Recently I managed to catch up with Vinicius ‘Draculino’ Magalhães and pick his brain about the ongoing evolution of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Draculino started training in Rio in the 1980’s, back in the days when many of the big names in BJJ were just young kids with blue and purple belts around their waists. Plus he’s trained many great competitors in the sport, as well as having personally competed in BJJ, ADCC, and MMA himself!
In our 24 minute conversation Draculino talked about:
- How beach fights for the hottest surfing spots brought him into jiu-jitsu
- What it was like training with the top Gracie and Machado fighters in Rio in the 1980’s
- How self defense and vale tudo training were incorporated into class back in the day
- The early BJJ competition scene, and how BJJ has changed over the last 3 decade
- How the spider guard evolved, and the criticism he received for pioneering this position
- Why he gets more nervous for BJJ competition than for MMA fights.
- Why many matches at the 2012 Mundials reminded him of two spiders trying to mate
- The rule changes, he’d like to see to make jiu-jitsu competition more exciting,
- And why he makes even his BJJ world champions do self defense twice a week
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