Bruno Oliveira is one of the best jiu-jitsu athletes in the world. And while being a high-level competitor, he’s also one of the names that have been helping to spread the Jiu-Jitsu philosophy around Abu Dhabi as he works as a teacher for the army in the United Arab Emirates.
He wants to celebrate the fact that he received his black belt 10 years ago. How? By winning the World Master IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship and the Las Vegas Open in August. Bruno is working with the performance coach Rafael Ribeiro alongside his BJJ training to accomplish his goal.
“I’m going to compete at the Master and Adult divisions at the same time. I’ve been working on my cardio with my coach Rafael Ribeiro and on my BJJ game. I’ve been training with so many teammates that it is impossible to say all of those names. They are very tough and excellent at what they do. I want to prove that hard work pays off and want to reach my limit as an athlete.”
He also spoke about the World Master. For him, his will be a very tough division to fight against.
“Our division is stacked with 46 fighters, with some well-known athletes and some of them already champions. I can’t wait to fight and to show the work I’ve been doing.”
A competitor since the blue belt, Bruno is part of the evolution of Jiu-Jitsu.
“I believe that in the near future we will have a more professional Master division with more money around those tournaments. The Master Division only keeps improving. Fighters are deciding to compete as masters in their first year in the division. It didn’t use to be in this way because fighters, even being eligible to fight as a master, decided to keep fighting at the Adult division. This whole evolution is excellent for our sport.”