After being champion of everything in 2011, from the Worlds to ADCC, Gabrielle Garcia (Alliance) had a quick chat with GRACIEMAG.com this week. As topics, her role as a Corinthians athlete, her meeting with Anderson Silva and the plans for 2012.
What will be your role in Corinthians? Athlete & Jiu-Jitsu professor in the academy led by Anderson Silva?
Yes, but they will still make an appointment to set everything right, about the team, schedules, and how I will make part of the club. The board and Corinthians are investing heavily in the fighting, and this will open many doors for Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil. I hope to continue winning with the new shirt, and I will dedicate myself even more to honor the club’s shirt.
How was the press conference at the club? Did your years of experience being interviewed by GRACIEMAG help?
Of course! It was very rewarding to spread the word of female Jiu-Jitsu in the company of Anderson Silva. This is recognition after years of work, and I hope it is just the beginning. With Corinthians and other Brazilian soccer clubs investing in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA athletes, I feel it will be good for us all. GRACIEMAG has always helped me and still does it, is our biggest display and one of the largest media of our sport.
What is your next appointment wearing a gi?
I went through troubled phase in my life this holiday season. I have lost a loved person in September (her brother) and was full of bruises, at least everything came at the end of the season. I’ll come back with full force in the training, with more gas and more skills next year. I’ll fight during Abu Dhabi trials, in Rio de Janeiro, and everything else yet to go on. I wanna win the Word Professional JJ Championship in Abu Dhabi and the World Championship 2012, weight category and absolute, and I will devote a lot for this. I know I’ve been only collecting great results only because I devoted myself, and I want to stay on track. I know that 2012 will be even more complicated because the girls are studying a way to beat me. But I can already promise a change, you will see a new Gabi in 2012!