Jackson Sousa shares his powerful life story, from beginning his life in the Favela (slums) in Rio to becoming a decorated champion. He also talks about Terere’s influence on him and for the first time in an interview, he opens up about beating drug addiction. Click “read more” for show notes!SHOW NOTES:

  • Life before Jiu-Jitsu
  • Growing up in Rio’s Cantagalo favela
  • Jiu-Jitsu social projects in Brazil’s favelas
  • Terere’s influence on him
  • Hitting rock bottom with drugs and alcohol and being saved by Jiu-Jitsu
  • How he started his training
  • The training intensity of Ricardo Vieira’s social project in Cantagalo
  • Coxinhas
  • The hunger of athletes who see Jiu-Jitsu as a way out of poverty
  • Absorbing yourself in your student’s progress
  • The Pummel
  • Almost losing his leg to staph
  • The development of his game
  • Keeping up with modern techniques
  • Advice on guard passing
  • Working your “bad side”
  • The value of strength and balancing technique
  • His strength regimen
  • Why he uses Kettlebells
  • His summer camp in Amsterdam