Question: What do you need to leave a successful coach of UFC Vegas in Cleveland?
A: Weather & # 39; e.
This is no joke. While agaovtsy shake, wearing ugg boots and painful expression, Ricardo Pires, probably somewhere removes sweater.
"People think it's strange," – says the native of Rio de Janeiro. "But I like the cold."
Cold. But the blizzard, atmospheric events can not take all the credit for bringing this to the world famous wrestling coach with the state Bukei. Pires refers to the family values, the richness of what he calls "the potential of the people", as well as the impact of long-term student and member Klivlendera Mike Rydell.
In 45 years with Pires & # 39 is a Brazilian instructor of jiu-jitsu in Ohio with four stripes on the black belt, who worship life dedicated to the martial arts. Although perhaps the most famous UFC champion training heavyweight champion in 2004, Frank Mir, Pires undermined the myth "I can / can not teach," having a number of its international title fights.
Ricardo Pires but not one to dwell on our laurels. At an age when other Gen-Exers still decide that they need to do when they grow up, Pires has done it several times.
Pires studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since childhood, but the car started & # 39; a career in professional sports, doing football in Miami Sharks. Football lost to the place of business (Pires holds MBA), then Pires back in BJJ and UFC, where a little business savvy is not entirely a bad thing.
Scandalous abbreviations not out & # 39 are so scary once you get putting up. Originally created at the beginning of & nbsp; as a kind of fantasy "Guys For Guys" as to which form of struggle was the worst, when a controversial Championship for the final fight has since stopped to almost reputation reputation. This transformation is largely due to the influence of Royce Gracie who in 1993 confused opponents and spectators using methods BJJ, to prove that the opportunity has not won the right to mixed martial arts.
It was as if King Kong and Godzilla suddenly opened a Hong Kong Foy. Small world cried Royce Gracie as much as a small hope that reducing the size of the collar to irrelevance. Suddenly a great means slow and small, it means slim, and conclusions were designed from a simple.
If the fight – a thing, Vegas – or, at least, it was. Since its inception, UFC has expanded through the Big Bang, and it makes sense when you consider the fundamental truth, guys like to fight . 11,000 years and so that have passed since, as the ancient Guy spent his time having fun, chatting woolen mammoth, before his death, was not enough to tame the natural human aggression, but until UFC did not come, the fight was only good when you are a professional . Your average guy, as expected, will achieve enlightenment on the chairs provided for this purpose, it is the women who furnish the room and limit his manly urge to socially acceptable diversity; That is, a multi-storey one at a sporting event.
Mixed martial arts have raised a modern guy from a single skill in the women's section and made it again elevates himself into the ring. The men found a way to return to MMA guys its internal relatively inoffensive and even constructive way.
But BJJ isn & t only for the guys. Women are smaller and innate carelessness make them natural on the mat, and children and teenagers are attracted to the fight, as the deer of rhododendrons. Parents see in BJJ way to direct descendants of high spirits in a healthy way without the high cost of trials of other martial arts. rarely change color in BJJ belts, in addition to disappear, and the most common type of promotion – is a small tape tape, which is paid strictly blood, sweat and tears.
Moral: there is a place for all of today's rings, and it is obviously bizarre advantage of cold, making the loss of benefits and Pires Vegas Cleveland. Pires teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in their academies in Beachwood and Westlake, as well as in the classroom for MMA at Evolve Fitness in Medina. Pierce holds seminars for local fighters and law enforcement officers, both groups make up a significant percentage of the student body RPBJJ.
Despite the fact that Pires has experienced a stay in the right place at the right time, its success can hardly be attributed to success. With a sunny smile and a deceptively mild gaze that misses nothing, Pires demands perfection. Nobody does not work and does not expect a large, and his example was awarded consistently high position of students in national and international competitions.
According to Pires, life imitating martial art. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what you learn on the mat, you are behind the house. What better way to get out of a confined space? "Do not get" that Peary & # 39; invariable answer, with a big smile to pull out the stinger. I can not argue with that. And if you look closely at the Ricardo Pires, the more likely you will win with him all the same.
Here Pires answers a few questions about football, about the pursuit of happiness, and, last but not least, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
How you got involved in BJJ?
I practiced judo as a child and at age 13 moved to Jiu-Jitsu, because it makes my friends. But I also played football, and by the time I was playing for a professional team. At 17 I went pro and was forced to stop the game in BJJ under contract. I did not want to return to it, until I was 24.
What's wrong with football?
Everything happened too early. Year from 13 to '21 – the best time in Rio. All my friends had fun, and I worked six days a week practice. On Saturday we went to what they called koncentração , Right from the practice to the hotel where we stayed before the game. This was supposed to keep us together and help concentrate. But all my friends were playing, and I was in this hotel. it was difficult.
Since you are back in BJJ?
I came to the US to play in the Miami Sharks, when I was 19, and that too, when I refused. It was the first tough professional experience. He became coach Carlos Alberto Torres, who was captain of the Brazilian team that won the World Cup in 1970, and because he had a very strong name, none of us did not get paid. So I started to work on the bus boy to earn extra money. Then I moved to Ketkils, in the northern state of New York. This I heard about Mike Tyson. He lived and practiced about half a mile away from where I was training. He was 16, and he already had a name.
Daylight Catskills gave me a break. I was hired at the hotel. The deal was that they would give me a job if I had played in their football at amateur championships, but it was quite another matter. I could just have fun playing football. I had no pitch & # 39; yatskaga practice schedule, so I liked it. I have brought many friends from Brazil, such as Marcello and Conan Silveira (in their main American team), and I brought back his brother in New York to be with me. My brother Marcelo and Conan knew each other when they were kids. So suddenly Kattsylly were full of Brazilians! We all eventually moved from the Catskills to Miami, and Conan opened his own gym and I started to train again, as the hotel was seasonal work. In the northern state of New York, when winter comes, everything goes.
How did you come to Cleveland?
Because of Mike Rydell. Mike a couple of times a year, flew to Las Vegas to train with me, but then I came back to Brazil. I stayed there for about a year, but it was not, so I decided to return to the United States. I wanted to go to a place where I could learn and start from scratch, like when I was in Vegas, and it was just me and John Lewis, and no one else. And then I got an email from Mike that goes to Vegas, and I said: You can go, but I do not go there . And then a few weeks later, Mike wrote me an email and said that his passport and visa! It was the greatest compliment of my life. Here you have a man flying from America to Brazil to just train. I'm trying to show him, but Mike just wanted to train. I said to myself: This guy Var & # 39; yat . So I said, perhaps I go to Cleveland, and Mike gave a seminar for me, and I saw a lot of potential.
What kind of potential?
Human potential. Athletic potential. If you are traveling to the United States, it is a statistic, it's a fact, you have so many overweight people in the United States, but when I came here, I saw a lot of people who have fled and went. There are a lot of people in uniform. It must be a reason that this is one of the best countries are engaged in the struggle; you just were not born with natural abilities. I mean, there are some, but people need to really want to train.
And now, after 14 months in a school of 140 members, and about 15% – children. What I mean by potential is the potential of people.
And again, people call me Var & # 39; crazy, but I love the weather & # 39; e here. I do not like rain, but for me the temperature works very well, and the best thing is a great place to raise children. It is very family friendly, and I love it.
The BJJ differs from other martial arts?
Results fights speak for themselves. I would say that 90% of fights end today on the ground. Thus, if you are going to be on the ground, why not start with this?
BJJ why suddenly so popular?
Well, MMA – the biggest reason, but Royce Gracie – is someone who is really famous. Gracies did an amazing job of promoting this art, and we all jumped on the bandwagon. UFC was created by the Gracies, and we owe them, you can say whatever you want, but we are all obliged to Gracies. In addition, it is a sport in which you can do 100%, without hurting each other, unlike boxing or kickboxing.
Who BJJ is most appealing?
All. It can fit into any schedule and any lifestyle. At the time, I was a business man, led the company with 900 employees. It was not easy, but it was the best time of my life. My coach is often called me in the middle of the day, and luckily, I was able to leave the meeting and go to the train. This was the beauty to be the chief! Then again, I'm going to work for another 10 hours.
Or & # 39 BJJ is a product of the American obsession with violence?
No, in fact the opposite is true. Children – and I mean young people, and maybe early 20s – they already have in their aggression. Thus, they start to train, and before they even acquire a blue belt, again they knock people on the streets. In Brazil, it has happened a lot, and BJJ called a bad name. Believe it or not, MMA is responsible for it to turn around, when he became a recognized sport. People have ceased to fight on the streets and started to go professional who has brought much greater status than arrested! And because of this, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gained a better reputation.
That can teach BJJ than "kicking ass"?
I'll let you give an example. In 1996, I injured a shoulder in Ban Amse, and I had to do an MRI. Therefore, I go into the machine, and the lady gives me something to hold up and says: if you need to stop, just press the button. And it was just two centimeters from my face, and I was a little klavstrafobichny. At first I said to myself: I'm not staying here! But I thought: No, I will not touch it. And I closed my eyes and dozed off, and after 40 minutes came out, and all was well. On the other hand, if the nurse wanted to do it on my second arm, I said no! ( laughs ). Anyway, when I realized that BJJ has a positive effect on my life is the carpet. This gave me more control over when you need to push forward and when to retreat.
Control has become a dirty word in American society. Why control is a good thing in BJJ?
Control – it's good, not bad. Not as control over other people, how much control over their own feelings, their own actions – in other words, self-control. In BJJ control – an important element, but you control them, before control. Control means to stay calm, do not have to go slowly. This carefully.
What role does the pain in BJJ?
Two sports that I was doing the most – this is football and BJJ, and, though in football I am more hurt. But, yeah, you get injured, you move, you are stranded in strange positions, the people on top of you, there is nothing to be done. You get injured, but it's a good pain. They – a good scars. My injury brought me good memories, not bad.
Thus, returning to the control, self-control helps mitigate the risk of injury?
Yes, absolutely. We have a guy, Frank, he Gabor, and I started thinking about this the other day and I thought: I came down this guy & # 39; crazy! We use a lot of fingers in jiu-jitsu. But Frank is able to control himself enough to not suffer and jeopardize his car & # 39; a career, and he did not throw, because it can avoid injury. He knows when to step back.
It is a matter of balance. How easy is it to find a balance?
Balance and flexibility are very important. I think you can learn to balance to some extent and you can get better, but in fact it is a natural thing. You have it within yourself. I could never be a tightrope walker on, but because I played beach soccer, it has developed my balance. On the other hand, I have no flexibility!
If you are talking about bringing BJJ skills with carpet, you say that BJJ can help to establish a balance in your life?
Yes, of course, because BJJ – is limited. I think the best comparison – this is when you push when you find balance and control. You need to understand when it is time to lose the battle but not the war. The same applies to business or your personal life and relationships. You know that you have a string, you can not cross, and if you cross it, you will come across again. Thus, you make a choice, and you live to fight another day.
What gave you America, and that you have given America?
I do not think I have anything personally gave America, although I think that the sport BJJ did. America has given me so much. You can evaluate it only if you live in another country. People have no idea how good this country. I love Brazil. It's fine, and there is a lot of wonderful things, but unfortunately, I have to say that in America we are more respected person than in Brazil.
In Vegas, you train a few of the big names of UFC. Do you ever miss the big time?
Let's just say I had a friend, Rick Davis, who was a teacher at the school. He received a salary of $ 700 per fight with Henry Matamoras, which, incidentally, was a good friend after this fight. Anyway, Rick went to war with this guy, draw, and it was one of the most exciting matches I've ever seen. The fight was in Chicago. I have paid for their own airfare, and the check bounced. I never told him that I paid him $ 700 from his own pocket. Let's just say I was very pleased with the result.
A few weeks later Frank Mir fought Tymam Sylvia for the title. Frank won, but not as he had hoped, and the reporter asked me how I feel that one of my men went from nothing and became the champion of the UFC's heavyweight division. I won you a lie, I gave him the answer, thinking about the fight Rico, because I needed to feel enthusiasm, and I did not do anything.
I do not worry about the glory or the corona, but I still had the mentality of brotherhood. Frank was also a member – he was my son, but the training and the results were similar to Rick Davis. So I can compare it with the choice between Cleveland and UFC. Thus, if the question is, why be here and not in Vegas? The answer, I get more enjoyment from your friends learning than teaching professionals.
You work a lot. How do you manage to always have a smile on your face?
I do not & t; ( laughs ) However, this is my playground. Can you imagine what you do for a living? I do not call it work, I call it retirement. Moreover, as an instructor BJJ, I put myself in the student's shoes. You leave your job, your something & # 39; w, are driving a long way to get here. We have a guy who drives a half hour three times a week to come here. I have no right all to be here and not smile.
How do you keep balance?
I have a wonderful wife and children. I can be anywhere in the world, and if they are with me, I will be in equilibrium. Physically, I have to work on it. I do not n & # 39; w, that helps. I just do not like alcohol, I never have. I like control. I've never used drugs and steroids. Allow the contrary, in 2010, you can not just close our eyes and say that steroids do not win. Steroids help if you approach the right doctor and the right dosage, but what is it?
I am very sensitive to the drugs. When I take Dayquil, I can sleep two days. Акрамя таго, паколькі я займаўся спортам так доўга, мне падабаецца быць у форме, мне гэта проста падабаецца. Мне так падабаецца катацца на дыванках, што, як толькі я заўважаю, як мая тэхніка альбо прадукцыйнасць зніжаецца, я нешта раблю. Я толькі пачаў зноў бегаць. Я ніколі не хвалююся за жывот ці пра тое, як выглядаюць біцэпсы і ногі, але калі бег дае мне яшчэ адзін дзень трэніровак, я буду бегаць. Я не ведаю, што будзе пасля 50, я проста скажу шанцы і рушу далей. Я не хвалююся за тое, што будзе ў наступныя 40 гадоў, я перажываю наступныя сорак хвілін!
Што вы выглядаеце?
Плёткі. Ёсць вясёлыя плёткі, якія з'яўляюцца лепшай часткай трэніровак, размаўляюць на сметніцу і жартуюць, але ёсць дрэнныя плёткі, якія спрабуюць прынізіць каго-небудзь або сапсаваць яго рэпутацыю, каб адчуць сябе важнай. Я вельмі, вельмі ненавіджу гэта, і хаця я стараюся не ўжываць слова нянавісці – я вучыў сваіх дзяцей не карыстацца гэтым словам – але я hatred шкодна.
Я так паважаю сінія і фіялетавыя паясы, якія там вучаць джыу-джытсу. Яны не робяць грошы, яны, напэўна, працуюць рэгулярна, і яны распаўсюджваюць слова. Я даю гэтым хлопцам вялікую заслугу, і мне не падабаецца чуць, як іх крытыкуюць толькі з-за іх рэйтынгавых паясоў.
Ваш найбольшы страх?
У мяне няма велізарнага. Калі што, не быць здаровым і трэба спыняць спорт. У дзяцінстве я больш баяўся страціць бацьку, чым страціць сваё жыццё, і гэта адбылося некалькі гадоў таму. На жаль, калі старэеш, пачынаеш чакаць рэчаў, і калі чакаеш, што яны не вельмі моцна баляць.
Як вы вызначаеце шчасце?
Дасягненне. Калі вы дасягаеце мэты, вы шчаслівыя.
Памятаю, шмат гадоў таму я зарабляў шмат грошай на сваім бізнесе, і мой брат зарабляў дастаткова проста, каб заплаціць рахункі, але я заўважыў, што ён шчаслівейшы за мяне! І я падумаў: гэта я хачу ад жыцця? Гэта было, калі я пачаў канцэнтравацца больш на BJJ. Я паляцеў у Боку-Ратон і патэлефанаваў Марчэла Сільвейру, каб паабедаць. Я прыехаў у сваім прыгожым касцюме і дарагой машыне, а Марчэла з'явіўся ў шлёпанках, шортах і кашулі на плячах. Я сказаў, Вы сёння не збіраецеся працаваць? І сказаў: Я толькі што зрабіў.
Я сказаў, Марчэла, гэта гадзіннік пасля абеду! Калі трэба вярнуцца? І сказаў: Не да заўтра вечара і я сказаў ШТО ??
І я падумаў, што-то не так, ён, напэўна, не мае грошай на аплату рахункаў, і мы дабіраемся да яго кватэры, і гэта сапраўды добра, і ў яго добрая машына, і усе яго рахункі акупіліся. І я сказаў: Нешта тут не так, і гэта не ён, гэта я . Таму я сабраў два і два разам, і я сказаў: Вінт гэты .
Такім чынам, вы адмовіліся ад кампаніі?
Не, я не адмовіўся ад гэтага. Упершыню ў жыцці я зламаў, таму я сказаў, што проста буду рабіць тое, што робіць мяне шчаслівым. І я не мог перастаць думаць пра майго брата і Марчэлу, яны сапраўды шчаслівыя, і я не. І я сказаў: Я не буду спрабаваць зарабіць мільён долараў, за што? І гэта было, калі я пераехаў у Вегас. Гэта быў 1999 год.
Калі б вы маглі вярнуцца і зрабіць усё зноў, што б вы зрабілі інакш?
Нічога. Я думаю, што ўсе памылкі, якія я зрабіў, дапамагалі мне. Калі я вучыўся ў маім класе MBA, вы павінны пагаварыць пра сябе, ведаеце, прадставіць сябе ў класе. Я памятаю, як казаў, што быў там толькі па адной прычыне, каб даведацца, чаму ўсё, што я рабіў, было добра, і, вядома, таксама даведацца пра мае памылкі. Памылкі – гэта добра, калі вы іх прымаеце правільным шляхам. Гэтак жа, як адносіны. Я быў жанаты раней, і ад гэтага я даведаўся. Дружбы таксама. Калі хто-небудзь робіць тое, што вам не падабаецца, вы проста не ідзяце, вы паспрабуйце гэта выправіць.
Дзе вы бачыце сябе праз 20 гадоў?
( Смяецца ) Не 20 гадоў, а 20 хвілін! Мая мэта – скруціцца за 10, адпачыць за 5 і скруціць яшчэ 10.
У вас ёсць герой?
У вас ёсць дэвіз?
Два. Няма правільнага спосабу памыліцца. І паўпраўда – поўная хлусня.