Lael Rodrigues is a highly active competitor and a dedicated teacher at the Novos Sonhos Social Project in Sao Paulo’s most distressed area, Cracolandia. Lael and his project are the focus of Grappling Central’s first short film “The Saint of Crackland”. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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  • Origins
  • Moving from Bahia to Sao Paulo
  • Rugby
  • Starting with Judo
  • His negative introduction to Jiu-Jitsu
  • Celio Silva
  • Meeting Marco Barbosa
  • The hardest aspect of Jiu-Jitsu for him
  • Almost dying as a brown belt
  • Getting his black belt
  • The Pummel
  • Projeto Novos Sonhos
  • Cracolandia
  • Why he feels Jiu-Jitsu is the best art for the kids at the project
  • The success of his first generation of kids
  • Competitions
  • Growing the program
  • His goals