Over the next few months, we're going to be introducing you to many of the faces within the Grand Union BJJ Family, telling you their story of what Jiu-Jitsu means to them and what they have learned since picking up the art.
Name: Cesar Lima
Belt: Black belt Second Stripe
When did you start Jiu-Jitsu? I started BJJ in 1999 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Why did you start Jiu-Jitsu? I always liked martial arts, I started fighting since I was 4 years old, but I only met BJJ when I was 20 years old when my cousin invited me to watch the BJJ class. The funny story was that his BJJ instructor challenged me to fight, I accepted, I was a Kung Fu champion at that time, I thought I was Bruce Lee, but it wasn't as I planned, the Bjj Instructor submitted me about 3 times in less than a minute, I was fascinated by how easily he did it, so I decided to train with them, I’ve never stopped since.
Favourite Submission & why? My favorite position with the Gi is cross collar choke from the back, I'm a small guy, so I think other submissions are easier to escape when I fight against bigger opponents. In Nogi is the heel hook, no doubt about it, once it is locked, there is no escape!
Preferred Guard? I like half guard in general, half guard lasso, knee shield, deep half guard.
Proudest Jiu-Jitsu Moment? It was definitely when I got my black belt from Roger Gracie. It meant a lot to me, I left everything behind in Brazil to come to London and train BJJ with Roger, it was a long way and with many difficulties. That day, when I got my black belt by coincidence, my grandfather also died, he was a person who supported me a lot to come to London, I wanted to make him proud. It was an unforgettable day for me.
What has Jiu-Jitsu taught you outside of the Dojo? BJJ gave me the confidence to deal with any kind of problem, and after a few years of practicing this art, I began to understand more about my body mechanism, learned better control of my mind, I became a stronger person inside and out.
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