This past March brothers Saulo and Xande Ribeiro launched their newest project The BJJ Library. With more than a dozen world titles between them, the brothers are arguably two of the top competitors to have ever graced the mats and who continue to compete at the highest levels. As a student of Saulo and Xande’s, I get to experience firsthand their efforts to secure the spread Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu worldwide. Saulo was kind enough to take a few minutes from his busy schedule at this summer’s camp in Rio to speak to PullingGuardZine about The BJJ Library.
Todd Shaffer: Saulo, with all of the material available today on the internet and on DVD—what would you say to the person out there that’s considering BJJ Library? What sets your site, your mission apart from anyone else who might have online content?
Saulo Ribeiro-First and foremost, we are Martial Artists and not marketing people. We are putting our 100% into BJJ Library and we are passionate about it. For us, teaching people all over the internet without having the physical contact is a challenge and we accepted! Our mission is to spread Jiu-jitsu all over the World and keep spreading the Ribeiro Legacy. Also, we bring instructors that we admire like Rodrgio Pagani, Leandro Lo and Terere that can have a positive influence in everyone’s Jiu-jitsu journey.
TS: Your University of Jiu Jitsu text is widely considered one of the classics in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction. Do you think the time for instructional books has passed or do you think there will always be a place for them? How is the teaching process/creative process different making a book versus making your videos? Do you ever see yourself doing another book to follow up on UNIJJ’s success?
SR: Books are never going to be outdated.. A good book can give you a lot information and the real experience from someone like me that has lived, breathed and thought about Jiu-jitsu 24/7. All the mistakes that I had to go thru my career, I break down in UJJ book. Also, I created the book for Jiu-jitsu and was not looking for a payday, so my soul and heart is there. I am currently working on another project that is on the subject of mental toughness and soon you guys going to be able to read it. I am still dealing with the publishers.
TS: Do you yourself ever learn anything watching other people’s videos? If you had access to resources like the BJJ Library when you were first studying jiu jitsu, how do you think it would have changed your development?
SR: I can’t say that I learned, but for sure, other people’s videos gave me good ideas and mindsets that always help my jiu jitsu. I think that If I had access to BJJ Library when I was younger, beside getingt better faster, I would have great instructors from different academies and awesome mentors like Me and Xande, no matter where I lived in the world.
TS: You have long partnered with Xande. What is it like working with others besides Xande like Rodgrigo Pagani, Leandro Lo and Terere and your other ‘guests’ on such a big project?
SR: It is not work, its pleasure! To exchange knowledge with family, close friends and students that love jiu jitsu as much as I do is priceless!
TS: As we head into the second half of the year, the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association has had some strong successes with Xande’s involvement with the Copa Podio and Professor Rafael Lovato’s victory at the Brasileiro. What is next on the horizon for you and the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association?
SR: We had a bad taste in our mouths for not being on the podium as a Team at Masters Worlds last year. Even me and Xande winning double gold is not as important as our gold as a Team. This year we will come stronger with full army and let’s try to win for our LEGACY. Also, I’m going to Brazil next week to lead our Team in the Intenacional Open at the famous Tijuca Tennis Club, place of birth of World Jiu-jitsu Championship.
TS: Saulo, I’d like to thank you for your time. Any last words for your students or fans?
SR: It’s never too late,
It’s never too bad,
You’re never to sick,
And never to old,
To start from scratch
And please check out www.bjjlibrary.com to see what Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu is all about. Thank you.
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