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#64 Mario Sperry

Surfing, swimming, wrestling, MMA, Judo, and Jiu Jitsu, all sports that take discipline to achieve greatness. Mario Sperry has made discipline his life and achieved a high level of success in each of the previously mentioned sports, most notably, MMA and Jiu Jitsu.

His dedication to discipline was instilled in him first by his Brazilian Air Force Pilot Father, and then by his intense training with the Brazilian Olympic Judo Team. Growing up his life was a bit of a dichotomy. On one hand, he had that discipline and on the other, he had the beach and nightlife of Rio. But Mario was always more drawn to the life of discipline and chose that life over all else.

As a teenager, Mario began his Jiu Jitsu journey with the legendary Carlson Gracie team and would eventually receive his Black Belt from Grandmaster Carlson himself. Along the way, he would become one of the team's greatest competitors and would go on an incredible run of not have an advantage or point scored against him for over ten years. He achieved this feat by bringing the discipline from his Military School years and his formal Judo training into the more casual setting of BJJ. At first, he says his intense training style of always going 100% and drilling moves hundreds of times was thought of as crazy by his Carlson Gracie teammates, but they could not argue with his results and they began to adopt Mario's impressive training style.

Mario took his formal education as seriously as his Jiu Jitsu and earned a degree in economics. But in the mid-1990s when Mario was in his twenties he faced a big decision. He wanted to become a professional fighter and make his living with Jiu Jitsu and MMA. When he told his Airforce Pilot father about his decision to chase his dreams of becoming a fighter he expected his father to be quite upset. However, his father just looked up from his newspaper and told Mario that if that was his decision, that he wanted him to be the best fighter he could be. Mario did just that and eventually became a multi-time World Jiu Jitsu Champion, ADCC Champion, 3x ADCC Superfight Champion. He also beat Jiu Jitsu legends, Roberto "Gordo" Correa, Renzo Gracie, Fabio Gurgel, and was the first person to ever tap Royler Gracie. Mario also went on to have a successful career in Pride FC.

Mario also became an incredible coach and has managed and coached some of MMA's biggest names including the Nogueira Brothers, Luke Rockhold, Rashad Evans, and Alister Overeem. He has also won the IBJJ Super Heavyweight Masters World Championship in 2018. Mario is also an academy owner and entrepreneur and he approaches all of these endevours with the same discipline that has made him such a success in the world of Jiu Jitsu.


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