at IBJJF with two gold medals. First, he got the gold medal at Austin Open in the heavyweight and open class, after closing out with his brother João Gabriel. One week later, he got the gold again at Oklahoma City Open.
A black belt since 2019, Pedro wants to gain experience in smaller tournaments in order to shine at bigger tournaments like No- Gi Worlds, No-Gi Pans and ADCC trials.
Pedro analyzes his performance, talks about where he needs to get better at in order to get to the highest level on his way of fighting.
” I did a great job, but I’m too far from my 100%. I’ve been training super hard for a long time, I didn’t take a break during Christmas and New Year. I want to keep myself more active, empower my strong weapons and make no mistakes. I want to get the gold at ADCC trials. I wake up and I live with this dream ”
Pedro, who has been training wrestling since he was young, believes that his dedication to this sport sets him apart from other athletes.
“I’ve been training grappling since I was very young, wrestling is a very strong weapon in grappling. My training has always been very demanding, hard and complicated, that’s why it makes a difference in the elite. I help MMA athletes like José Aldo, for example, in some of his fights. This experience adds a lot for me to stand out!”, comments Pedro.
João Gabriel’s younger brother, Pedro told us about the experience of fighting and winning alongside him. João and Pedro closed out the absolute at the Austin Open a few weeks ago.
“It was really cool, it’s always been good to fight alongside my brother, we’ve been doing that since we were kids. It’s even better to win together. He’ll be back 100% this year”, he says.