Vídeo: físico e gás de Vitor Belfort impressionam antes de luta contra Oscar De La Hoya; assista
* Jiu-Jitsu academies have been closed in Brazil since the beginning of March, when the first cases of the coronavirus were registered in the country. In addition, all competitions, including the most important ones on the calendar such as the World Cup, the Pan and the Brazilian (IBJJF / CBJJ), in addition to the World Pro (AJP Tour), have been canceled. In the southern states, academies were able to reopen with restrictions, but in some cities, due to the increase in the number of infected people, local governments decided to close the martial arts schools again. Having now been more than 100 days away from the mats, and still without a prediction of when they will be able to return, there is lingering question: will it be possible to perform traditional graduations for Jiu-Jitsu students in 2020? Always after the IBJJF World Cup - which takes place between the last days of May and the beginning of June - and at the end of the year, the ceremonies and the desired graduations are held. With the main competitions canceled and gyms closed, teachers were unable to graduate their students at the end of the first semester. But, the projection is that by December, the situation will be different. To open a debate on the topic, TATAME talked to three important Jiu-Jitsu names: Rodrigo Cavaca, Cláudio Calasans and Isaque Bahiense. All teachers were unanimous in agreeing that their graduation will happen at the end of 2020, but each one pointed out a specific reason for the ceremony to be performed. Cavaca talks about the importance of theory One of the leaders of the Zenith team, Rodrigo Cavaca, sees the current pandemic scenario as a moment of reinvention on the part of teachers. The black belt believes it is necessary upon return, to have sanitary protocols and a "different Jiu-Jitsu" than what was done before Covid-19. The professor also states that theoretical teaching is important for students' assimilation and, consequently, the important for the desired graduations. “I see no problem with end of year graduations. Especially when you consider they were frozen for three months, but the theoretical part was still practiced a lot. A lot about technique, a lot about the lives and stories of our beloved sport, Jiu-Jitsu. This was thought in a very intense way, with different methods, very different from what we are used too….far away from the mats. This should count towards graduation, because the learning that occurred during this time, was as important as when we are on the mats every day. We have to adapt to what is happening in the world and it is not fair to take the graduation away from people who have been on a journey ”, analyzed the renowned Rodrigo Cavaca.
“The competitions are going to take a long time to come back, but I don't think that has any influence on the athlete's graduation ceremony. If you cant run to one side, you have to runs to the other. There will be merit to give the athlete. The teacher has to do his evaluation. If the athlete is dependant on winning the championship to change belts, it will be difficult. Everything is about adapting and adjusting ”, said the black belt.Calasans sees graduation ceremony without festivities Another important athlete and Jiu-Jitsu teacher, Cláudio Calansas said that students may not return to classes because of the “fear” of catching the new coronavirus. As for graduations with festivities, which has become a tradition, is seen as being something individual and discreet this year. “The idea is to restart (classes) in the second semester and it may be that (graduation) gets in the way because of a lack of time. In the same way that teachers are adapting to the health and safety protocols in a safest possible way, the graduation will also have to adapt. Because the most difficult element will be to break peoples fear barrier. Maybe early next year (2021), graduation will take place. Teachers, will also have to change the collective graduation, with those parties at the end of the year. We may have to do something more individual. I don't believe we will have collective graduation ceremonies. But I can see individual ceremonies, looking at the student's evolution, so that you can graduate one or another ”, pointed out Calasans. Isaque Bahiense highlights ‘Meritocracy’ Leader of the Dream Art project, which is a competition group, Isaque Bahiense's situation is different from that of an academy and from the examples seen above of Cavaca and Calasans. The Alliance black belt deals directly with athletes competing in the main tournaments around the world and focuses on professionalism in sport. “We have many athletes who had the chance to win the World Cup (canceled) and would be having a graduation ceremony after the tournament. You can't leave them for another year (in the same belt), especially considering the athlete's greatest career moments will be at black belt. The sooner we manage to graduate them, the sooner they will arrive at black belt and they will have more opportunities to excel. Of course, all of this is based on track time, dedication and results. We will graduate the athletes who were deserving for all these items I mentioned. Here, at least, it will work like this. For teams, I’m not sure how they will see it, because it is different (from Dream Art). There are athletes that don’t compete in gyms and I don’t know how teachers will evaluate it ”, said Isaque. * By Yago Rédua
Sem lutar profissionalmente desde 2018, Vitor Belfort vem fazendo uma preparação especial para a luta de Boxe contra Oscar De La Hoya, que será realizada no dia 11 de setembro, em Los Angeles (EUA), e terá caráter profissional – sendo sancionada pela Comissão Atlética do Estado da Califórnia. O show organizado pela “Triller”, vale lembrar, ainda contará com o encontro entre e Anderson Silva e Tito Ortiz no co-main event.
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Na última quinta-feira (26), Belfort fez uma espécie de “treino aberto” – em atividade que contou com a presença da imprensa – e mostrou suas habilidades. O que impressionou, no entanto, foi a forma física do brasileiro, que está bem forte, assim como já aconteceu em outras fases da sua carreira nas artes marciais.
Vitor Belfort, que no Boxe já fez uma luta profissional, em 2006, superando Josemario Neves por nocaute, não atua desde 2018, quando foi derrotado por Lyoto Machida no UFC 224. Aos 44 anos e com um cartel de 26 vitórias e 14 derrotas no MMA, o veterano acertou com o ONE Championship em 2019. A expectativa era grande para a sua estreia na organização asiática, porém, após cerca de dois anos, ele não entrou em ação.
Confira abaixo o treino aberto (via MMA Junkie):