by Ivan Canello – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly.com’s Ivan Canello sat down with Chute Boxe’s Master Rafael Cordeiro to discuss the camp’s recent move into the American market.
MMAWeekly: How would you describe the structure and the level of the Chute Boxe USA Camp?
Rafael Cordeiro: We are very happy with our new home, which comes to add the USA, which has a very good support for the athletes. With our combined experience, it has everything to – in a short period of time – make several champions. The camp is located in a very good place on Beach Boulevard and Garfield in Huntington Beach, Calif.
MMAWeekly: What is the main target in the U.S., beginners or advanced and professional students?
Cordeiro: Our classes will be the same as Brazil, separated classes to beginners that have never been in touch with MMA and the professional that wants to add in their game our Chute Boxe ingredients that made great champions through all these years. The Muay Thai classes are led by me and coach Gerson and the Jiu-Jitsu classes are led by Junior Gazzé, who got second place in the Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu Championship. So we have all the qualities needed to build a great champion.
MMAWeekly: Some famous fighters were at Chute Boxe over the last few weeks. Tell us about that. Is there the possibility of a partnership between those fighters and Chute Boxe?
Cordeiro: A couple days ago, Michael Bisping came and did some training with Junior Gazzé to prepare for his next fight and Quinton Jackson came because his coach, Waldomiro Junior, is Gazzé’s master. Waldomiro and Gazzé have a very good relationship and they are together all the time. About the partnerships, everything that is good for Chute Boxe is welcome. Nowadays here in the U.S. everybody wants to train with everybody, and those who want to train at Chute Boxe will need to bring the spirit and they will need to defend our flag and give themselves to Chute Boxe.
MMAWeekly: How do you plan the trade of experience from those athletes that are coming from Brazil to train at Chute Boxe in the U.S.?
Cordeiro: They will come to train with me for their next fights. They are all my students and they have my formation, which is from Master Rudimar, and that formation is passed generation to generation.
MMAWeekly: Who is in charge of the training at Chute Boxe in Brazil since you came to the U.S.?
Cordeiro: I have coached students since I was 16 years old, and today I am 34 years old. Each day I learn more and more because I have never stopped training and the fact that I moved to the U.S. only adds to this background. In Brazil, I had the pleasure to form great champions that all the world knows already and today this idea of building champions came to the U.S. Our goal is to go ahead all the time. Now Master Nilson Castro is the main coach in Brazil, and professors such as Osmar Dias, Fabio Cunha and Cristopher Led. In jiu-jitsu, Cristiano Marcello, Fabricio Werdum, Luis Brito and Jorge Patino Macaco and Luiz Azeredo are building new champions everyday.
MMAWeekly: How do you plan to take care of the training in Brazil, since you are the main coach at Chute Boxe?
Cordeiro: In the first months, I need to be here in U.S. to put the Chute Boxe flag in USA, but we are making a new system with cameras and audio where I will be able to see, listen and talk with everybody in Brazil. They will be training and I will be watching and speaking with them live and I can correct something if I need to. And by this video I can talk to my friends and students at the gym. It’s pretty cool.
MMAWeekly: How do you see this year for Chute Boxe?
Cordeiro: This year is the year of the results. In Jesus’ name, we are doing such good work and we are getting stronger and stronger as men and fighters, and each one of us are feeling that we need to give ourselves, where our hearts are our treasure.
MMAWeekly: Anything you would like to say in closing?
Cordeiro: I would like to say thank you very much to MMAWeekly. It is an excellent website and many thanks for the space. And to all the MMA fans, try to work on your dreams and become a better person each day. Think always in the good for all and let God guide your life because there are no impossible dreams for Jesus. Good luck in your choices!