Rio de Janeiro
Black belt, three stripes
What year did you start training?
How did you get started?
I was invited by my younger brother, Edson Diniz and Professor Rogerio Poggio. Jiu jitsu was very popular in Rio at the time.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve encountered in your training, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge was my size, because I was one of the smallest people in the group. That motivated me to keep learning jiu jitsu because I knew that if I wanted to beat the bigger guys, I’d have to have better technique.
What’s your favorite thing about training or teaching, and why?
I love helping students improve, especially new students. It’s gratifying to introduce them to the community. It’s really satisfying to see everyone sweating and smiling after class, That’s when I know I’ve done a good job.
What are your personal goals on and off the mat?
I want to support the Easton team and vision. I want to keep improving my jiu jitsu, maintain my physical and mental health and keep having fun. I want to pass on my knowledge to current and future students. I believe jiu jitsu is for everyone and should be an essential part of your life just like food and water.
What’s something people might be surprised to learn about you?
I am a great salsa dancer. In fact, my first date with my wife Amy was at a salsa club. She fell in love with me on the dance floor!