Question 3: You play a key leadership role for Gracie Barra. On and off the mat, you are recognized as an exemplary leader. In your opinion and experience, what are the essential traits for someone to become a leader within our team?
I believe that a good leader must lead by example, always willing to listen and help his followers in the difficulties that arise about the accomplishment of specific tasks, as well as in their lives when they allow it. It should also be transparent and objective in your speech, inspire confidence and be worthy of it. Another characteristic that I think is important is to strive to the best of your ability to fulfill the mission assigned to you with discretion and assertiveness.
If you have to choose a word or action to define a good leader, surely that word will be “serve.” Serving those you lead, serving your peers, and serving your leader (if you have one) -- it is not for nothing that the word Samurai means “one who serves,” remembering that serving is not being subservient.
Question 4: You will soon graduate as a Master. What does this milestone in your trajectory mean to you?
It means that a significant cycle has ended (the black belt one), and a much bigger one begins. It is an indescribable honor to be recognized through this track as a Master at and from Gracie Barra, while it is also an immense responsibility. I will do my best to be worthy of this honor and to be able to represent the values of our team as this title determines, taking the legacy of Master Carlos Gracie Jr. wherever I go.