The Day Ze Mario Came To Icon
I remember watching Pride in 2001 and seeing Ze Mario Sperry on the card. I became an instant fan.
Although at the time, I just trained out of a small club in Norwich with 5 members. The bjj and mma techniques Ze Mario Sperry used greatly influenced our training.
I bought up all his videos and watched his World BJJ and MMA success. He had an air of charisma about him, he was a tough guy, but cool as f**k.
Then, through the effort of my coach, Ze Marcello, I had the opportunity to, not only, go and watch him fight, LIVE, BUT! Train with Ze Mario. Yes, I was totally star-struck.
But it was a great day and memories, that’ll be with me forever.
Jiu Jitsu, is not all about being the tough guy, winning world titles, smasshing stuff.
It’s an opportunity to be the best version of you. Plus! you’ll get to meet others, who have made the best version of themselves.
Instead of sitting at home, watching our hereos on the TV, we have a chance to not only meet them. But to train with them. Getting clock chocked by Ze Mario, is something you’ll never forget.
Today, I still coach my Norwich BJJ Members many of the techniques shown from the day I meet one of my Icons.