As many of you know, I’ve immersed myself in training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu over the past 3-4 months and, although, I’m only getting started on this path, I can see how beneficial and valuable it is to train in martial arts.
Today, I have the honor of talking with André Almeida (he simply goes by “Dedeco”), a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelt who has been practicing for over 30 years. We talk about his rocky past in Brazil, how Jiu-Jitsu saved his life, what to look for when getting started on your own path, and the mindset needed to be a successful Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.
“Open your mind. You’ll never know enough. There’s always someone out there who can teach you something.” Tweet That— André Almeida
André “Dedeco” Almeida
Today, I have the honor of introducing you to my friend, Dedeco. Dedeco and I met last year at Origin’s Immersion Camp and since then, he’s become a friend and a bit of a mentor (although mostly online via social media). And, with as many questions as I’ve received about me starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I can’t think of anyone better to talk with that him.
Dedeco has been practicing Jiu-Jitsu for more than 30 years and credits his life to being introduced to the art. He’s a Brazilian National Champion, 3x State Champion, and 2x Pan American medalist.
On top of that, he’s one of the most sincere and genuine people that I know and I can’t wait for you to hear our conversation. I hope you enjoy, gentlemen.
“People come to jiu-jitsu for a million different reasons but they stay for only one. It’s the family and comradery.” Tweet That— André Almeida
- Watching from the sideline
- Experiencing variances in life
- Learning opportunities
- Growing up in Rio de Janeiro
- Building self-confidence
- First-class mentorship
- Relocating to America
- How to get involved in Jiu-jitsu
- Helping others grow
- The importance of lineage
- Basic starting points for beginners
- Learning through vulnerability
- The power of a small arsenal
- Developing your style
“Jiu-jitsu is uncomfortable so you have to leave your ego at the door.” Tweet That— André Almeida
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