Question: What reason were you in Europe?
Answer: I went to Europe to prepare and coach my black belt student, Igor Araujo for his UFC fight in London and I had seminars in France, Switzerland and Germany (10 seminars). One week after Igor had won his fight, I left Europe for California to compete in the IBJJF Pan American tournament.
Question: While you were in Europe, were you able to prepare and train for your competition in Pan Ams and if so, how long did you train?
Answer: I prepared and trained while I was in Hawaii and also kept training while I was in Europe.
Question: Did the traveling play a major part in how you performed in your competition?
Answer: I traveled and competed for the last 16 years so I’m used to it. All the time I know how to use my technique and I’m so happy because all the time I get gold medal.
Question: Were you able to focus on your competitions due to the lack of sleep and major jet lag?
Answer: The jet lag for me is hard. Only God helps me when I have a hard jet lag. My last tournament I flew 12 hours from London to California and I landed there Friday. I had a seminar the same day and slept 3 hours and fought Saturday and went back to my friend’s house to sleep 5 hours and went on fighting for my gold medal on Sunday. I think my performance was amazing.
Question: Which of your three fights was the most difficult and why?
Answer: My last fight was the toughest. My opponent competed for 25 years like me.
Question: How did you feel when you won your final match?
Answer: I remembered in my mind the last two competitions I fought and took second place. I wanted so much to bring home the gold medal for my family and team in Hawaii.
Question: How did you feel when you won the gold medal in your division representing the people of Hawaii?
Answer: I was very happy because only I have a Pan American gold medal this year as a black belt from Hawaii. My students in Brasil, Europe, and America know me. I only fight for my team and for Hawaii. Hawaii people deserve this medal.
Question: I understand you opened your own academy in Hawaii. What do you think about jiu-jitsu in Hawaii? How many students do you have in your academies - Hawaii, Brasil and Europe? Are you planning on expanding more schools in Hawaii, USA or elsewhere?
Answer: Caveirinha Jiujitsu Family has affiliates around the world. I have black belt students teaching in Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany, Brasil , Belo-Horizonte, Minas Gerais, and Sao Paulo. My dream and plan in Hawaii and the mainland as well, is to give people my knowledge of jiu-jitsu and to instill good morals and values into my students. My goal for the future is to have more students like Bj Penn from Caveirinha Jiu-Jitsu Family.
Question: How many years have you trained Jiu-Jitsu?
Answer: I trained Jiu-Jitsu almost 26 years.
Question: What made you continue training and competing for 25 years and not stop?
Answer: I trained for a long time, I love training, I love competing, and in my mind I never thought about stopping. All the time when I trained and thought about the competing in tournaments, it motivated me. I have a lot of experience from the big tournaments and a lot of gold medals from all over the world. That’s my motivation and when I compete I feel like I’m am only 17 years old!
Question: Where have you competed in Brasil and Europe and how well have you done in those competitions?
Answer: In Brasil I fought in all the big cities - Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, and Brasilia. In Europe, I competed in Portugal, Holland, France, and Germany. I have gold medals from all these countries.
Question: Many competitors use the 50/50 game, and stop and try to sweep at the last minute. What do you think about that?
Answer: I respect 50/50 game of course, but I think when the guys play this position only to hold the fight and try to sweep last minute… for me that’s not Jiu-Jitsu. For me that’s a bad game. It’s like stalling from half guard on the bottom and trying to sweep last minute. You don’t need to train Jiu-Jitsu to fight like that. If you think you can fight like that you stop learning and your Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t improve. When you get your black belt people are going to think of you as a fake black belt. You’ll never have a chance to get a gold medal at a big tournament for the rest of your life. I’m from old school Jiu-Jitsu. I play from every position and try my best. It’s what I try to pass down to my students.
Question: What do you think about the Hawaiian people and do you think there can be more "BJ Penns"?
Answer: Hawaiian people have strong blood like Brazilians. I think Hawaii has a chance for a lot of tough black belts in the future.
Question: Three of your black belt students fight in the UFC - Borroxinha, Rafal Dos Anjos, and Igor Araujo. and you also have almost 200 black belt students in Europe, Brasil and Hawaii. What do you think about the future of Hawaii BJJ?
Answer: I’m proud of my work with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because if I put together all my black belt students from around the world, I have almost 200 blackbelt students. I’m only 35 years old. For me that’s like a new record. I work very hard, I try my best every time, I give my life, my blood, and my spirit for my team. Caverinha Jiu-Jitsu all over the world - compete all over the world. Rafael Dos Anjos, Igor Araujo, and Borrachinha, are my current black belts in the UFC.
Question: What would you say to the people training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Answer: Jiu-jitsu isn’t only for fighting or competitions. Jiu-jitsu is for your life. You should apply morals and virtues you learn from Jiu-Jitsu to your lifestyle. Like eating healthy, being humble, and etc.