From 1995 to 1999, Luiz focused on boxing and was one of the sparring partners for the Brazilian national team, and also for the Cuban team when they trained there. He not only sparred with the teams but worked with the coaches to develop strategies and pinpointed the weak/strong aspects of each boxer’s game.
BJJ – Major Tournaments
1 x European Champion, 2009
1 x Copa Bitteti Champion, 2007
2 x Scandinavian Champion, 2006/2008
1 x 2nd Place, Copa London, 2005
1 x Total Fighting Championship, Budapest – 2004
1 x 2nd Place, Gracie Invitational, 2002
Boxing – Major Tournaments
1x 1st Place, Luvas de Ouro Champion
1 x State of Sao Paulo Champion
1 x National Brazilian Boxing Champion
Luiz: I like the idea that in BJJ everyone can win, you don’t have to be strong to restrain an opponent. We train with and without gi and, although with the latter, strength becomes more of a deciding factor most of the time we train with gi. With this it’s much more about technique and style, and just because someone might be strong it doesn’t mean they’ll win. Hence it’s a pretty good sport for everyone and anyone to learn.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has many levels to it and a huge range of techniques, positions etc. With a lot of people who do only stand up martial arts the fight is over once their opponent gets them on the floor. You still see this in some MMA fights. That’s why a lot of people who are interested in MMA start studying Jiu Jitsu.