Interview with Felipe
How was the beginning in Jiu-jitsu?
I started at 12 years old, actually even before, but only after 12 I started training seriously.
When did you decide to follow a sport career?
After winning the WORLD title, I understood that it was not possible to escape my own fate.
Tell us something about your training for competitions…
I try to train with my teamates from BRASA Jiu-jitsu, which provides me with all technical support, but the aerobic training (as often I have to lose weight). I do seriously throughout the year and intensify it when there is an upcoming championship.
Tell us about championships.
In my opinion, a championship is the fighter’s opportunity to test and develop skills and achieve his maximum. In my career I have had many victories and defeats, but even in the worst phases I never stopped fighting, as we learn a lot from our mistakes.
Have you any superstition or mania on fighting days?
None since I am certain that it will not change my performance at all. I just try to think positively on the days ahead of fights.
Do you take any special care about you nourishment?
Since I fight on galo weight, I need to keep control of my weight. Of course, I sometimes relax, but try to have a healthy and balanced diet.
How was your best fight ?
Several competitions have been important to me, yet, the one that I see as self-enduring was when I was still in purple belt and after a week in bed I fought five times to win the State championship.
How did you get your nickname?
The nickname Magrinho started with Bezinho, but indeed I get so thin before championships that it became a natural association. Magrinho is not my real nickname, though people got used to it after my first world title, when the magazine NOCAUTE wrote an article saying: Felipe Costa takes over Skinny’s throne.
What would you do if you were not a fighter?
This has always been a doubt, so far I don’t know what I would have done if I had not decided to live on the sport. Maybe I would try to be a dog trainer
Which is the difference between Felipe FIGHTER and Felipe on a daily basis?
In fact it is a small difference, maybe the Felipe FIGHTER is more aggressive, or else, I believe that self-determination, optimism and trust mark my life in and outside the tatames.