Guilherme Augusto explains decision not to fight the Worlds Nogi

Alliance black belt talks about work as a head coach and plans to return in 2024

Guilherme Augusto comemora ao vencer luta no Pan Nogi. Foto: Lael Rodrigues
Guilherme Augusto celebrates winning a fight at Pan Nogi. Photo: Lael Rodrigues

Guilherme Augusto has had a successful career in Jiu-Jitsu and chose to venture into nogi this season. He has achieved significant results, including a bronze medal at the Pan Nogi in October. As well as being a high-performance athlete, Guilherme is the leader of Alliance Arkansas and balances both roles.

Guilherme will not be taking part in the Nogi World Championships, scheduled for December 7-9 in Las Vegas. In an interview with VF Comunica, Guilherme explained his decision not to take part in the IBJJF event.

“So it was a very difficult decision for me because this is the first time I’ve opted not to fight due to injury. Today I combine my life as a competitive athlete with being the head coach of an Alliance Academy. We recently moved to a new address and the workload has tripled. Also, the fact that I wasn’t 100% for this competition made me decide not to fight,” said the black belt.

Guilherme comments on working with a Jiu-Jitsu professor

The Alliance representative said that he has been teaching for more than a decade, but emphasized that he is taking on the role more efficiently.

“I started teaching Jiu-Jitsu when I was 17, still as a purple belt, but today it’s a totally different job because I’m a head coach. I feel I’m mature enough to reconcile the two in an intelligent and productive way. So I feel that this was once a problem, but today I take it much better,” said Guilherme.

The year 2023 marked Guilherme’s return to the podium of the main Jiu-Jitsu events, such as the World Championships, and the start of a promising journey in no-gi. In this way, he evaluated his own performance on the mats.

“The season was incredible, I got good results from all the championships I took part in. So I can’t wait for the 2024 season,” Guilherme enthused.

Guilherme analyzes Meregali vs. Preguiça

The Brazilian public is eagerly awaiting the fight between Nicholas Meregali and Felipe Preguiça, scheduled for December 10 at UFC Fight Pass Invitational 5. So, Guilherme took a guess and analyzed the technical match-up.

“It’s always good to watch a fight that’s getting a lot of attention in the media. I don’t have any fans, but if I had to bet, I think Meregali has the edge and will win at the pace of the fight. Preguiça has a good rhythm and it’s complicated to put positions on him, but Nicholas’ rhythm in the offensive game is different,” said Guilherme.

Next goals

The Alliance black belt projected his next goals and guaranteed that he will dedicate himself to competitions with and without the gi next year.

“I’m 100% focused on the gym and I’m going to start working with and without the gi again in 2024,” concluded Guilherme.

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Written by Gabriel Almada

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