Nov 6, 2020
Today’s guest is Rafael Lovato Jr.
Rafael is a legend Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competitor. He is a lifetime martial artist and the Owner & Head Instructor of Lovato’s School of BJJ & MMA in Oklahoma City. He has achieved nearly everything that is possible in BJJ and is now showcasing his talents in Professional Mixed Martial Arts, with a record of 10-0 (8 finishes).
He is a 4th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and also holds a Muay Thai Black Belt, as well as being the leader of the Lovato Jiu-Jitsu Association.
His bio is amazing, he has been the MMA World Champion in Legacy and Bellator. He has won Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu Titles, been the World Gi Champion, 3x World No-Gi Champion, a 13x IBJJF World Medalist, 3x Pan Champion. Over in Brazil, he went on to become the Brazilian National Champion and the Brazilian National Absolute Champion, and so many more championships and titles.
He was the First person to ever win the IBJJF Grand Slam (2007), the First Non-Brazilian to ever win a major IBJJF Absolute Title (2013). He holds the honor of being the first American to win the Pans as a Black Belt, the first American to win the Europeans as a Black Belt, the first Non-Brazilian to win the Brazilian Nationals and his accomplishments keep going on and on.
In this interview, we discuss his story, his inspiration and influence from his father, his why he has been so successful, competition, developing yourself as a person and as a fighter and so much more. He was a bucket list guest for me and it has been an honor to feature him. I am very proud of this interview and I hope it helps you on your martial arts journey and hitting that next level in your life.
This is my 100th episode and it blows me away to keep attracting amazing guests every week. I would just like to say a massive thank you to you for listening. I don't care if this is your first episode or 100th, I really appreciate you being part of my community, and for joining me on the voyage towards self-development and bettering ourselves compared to who we were yesterday. I couldn't keep doing this without the support of my listeners and their feedback, this podcast has helped and changed my life, and I hope you are getting what you need from it.
And now ... Let's get to the interview.
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