After two years training the Arab Emirates athletes, black belt Roberto “Gordo” Correa is no longer the technical coordinator of the country’s Jiu-Jitsu team. The teacher, with 25 years of experience, is changing airs and will teach in the United States, more precisely at one of the Start Jiu-Jitsu branch offices in Sunrise/Sawgrass, Florida.
“We ended the contract after two years, and life goes on,” says Gordo. “We were talking to anyone who knows how to renew, but there were small dissatisfactions on both sides. In the end, we ended up deciding this way. It was an excellent experience, I made some great friends and learned a lot about working together and training to be the head coach of a national team. It was nice to represent a country like Abu Dhabi on the mat, and a great apprenticeship for life. ”
Gordo now returns to normal life in a gym, but already has challenges ahead, around the octagon of the UFC:
“I had long had the idea of going to teach in the United States, until the invitation to be the coach of the athletes of the Emirates came up, and I accepted the challenge. My brother (Rafael Gordinho) has two gyms in Florida, the Start Jiu-Jitsu, and I’m going to play one of them. The plan is to give a boost there also in my association of academies. I’m back in action normally, we’ll soon have Braga Neto (December 9, UFC Fresno) and Rafael dos Anjos (December 16 at UFC Winnipeg) and I’ll be at their corner”