Gracie Barra fight fans, our very own Braulio “Carcará” Estimas debuts in MMA
Gracie Barra is proud to let everyone know that our brother, Braulio Estima will be debuting on his MMA battle for TitanFC 24. He will be going against Chris Holland. He was kind enough to grace us with a short interview despite the preparations and training that he is currently undergoing for his fight on the 24th of August.
Braulio received his black belt in Jiu Jitsu back in 2004 under Master Carlos Gracie Jr. Currently, he is now one of the most accomplished members of the Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu family due to his notable achievements in international competitions. At 32 years old, Braulio has achieved numerous laurels in the field of grappling and tournaments.
Also, he is a winner numerous Pan-American Championships and holds the record of the most in the European Championship from 2001 through 2011.
GB.com: So how’s your training?
Braulino: The training has been very hard and intense. It’s a big change of routine and it’s hard on the body in the beginning but I’m already tuned and feeling great on practice. We do a little bit of everything. Stand up sparring. Wrestling. Judo. Ground an pound jiu jitsu agains the cage and on the floor. Plus conditioning training. Pretty tough but yet enjoyable
GB.com: How did Gracie Barra help you prepare for your debut MMA fight?
Braulio: GB helped during my whole life in Jiu Jitsu training. Gracie Barra runs in my veins. It’s the part of my game that is more solid than anything else. To become a good fighter in Jiu Jitsu, it takes much longer than on stand up. So I have one advantage right there.
GB.com: How much do you enjoy MMA?
Braulio: Mma is cool and intense. I’m loving the fact that I’m learning a lot every single day. And I’m enjoying to adapt all my techniques that I’ve learned in my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu career onto MMA. It’s a real buzz. I’m excited for my debut, and I’m counting on the support of the Gracie Barra team in this new phase of my life.
GB.com: How far do you see yourself performing in the world of MMA?
Braulio: I’m a kind of guy that learned a lot with my own mistakes and also with other people mistakes. So I tried to build a very good basic on the field that I’m willing to face (MMA), and not think to jump in the cage with the lions if ‘m not prepared to take the least of it. I’m not in the highest level out there but I’m confident that I will keep moving on. And as long as I keep enjoying the journey, I will keep on going and if so I can get as far as any one else out there.
GB.com: What challenges did you face or facing in transitioning from BJJ to MMA?
Braulio: For sure the adaptations of the techniques when there are punches or striking involved. But the hardest for me has been the exchanging of the positions from the ground to stand up and vice versa within the same round as it takes a lot of energy if u don’t know how to dose out.
GB.com: Any words of inspiration for our budding fighters?
Braulio: First, you set a goal then generate the will to get there, and that “will” needs to direct the dedication and the strength to keep on going no matter what, specially during hard times.
GB.com: Lastly, rate your Jiu Jitsu and Striking
Braulio: My Jiu Jitsu is good enough to fight anyone. My striking is good enough to bring the fight to the ground.
Here is an exciting Video aboutr Braulio’s training we borrowed from Graciemag
In behalf of the Gracie Barra family, we wish you luck in your endeavor! Boa sorte, Braulio!