Walking into my first BJJ class was one of the most intimidating things I’ve ever done. I really didn’t know what to expect and it had been 20+ years since I had done any type of grappling. I’ve trained a little in other disciplines over the years but this was different. In my mind this was the sport where you have to get down on the mat and get put in some really uncomfortable positions by someone that could severely injure you in the blink of an eye! I was nervous and worried that I would look like a fool. It turns out I was worried over nothing and I really didn’t understand the sport at all!
As I mentioned I was really nervous and intimidated to step into my first class. The second Fabio started his class that all went away. You can tell that he’s trained a lot of people over the years. He has a very relaxed attitude and has a way of making you feel comfortable in the class. He knows when to push you and when it’s time to take a break. He knows when you’re picking up on the techniques and when you’re not, all by just observing. If he notices you struggling he has a subtle way of working himself in with you so you don’t feel singled out. I’ve had teachers/coaches in the past that get frustrated very quickly when you don’t understand their methods of teaching, this is not the case with Fabio.
Fabio stays calm and he takes the time to go over the movements so that you can capture what he’s demonstrating. He’ll go over the techniques from many angles so the entire class can see and ask questions. After he demonstrates a technique he’s more than willing to check up with everyone to make sure they’re performing it correctly. He works the movements enough so that you’ll retain them but not too much where you’re burnt out. Some of the moves can seem very complicated but Fabio makes sure that you understand them by building the technique from the ground up. I personally thought that I’d never understand some of the moves after my first 15 minutes and was laughing about how easy they had become to me after the class was over.
It’s very clear that Fabio is very knowledgeable and has a lot of training experience. His methods are top notch and so is his attitude. He’s very friendly and approachable. He’s the kind of guy you meet and after 10 minutes you feel like you’ve known him your entire life. He’s very passionate about BJJ and it shows. I’ve learned a lot from him and I hope I get several more opportunities to train with him over many years to come.