Vinicius Lino balances grappling and gi competitions

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Vinicius Lino is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt

Professional athlete representing Alliance San Diego, Vinicius Lino has a long journey in Jiu-Jitsu. The black belt, who has been training for 13 years, decided to take another path on his career and fully dedicate to grappling.

His season started at Memphis Open IBJJF, where he got two silver medals, gi and nogi edition.

For Lino, competing at local tournaments is a way to decrease the anxiety and test himself against tough opponents, because his goal is to be among the selected ones to compete at ADCC 2024, in Las Vegas.

” The beginning of the season is being great. I’m adding new things to my game. I want to use competitions to evolve my game and apply the techniques that I have been working, that I have been thinking. I’m doing the competition training everyday, strength and condiitioning 3x a week. I’m on the right path, with a fixed look at the goal. ” details Lino before talking about his training.

” Something I learned from my professor is that a black belt must me complete! You gotta know how to takedown, pass, play guard and always looking to control the opponent. It’s about frustrating your opponent’s game and connect your techniques, set the pace.

Assiduous Jiu-Jitsu competitor, Vinicius is also dedicated to study and career planning. Following, he explains why grappling has attracted many gi athletes.

“I think this mindset is more geared towards grappling, in the sense that most of the matchups are no-gi, because the prizes are better and the scene is very tolerant of grappling. With that, athletes who want to make a decent living from the sport are training more grappling! I believe that the Jiu-Jitsu media is also more focused on the no-gi,” explains Lino.

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