Friday, March 11, 2011
WORLD CHAMPION AND STRIKINGLY HANDSOME RAPHAEL MENDES SPEAKS.
Raphael Mendes will break you. Don't let his boyish good looks fool you. He often times uses Blue Steel to mesmerize his opponents, and then takes their arm home with him. For the unaware, Raphael is a 21-year old BJJ world champion, most known for bringing recognition to the now famous 50/50 guard and dethroning BJJ legend Cobrinha at 2010 Worlds.
He is also part of the freakishly good Atos Team. These Atos guys are too good - thinking about it affects my self esteem. All of them are in there early twenties and combined they have a seemingly countless number of accolades and titles. Watching them fight and train makes me feel old, fat and lazy. I still tell people my greatest life achievement is winning BoyzIIMen tickets in 8th grade. True story.
Watch as Steve Kardian talks to Raphael about Raphael's recent seminar and trip to New York, as well as his background and many titles.
The interview is a little pedestrian and meanders a bit, but we'll take all that we can get. Enjoy while I try to hold back tears of self pity.