interview with the italian brazilian jiu jitsu champion
I had the honor to meet Serena Gabrielli in occasion of the Messina Jiu Jitsu Summer Camp, held together with his professor and partner Andrea Verdemare.
2015 World Champion, European Champion and London Open gold medalist as a brown belt, 2016 European and World medalist as a black belt, but the list of international medals does not end here!
Moreover, Serena was the first woman competitor to bring the Italian flag on the World championships in California.
Nonetheless the lightest of the academy and at the competitions, with her rooster weight, she conquered jitzeiros and jitzeiras of all sizes with her wonderful jiu jitsu and with her incredible strength and vigor.
Today for Around the JU she answered to some questions:
There have been many bad moments in which I felt discouraged [...] I overcame them thanks to the aims I was giving myself that after every defeat I was bringing back to the academy [...] and my professor who always believed in me even when I was the one starting not to.
It's logical though that when competitions are getting closer, an athlete chooses his specific sparring partners, without taking anything away from the examples above-cited. About the matter, I think it's wrong to separate men and females classes. I believe instead that it's really worthwhile to add classes dedicated just for women in order to analyse some specific aspects or to use it as an occasion for some sparring 'in pink'
The idea of Around the JU is continuing to discover and share the mat of any academy of the world, despite teams and affiliations, adopted firstly by the BJJ globetrotters.
I believe the lines that divides a Globetrotter form a Creonte is not thin, but huge! I say that because, for as much as I know, the globetrotter travels the world training in various academies, but still having a team to which he belongs. The Creonte instead is a mean world to talk about the student who decides to change team in a disloyal manner. It's a nasty word, that personally I don't like, because anyway it highlights an obsolete and gone view of jiu jitsu.
I believe everyone who wants to make of jiu jitsu his career has to commit to it 100%, believing to make this dream a reality day after day. I can admit this is not easy and bad times happen to anyone, but if you insist and keep fighting for it sooner or later you will find your way.
We want to wish Serena the best for her aims and career and we wish to meet her soon for some seminars here in Ireland too!
Thank you again for this opportunity and for the advice, encouragement and sparring during the summer camp!
For those interested to meet this champion, Serena teaches and trains at Flow Jiu Jitsu Academy in Rome: