A wrestler representing Brazil at the last Olympic Games (Beijing, 2008), Rosângela Conceição has just added being a Brazilian comic book character to her CV.
With the backing of Companhia Rio-Grandense de Artes Gráficas company, the judo and Jiu-Jitsu black belt now living in Abu Dhabi released a booklet demonstrating techniques and stressing the moral values encompassed in the martial arts.
According to Rosângela, the aim of the initiative was to elucidate the benefits of the sport to the broader public—and children in particular—in an educative manner.
The 36-page booklet also features the history of wrestling and its rules, as well as interactive games aimed at children.
The comic book is being distributed to the public school network in several regions of Brazil, so as to spread the word on sportive martial arts.
In 2011, GRACIEMAG.com pointed out “Zanza”, as she is known in Brazil, as one of the most winning athletes in Jiu-Jitsu World Championship history.
For next year, Rosângela plans to distribute the magazines to the embassies of Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking countries in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to serve the children of the citizens of those nations. Also in her future plans is an outreach project for war refugees sheltered in UN-backed encampments around the Middle East. Another simple mission for a comic book superheroine.