Marcos Cunha talks about professional Jiu-Jitsu: “The market has grown”

TMC leader is preparing a solid structure to support athletes at the IBJJF Brazilian Nationals, in Barueri

Bruno Sena, adult black-belt, is a name on Marcos Cunha's team that promises satisfactory performance this Jiu-Jitsu season.
Bruno Sena and Marcos Cunha celebrate result at the Jiu-Jitsu Pan. Image: @marcosvscunha

The professionalization of sport is a topic that moves professors and athletes today. For the competitor who aims to make a living from Jiu-Jitsu, the current trend of making money with it, on and off the mat, has completely changed the perspective regarding the reality of the past. As for the professor, he can no longer ignore the fact that there are people on the outside, with perhaps better proposals, keeping an eye on his athlete. He has to play fair, put the cards on the table, to avoid disappointments in the future. This is exactly what Marcos Cunha does, leader of TMC, one of the great teams present in the most relevant tournaments on the scene.

“I speak clearly to them about this, how the Jiu-Jitsu market is currently and what they need to be seen. Their posture off the mat, their posture on social media, how they need to publicize themselves, appear in the media with real work and not fake work. If they chose this for their life, they need to be committed and dedicated to the process. If they happen to receive a proposal it’s because the work is paying off, I’m happy with that. If this is going to change the athlete’s life, it’s going to change his family’s life, there’s no reason for me to deprive them of that. I will support this new journey.”, he maturely affirmed to the VF Comunica team.

Marcus Cunha took athletes to fight in the United States for the first time

The Team Marcos Cunha has developed very well in several areas, such as number of athletes, presence in the main competitions and professional mentality. For the Pans, the team brought athletes who had never visited the United States before. Marcos Cunha, one of those responsible for realizing this opportunity, was very satisfied with the result.

“It was a good opportunity to test my athletes, many were arriving in the United States for the first time and, consequently, fighting for the first time in this tournament. I needed to feel the attitude of this athlete fighting in a big event in the USA. My guys are ready, what happened were details that are already being corrected in training. We will arrive even more prepared for the Worlds.”, he analyzed.

Marcus Cunha and his athletes in a Jiu-Jitsu training.
Marcus Cunha and his athletes in a Jiu-Jitsu training. Image: Personal Archive

Bruno Sena, adult black-belt, is a name that promises satisfactory performance this season

One of these outstanding athletes, a promise for TMC in accumulating points in the rankings, is the adult black-belt Bruno Sena, third place in the IBJJF PanAms, in the roosterweight division. “Bruno ‘Seninha’ is very dedicated and committed to the process, he really enjoys studying and even though he’s a roosterweight, he doesn’t put limits on his training. He’s ready for the top.”.

Before the Worlds at the Pyramid, TMC will arrive stronger in Barueri, in São Paulo, to compete in the Brazilian Nationals. The goal is to allow athletes to focus solely on training to compete in one of the most competitive tournaments at international level. Therefore, the team structure is being strengthened.

“We have a very big focus on the Brazilian Nationals, we are renting a house to minimize the athletes’ expenses, with a coach 100% focused on helping the competitors. This way, they can stay completely focused on training. We are setting up a support structure, so that athletes arrive, not only at the Brasileiros, but at other events, with bigger peace of mind.”, he concluded.

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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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