For Ninja Pinto, integrity is worth more than titles: “The most important thing is professionalism”

Ninja Stars International receives reinforcement with different methodologies and new athletes

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Ninja Pinto talks about different aspects that influence the expansion of Ninja Stars International. Image: @ninja_pinto

Ninja Stars International, a Ninja Pinto project that selects competitors for a training program in the United States, is raising more and more resources to grow and appear even more in the competitive Jiu-Jitsu scene. In an interview with VF Comunica, Ninja, the leader, said that the team’s growth is a consequence of good decisions made in favor of development, one of which was the hiring of new professors with their own methodologies.

“We started a very strong season. We have two new professors hired at the academy and in the Ninja Stars project, Renato Nato and Albino Mendes. Both bring great experience in teaching and competition. With their arrival, we can expand our programs and expose students to many different forms of training.”, he shares.

The Ninja Stars family is increasingly numerous with the arrival of new athletes. Thierry Felipe, purple-belt, was a recent addition. Regarding these new faces, Ninja Pinta mentions Gabriel Chaves, a brown-belt who he describes as promising for the new season.

“Athlete Gabriel Chaves promises a lot for this year 2024. Gabriel is extremely technical and very well liked by the other members of the program. He is already part of our English and gym management courses. He helps with classes and also works very well with students,” he highlights.

IBJJF Pans is the immediate focus of Ninja Pinto athletes

The IBJJF PanAms, a major focus for most teams before the same federation’s Gi Worlds, represents a title coveted by Ninja Stars International athletes. According to Ninja, preparation has continued since the beginning of the season, with “three training sessions a day with a lot of drill, dynamics, strength, explosion and resistance.”

Since the topic is winning medals, Ninja Pinto leaves his message on the subject, highlighting that there are other factors that must be prioritized. Professionalism in management, both in planning classes and running the academy, is one of them.

“Many people think that accumulating titles is what is needed to be successful. In fact, the most important thing is professionalism in managing classes and the gym itself. Students need to be received with care. Student safety and integrity are priorities of this focus. Soon after comes the feeling of belonging, if the student does not feel part of the team, part of the group, they will eventually lose the motivation to be in class. To do all this, it is not enough for the professor to just try to pay attention to the students. It is necessary to have a system in place because it is very difficult to do this when the number of students exceeds 100 or 200.”, he explains, clarifying that the management of a gym must be seen as a business, with strategic attention from specific parties that must work together, always for the benefit of students and athletes.

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Written by Emmanuela Oliveira

Emmanuela Oliveira é faixa-marrom de Jiu-Jitsu e formada em Comunicação Social. Dentro do tatame, aprendeu que é possível conjugar Jiu-Jitsu, escrita e o gosto pelas artes visuais em um só pacote.

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