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Pedro Carvalho


         One look at Pedro Carvalho's list of instructors and training partners, and you know he has been around the block a time or two... not to even mention the prestigious competition titles he has won. He has competed in such events as Campeonato Atlantico Sul De Jiu-Jitsu, Copa Rio De Jiu-Jitsu, Campeonato Estadual De Jiu-Jitsu, and Torneio Rolls Gracie De Jiu-Jitsu. When Pedro Carvalho speaks, he speaks with obvious authority and experience.

        He also has a 3-part series of instructional videos on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that have been applauded as one of the best on the market.

        In this interview, Mr. Carvalho shares with us his views on Mixed Martial Arts, the role of martial arts instructor, and his background and legacy.

        If you would like to find out more about Pedro Carvalho, be sure to visit his website at:

[Martial Direct] It says in your bio that you first started training in Tae Kwon Do. How long did you study?

[Pedro Carvalho] I trained a few months in Tae Kwon Do, but it wasn't what I was looking for. The style required too much energy and I got too little in return. I wanted more… something more effective, something that would work better with bigger opponents.

[MD] Did you go straight from Tae Kwon Do to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Or did you try any other arts first?

[PC] Right after I was done with Tae Kwon Do, I got involved with Jiu-Jitsu.
[MD] You say that Tae Kwon Do was not effective enough for you and it required too much energy. You were only 14 or 15 years old, right? What was it, at that time, that made you think Jiu-Jitsu was more effective?

[PC] Well, Tae Kwon Do requires strength and I wanted a style that would give me tools to defeat bigger opponents, and in Jiu-Jitsu I found all of them.

[MD] Were you at one time a member of the Carlson Gracie team?

[PC] Yes, I was on Carlson's team for a while. I got good experience, but the environment wasn't what I expected. I competed for Carlson for a while and I decided to move on.

[MD] I'm sure you don't want to downgrade anyone, but what do you mean by, "the environment wasn't what I expected"?

[PC] What I mean is that their goals were different than mine. I wanted to become professional at it. There, they wanted to keep you in the same belt forever so you can give a name to the school, and I don't think that is correct by the rules of the federation. You win two tournaments, you are ready for the next level. So therefore I did not agree with it.

But I'm not downgrading anybody as you said. I don't believe in that. You will not see me ever doing that.

[MD] Do you still compete in BJJ tournaments?

[PC] Yes, you will see me pretty soon in some events. Nothing scheduled so far.

[MD] Are we talking Jiu-Jitsu events or Vale Tudo/Mixed Martial Arts?

[PC] Sport Jiu-Jitsu.

[MD] What's your opinion of the current state of Mixed Martial Arts events such as the UFC, Pride, and King of the Cage?

[PC] As far as those events, I don't even watch them anymore. They have become a joke. A lot of cheating, low pay, fighters not really sticking with their arts. The majority are taking Jiu-Jitsu and claiming that their style is better. Why do they cross-train? Look at how Royce got robbed! Guys also taking steroids… bad attitude… you name it.

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