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Meet Vanderson Gomes of O’Fallon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanderson Gomes.

Hi Vanderson, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
It all started when I was seven years old, in the first week of school I had a fight with a boy who threw me on the floor and dominated me very easily, so my mom knew that my neighbors were doing some martial art and she asked if me and mine sibling we could do an experimental class and I really enjoyed the judo class and I never stopped, at the age of 13 I started training jiu jitsu, which helped me a lot to have self-control, and focus my energy on the competitive sport, at 18 already I had my first class of jiu jitsu where I became more passionate about being able to help direct other young people to have better conduct on the street and at home, I understood that I could use jiu jitsu in the personal development of my students, introverted students, very shy I asked them to start warming up by counting in front of the class, the heavier ones I pulled more for weight loss, but teaching about respect was my best weapon in this process. There were so many students that I was able to help them become better people and today a lot of them are passing on what they learned to others like them.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I don’t think I had a lot of problems because I had a lot of support from my mother, I lost my father when I was ten years old, so my mom was and still is my rock, the injuries I was always very positive in my recoveries so you can’t stop me, one of my serious injuries was sciatic nerve and not even the doctors who said I couldn’t to fight again, they could not stop me, I think I won so much with sport that it is difficult to say about some bad fact, jiu jitsu is more than a sport, it is a lifestyle, where you have great emotional self-control and self-confidence.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have been teaching jiu jitsu since I was 17 years old, I have learned so much and passing on my knowledge for so long, I am very focused on the discipline and rules of jiu jitsu, rules that I do not accept to be broken to have more students, I am graduated in economics I can say that everything I wanted to do I did, I worked a lot in banks, international organizations writing about agribusiness and I worked for the government. I don’t know about my difference from the other teachers because everything I do is geared towards my students and my academy, I never stopped to research or find out how other professionals are, I put 100% on myself and my work.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
No matter your age, your physical limitations, jiu jitsu can be practiced by anyone, it will bring you great benefits, not only physical but mental as well, and if you have children this is a great sport for your children.

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