At 30 years old, Vitor Corte is living the best phase of his life as a Jiu-Jitsu professional. The black belt uses the power of the martial art developed by the Gracie to impact the lives of residents of Hannibal – MO and Quincy – IL, in the United States, and the results are beginning to appear not only on the mat.
With the philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu For All, by Gracie Barra, the Brazilian teacher leads classes for different ages. In addition to techniques, Vitor points out that Jiu-Jitsu offers great benefits for the personal development of each practitioner.
“Today, Gracie Barra is able to impact millions of people around the world with Jiu-Jitsu. I am very proud to be part of this Jiu-Jitsu For All process and to see how important and valuable it is to society. The lessons that we teachers teach and learn on the mat are forever marked. We believe that if everyone did Jiu-Jitsu, the world would be a better place today”, contemplates Vitor.
Assiduous competitor, Vitor reflects on the differences between fighting and teaching the sport for beginners. See what he thinks, below. “When you’re an athlete it’s all about you and you. The athlete has the luxury of being selfish, you just train, eat well and sleep. No worries. It’s just training to be a champion. When you’re a teacher, you need to dedicate your time to your students, give yourself to the fullest. It’s very gratifying to see these people developing, gaining confidence and self-esteem, growing and changing their lives through Jiu-Jitsu For All. I am very happy when I see my students overcoming barriers, taking positions that were difficult in the beginning. Jiu-Jitsu is overcoming!”, says Vitor, a Black Belt since December 2017.
Vitor also takes the opportunity to comment on Jiu-Jitsu for children and what benefits the practice offers for younger ones. “Well, children are our future. Children start at 3 years old, some don’t even know how to speak yet, but they soon start to understand about hierarchy, discipline, self-confidence, they develop very fast with the practice of Jiu-Jitsu. It’s amazing how they learn to work as a team and understand the importance of the team. All of us at Gracie Barra work to make children strong and confident citizens who will be ready for any challenge. Just like me, who started at 14 years old, Jiu-Jitsu taught me lessons that I use in any situation in my life”, he details.
In competitions within the state, the team that Professor Vitor supports as a coach is already starting to stand out. To give you an idea, the school has been standing out in state championships in the Midwest recently.
“We worked really hard on competition training and our team won a Missouri State Championship recently. The year has just begun and we still have a lot to work on and to conquer”, concludes the professor, who is also technically responsible for Gracie Barra Hannibal.,