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Braulio Estima: Invisible Jiu Jitsu.

With a list of accomplishments as long as his arms, Braulio Estima has found himself on a winning streak these last few years. His performance at ADCC 2009 in Barcelona was nothing short of amazing. Winning both his own weight category (88kg) as well as the absolute division and without a single point being scored against him in all his fights! Braulio has also won the BJJ world championships 4 times as well as countless other major tournament victories.

Edojo caught up with Braulio to talk about his training, motivation, that 'infamous' inverted triangle and what he has come to call ... 'Invisible Jiu Jitsu'

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Tim You’ve had a really successful time in the past year, for people who maybe don't  know who you are or what you do, can you tell me the biggest or most  successful tournaments you’ve been involved with recently? Braulio Yeah, the biggest ones would be … all the ones that bring international fighters, for  me these are big. Now there are no easy fights with the competitions that bring the  international fighters, for example the Pan Ams, the Europeans, the World Pro, and  the World Championship – the Mundials, and... the ADCC. This was for me, the  greatest (event) I have ever done. ADCC is an invitational competition with only fighters who deserve to be there, you  have to qualify or be invited to be there. When I fought there, nobody managed to  score a point against me, no fights went to extra time, I tapped (submitted) both of  the finalists, you know, beating 4 of the top players (fighters) in the ADCC. So it was  a great achievement in terms of scale. This was my first Gold in ADCC, now I have  the World Championships – 3 times Gold, 5 times for the Pan Ams, 3 in the Europe‐ ans. Tim So, you been very busy! Braulio Yes! Tim A lot of people are getting to know your name now outside of the BJJ community,  especially through ADCC, can you tell me what age you started to train Jiu Jitsu?

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Braulio I started Jiu Jitsu when I was 16 years old. I started through friends you know. I  heard about the UFC and Royce Gracie fighting and this Brazilian representing you  know, the way you can beat the stronger opponent, I was wandering if I could do  the same because I wasnt very strong, I was always small. Then I had a friend who I  used to do Judo with when I was 11 years old who had started this (Jiu Jitsu) and I  said it sounded weird for me! This Jiu Jitsu sounded like something a ninja would  do! So I said I would go and see what it is and when I saw it was a grappling thing,  I was very interested. Copyright EDOJO.TV 2010

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Tim So you had 4‐5 years of Judo before Jiu Jitsu Braulio No I actually started Judo when I was 10 ‐ 11 but then I stopped because my  instructor died. I stopped doing martial arts and started doing football as a kid, as  you do! Then I saw there was a lot of politics involved as you get more into professional  football, I noticed that a lot of people who were better than me, were not going pro,  and a lot of people who were worse than me were, according to who they knew. My  dad had not been involved with football so I knew there was little chance for me to  get through. If the guys who were better than me could not get through because of  this I knew I had little chance. So I decided to do something that only depended on  me, so If I win, I will get somewhere for it, and if I lose, it is only because of me. Tim So, it's a good thing you chose Jiu Jitsu! Braulio Yeah, cos it was an upcoming martial art. When I started BJJ, my instructor was a blue belt and the closest black belt around  was 3 hours away by plane. Tim A lot of people hold off training because they havnet got a black belt to go and train  with. Braulio Yes, of course if you do have, it does make a difference, but it’s not like the end of  the world you know, Im not like a super hero (being a black belt), I have injuries as  normal, I have my time off, you know I have my ups and downs, but I think the  main thing is the determination. This means if you really want to get somewhere, if you really do fight for it, you will  get there sooner or later.

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Tim So, when you started your training you were with a Blue Belt, you would get what  you could get. Now you're the world champion, how much of your time is spent  training? Braulio Well, I'm lucky that I have my hobby and my favourite sport as my job. Im lucky  that I could manage to build a base that allows me to keep doing what I love for a  living. Like that I can keep training as often as I can. Im a very competitive person,  Im very much a sport guy, I always love to do sport. I like to train, I have fun train‐ ing. Thank God that BJJ is a thing that you don't need to go full on to enjoy the  training, you don't need to hit anybody, you don't need to beat up anybody. It's like  grappling is natural in our instincts! If you put two kids playing around, they always  want to grapple together!  You know, this is our game. I try to do as much as possible, even when I’m off train‐ ing (for competition) I still roll around with my students, developing new tech‐ niques, having fun with my friends, playing around... And of course when it comes  to the competition, I take like 12 weeks in a 'full blast'

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In the finals of the under 88 kgs, Braulio Estima faced off with Andre Galvao What turned out to be one of the most exciting fights of the event ended with  Braulio securing an inverted triangle to defeat Galvao. Braulio went onto win Gold also in the Absolute devision. Copyright EDOJO.TV 2010

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Braulio Estima ‐ Invisible Jiu Jitsu Full interview and techniques available to eDojo.tv members Log in, then goto ‘Membership Info’ to access full site content. Full article include 17 pages of exclusive interviews,  training information, technique files and 30 minutes of  instruction video from the BJJ series with Braulio Estima ‘Invisible Jiu Jitsu’

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Braulio position himself, taking hold of his opponents collar.

Stepping around to the side of his opponents leg, Braulio sits while controlling the collar.

Braulio hooks inside the leg and switches the collar grip for the sleeve.

Braulio pushes with his right leg inside his opponents legs to create distance. He then grabs the back of his opponents ankle.

Braulio sits up and hooks inside his opponents lead leg. He then passes the sleeve towards his hooking hand.

With the lead leg and opposite sleeve now controlled by one hand, Braulio takes the collar again.

Now, Braulio pulls down on the collar while trapping the back leg. The front leg and opposite sleeve are alse trapped.

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Braulios opponents is falls with his leg and arm still trapped. Braulio chooses his position with little defense!

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