At 40, Bibiano Fernandes is going through his best phase as a high performance martial artist in ONE Championship, where he holds the bantamweight belt. Owner of 24 victories, nine by submission, and only four defeats in his MMA career, the Brazilian knows the essential ingredients to succeed as a professional, and the tough guy has with him a something he carries from his youth, when he was making his first marks in Jiu-Jitsu in Manaus (Brazil).

Two-time world champion in Jiu-Jitsu for the IBJJF, Bibiano decided to show 10 concepts for you to evolve now, on and off the mat. These are lessons that will impact your journey as a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner or as an athlete.

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1- Have willpower

“It is something that you need to acquire, within yourself. Only you, are able to find your own willpower and say to yourself ‘I can do it’ and ‘I will get there’. Without determination, it will be very difficult to get anywhere. You need to create a determination within yourself, that only you can do. You need to know yourself and trust your values, your potentials, your discipline, your will to win ”.

2- Don’t be lazy

“That word doesn’t exist in my dictionary or in my life. If you are too lazy to wake up early, work, study, fight… You’ll always be in the same place, spending years in the same place. So, it is necessary to leave laziness behind. You must wake up and get up wanting to win, thinking about the future ”.

3- Listen and trust your teachers

“It is a very important thing, as they are always willing to help you. I connected well with my teachers, my teachers are still the same today, I haven’t changed. It have master Osvaldo and Faustino Neto is the Muay Thai teacher. They are the guys I still practice with today, I listen to them and they listen to me. When I have a problem with something and ask for advice, they give me their visions. When I’m on the mat I need to see and decide the best way to move forward. I put everything I learnt, into practice within that struggle. I am a competitor and, therefore, I need to trust my masters and understand them ”.

4- Have faith

“There are days when you will wake up tired, unwilling, wanting to stop, but you have to keep going. Can not stop! Keep moving, working your mind and body, thinking about the future, thinking about where you want to go. Having faith is important to pursue your career ”.

5- Have vision

“You need to visualise where you want to get to! When you see it, you can reach your goal, in the same way, if you can’t visualize it, you probably won’t reach your goal. Think about it! Do you want to be an athlete, can you imagine yourself as one? If so, everyone around you will also be able to see it, but it’s not enough to just imagine it, you have to put it into practice as well ”.

6- Sleep well

“Some people say: ‘I’ll sleep, when I die’. These people don’t understand the value of resting. Sleep is important, both for the physical and the mental. When you sleep, you are replacing the brain cells that are responsible for protecting the neural circuits. A good night’s sleep also helps in rejuvenation. So, if you wake up early, it is also good to sleep early ”.

7- A good nutrition is important

“I try my best to eat well and have a balanced diet. For example, avoid eating too much meat. Eating well is very important for you to produce good energy in your body. Many people wake up in the morning and consume a lot of sugar, for example, drink a cola and this does not bring any benefits to their body. Your immune system also suffers. Waking up and spending the day feeding your body good food is being smart and taking care of your health. It has made the difference in my career ”.