Gustavo “Siri” Pires is a decorated champion and instructor. He talks about appreciating the basics, having a sibling who trains, closed guard and competing against friends. He also talks about competing against Demian Maia and Comprido back in Brazil. Click “read more” for show notes!


  • Origins
  • Having a sibling in Jiu-Jitsu
  • The speed of promotions in the 90’s vs today
  • His nickname
  • Learning from Professor Gordo
  • Appreciating the basics
  • Learning online: The double-edged sword
  • His style
  • Closed Guard
  • The benefits of competing
  • Competing against Comprido and Demian Maia back in the day
  • Competing against your idols and against friends
  • Committing to Jiu-Jitsu for life
  • The Pummel
  • Areas of his game that he still works to improve
  • Why he loves teaching beginners and kids
  • His advice to academy owners
  • White belts and rolling