Renan Vital: Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, Practitioner and Referree

When not training, teaching or competing himself, Renan Vital participates as a jiu-jitsu referee for the NABJJF/SJJIF.  Immersing himself into the art, Renan is constantly evaluating his own jiu-jitsu game, researching techniques on the mats and feeding his students with learning experiences. As Renan waited for his next match to referee, I had a brief moment to speak with him.

It’s nice seeing you, what are some things you would like to share about your own jiu-jitsu?

I’ve been training very hard with the RDA Team, VilanovaBJJ, with my Friend Alberto Vilanova, doing my conditioning at the Sports Academy HQ with Coach Jake Miller, who pushes me to another level. Also I continue to practice my capoeira with Mestre Batata at the Capoeira Besouro L.A.

Watching all these fights, any thoughts that come to mind about competition?

I believe that you need to give yourself at least three to four months of hard training prior to any jiu-jitsu tournament. You need to train not only your body but get yourself in the right state of mind. Increasing your jiu-jitsu sessions, but it is also very important to listen to what your body needs. Spirit, mind and body need to work as one. Also, always get feedback and use the advice your BJJ instructor gives you.

Renan Vital Referee

Before you go referee, any last comments?

I would like to Thank God, for giving me the strength to keep going, my family, friends my sponsor Break Point FC for providing the best gear and teammates Gordo BJJ who supported me with everything I need. I’m thankful for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and all the great things happening in my life because of the art.

Renan Vital became SJJIF World Champion in the absolute division. You can learn more about Renan by following him on instagram@renanvitaljj

By: Santiago “Santi” Zepeda

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