Taking Care of Your Mind Is Jiu-Jitsu: David and Goliath, the fable we experience in life.
November 22, 2013
Fight with determination, embrace life with passion.
David and Goliath is one of the most well-known fables in the world . It tells the story of David ,the youngest of eight brothers and his victory over the 3-metre giant, Goliath. Jiu jitsu warriors associate this fable with the struggles between athlete of the light and heavy divions. However, competitions are not the only place this happens; there are many instances in life when we are put in the shows of little David. Oops, we meant little Enzo Botinelly, gray stripe and, son of Professor Elton Castro GB Roriama -BR.
Only 4-years old Enzo had his first battle against a different opponent off the mat – known as lymphoma. Lymphoma is a type of cancer that originates in the lymph, which are responsible for producing cells that trigger the immune response of of the human body. Although it was our little champion who was sick it was Enzo’s father who suffered more. The black belt contemplated giving up Jiu Jitsu altogether, but it turned out to be the mats that came to give his son the extra strength to fight on and keep on wearing the kimono. In Taking Care of Your Mind feature today we proudly bring you, a story of victory and fellowship of the dynamic duo, Elton and Enzo .
In 2009, Enzo Botinelly was diagnosed with lymphoma. It came as a shock to Elton and his wife Marcela , who had big plans for their first-born son, believing him to be healthy and happy. Things started looking even grimmer when they learnt that Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima didn’t offer any possibility for the adequate treatment of young cancer patients. We had to leave our jobs and family and move to Brasilia DF to be able to help him. He was almost four when he was diagnosed and this year he’s turning eight,said Elton Castro.
Thanks to his young age, Enzo managed to retain his childlike innocence and faced everything with a big smile and continued playing, running, even during his treatment. The little Enzo doing all the fighting like a true warrior.
The GB Professor actually started contemplating giving up jiu jitsu. “I had been practicing since 1995 with master Pascoal Duarte who had taught me a lot. And all the while the gentle art had always been part of my life. My wife, whom I met in 1999 at a competition in Manaus -AM and most of my friends were from the circles of this sport. Pedro Galiza, Brasilia, was the one who gave me the strength to return to the mats and show that training could be used at that time as an escape valve to strengthen my body and my mind. It worked! Said Elton.
There was a time when I feared for the outcome of Enzo’s treatment was uncertain. I was scared, I cried, we passed through tough times together, but I never stopped believing it would all work out in the end. “ Complete Elton
Today , Enzo trains 3 times a week and already has many titles such as: Macuxi Cup Champion 2012, Vice Champion Roraimense 2013 and Vice Champion of the 2013 Open Roraima. The next objective of this champion in life is to fight and stand out in the Amazonense Championship Jiu- jitsu and Pan Kids in California. Again, the formula: Gentle Art + LOVE + FAITH , resulted in a very strong bond of friendship between father and son. In the case of these two, the roles were reversed ,the lesson has been passed from son to father.
The main lesson that I learnt is that even in the darkest moments of our lives we can still find the strength to smile and be happy .
Challenges such as this one are difficult to live through and require much more than technique and strength in training. They require a lot of mental strength, calamity and willpower to be able to move on, overcoming the obstacles on the road to victory. Today, Elton Castro and his wife help the Roraima Institute to Combat Childhood Cancer ( ICCI RR ) which tends to more than 160 children, with the delivery of food baskets, holiday celebrations , aid in early diagnosis and treatment Away from home ( TFD ) and so on. It is very rewarding to see the smiles of these little warriors who have already been through so much said Elton.
Jiu jitsu makes us stronger as fighters and as people. It often helps us overcome the adversities in life, but we need to always remember to:
1 THINK POSITIVE: As Grand Master Carlos Gracie said Think only about the best, work only for the best, and always expect the best.”
2 – CULTIVATE WILL POWER: Know your weaknesses so you can find the motivation to NEVER give up. You are capable! Fight for the things you want!
3 UNDERSTAND THE OBSTACLES OF LIFE: Nothing is easy. Obstacles are part of the road to the realization of our dreams . View them as part of the way to victory.
GB Kids Fight Hard and Bring Home the Title
November 21, 2013
Spectacular achievement for the Gracie Barra Kids Team
Guide a kid through the right path and follow the kids path every once in a while
The GB Kids fought hard at the 2013 Fall Classic Jiu-Jitsu Tournament. The Gracie Barra instructors took 42 well trained kids, from different GB Schools in southern California, to compete and represent the GB Flag. It was a great learning experience to all and our kids took home the 1st place team title!
Athletics within Gracie Barra builds community and pride through the engagement of students, staff, parents, and friends, and creates a portal through which everyone can enjoy the GB experience. Successful athletic performance generates a unique excitement across the Gracie Barra Schools and community, help strengthen bonds among the various arms of our organization, build students loyalty in a healthy manner, and give Gracie Barra members yet another reason to be proud to represent the legacy of Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and defend the red shield.
The next stop for the Gracie Barra Kids Team will be the SJJIF Worlds Jiu-jitsu Tournament. The tournament will be held at the Walter Pyramid Cal State in Long Beach the address is 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840. More info about the tournament can be found here.
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Eating Well is Jiu-Jitsu Philipe Della Monica Presents the Maca Shake
November 19, 2013
Food of the Week: Maca
Las week we released a feature on the Peruvian superfood Maca ( super food) detailing its amazing effects on the human body . Today we go to Professor and athlete Philipe Della Monica (Furão) for a healthy Maca recipe.
Those who are careful about their routine know it can get tired to monitor every single food intake. Philipe currently lives in Mission Viejo , California , and has an extremely busy routine. Wrestling, jiu jitsu tournaments, jiu jitsu seminars, working at the GB Association, teaching classes at GB Saddelback and helping Rafael dos Anjos train jiu jitsu for UFC.
It’s hard to overlook Philipe and his countless victories that earned him the highest place in the Jiu Jitsu hall of glory. Stressed out ? Never . Furão has an incredible zest for life, always helping everyone in the GB family. To better keep up with his intense routine , Philipe relies on the use of the super- food Peruvian Maca .
“I like to drink a Maca shake in the morning before my first workout. Since it can be added to juice or your favorite shake. I usually mix one tablespoon (flat) of Maca with two tablespoons of cocoa powder, and add coconut water . You can also add half a banana for thicker consistency . The taste is not the best but it makes for a light snack with great nutritional value. It’s a good alternative for people who don’t like coffee and it’s indispensable for those days when you wake up tired from the workout the previous day.
Maca Super Shake
250 ml coconut water
1 tbsp Maca Powder
2 tablespoons Cacao Powder
Place all ingredients in a blender and beat until smooth.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional guidance. The use of vitamins and dietary supplements can benefit a person, but we recommend consulting a nutritionist, doctor or other specialist for evaluation and monitoring prior to using any health enhancement products.
Note: The photos are illustrative
- Eating Well is Jiu Jitsu: The Superfoods. Otavio Sousa Presents Peruvian Maca