An Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu | ANDRE “DEDECO” ALMEIDA


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As many of you know, I’ve immersed myself in training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu over the past 3-4 months and, although, I’m only getting started on this path, I can see how beneficial and valuable it is to train in martial arts.

Today, I have the honor of talking with André Almeida (he simply goes by “Dedeco”), a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelt who has been practicing for over 30 years. We talk about his rocky past in Brazil, how Jiu-Jitsu saved his life, what to look for when getting started on your own path, and the mindset needed to be a successful Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.


  • Watching from the sideline
  • Experiencing variances in life
  • Learning opportunities
  • Growing up in Rio de Janeiro
  • Building self-confidence
  • First-class mentorship
  • Relocating to America
  • How to get involved in Jiu-jitsu
  • Helping others grow
  • The importance of lineage
  • Basic starting points for beginners
  • Learning through vulnerability
  • The power of a small arsenal
  • Developing your style


Today, I have the honor of introducing you to my friend, Dedeco. Dedeco and I met last year at Origin’s Immersion Camp and since then, he’s become a friend and a bit of a mentor (although mostly online via social media). And, with as many questions as I’ve received about me starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I can’t think of anyone better to talk with that him. Dedeco has been practicing Jiu-Jitsu for more than 30 years and credits his life to being introduced to the art. He’s a Brazilian National Champion, 3x State Champion, and 2x Pan American medalist.On top of that, he’s one of the most sincere and genuine people that I know and I can’t wait for you to hear our conversation. I hope you enjoy, gentlemen.IRON COUNCIL

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