Fernando Margarida – 101 The Complete Lesson

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Fernando “Margarida” Pontes was the first black belt to win two different classes at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships in 2001. His dominance over the sport was unparalleled. Margarida demonstrates the characteristics of a champion in this DVD series, including his attention to detail, meticulous approach to the fundamentals, and fighting and training philosophy. Learn from a competitor who has dominated the sport entirely. This two-lesson set covers escapes and guard opening techniques and is a must-have for any serious grappling competitor. Fernando “Margarida” Pontes was the first black belt to win two different classes at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships in 2001. His dominance over the sport was unparalleled. Margarida demonstrates the characteristics of a champion in this DVD series, including his attention to detail, meticulous approach to the fundamentals, and fighting and training philosophy. Learn from a competitor who has dominated the sport entirely. This two-lesson set covers escapes and guard opening techniques and is a must-have for any serious grappling competitor. 1) Evasion 2) Unlocking the Closed Guard 3) Contributions Author: Fernando Margarida Fernando Pontes, better known in the Jiu Jitsu community as Margarida, is a former World BJJ Champion in both his weight class and the open weight division. His lively and combative approach, as well as his irreverence on and off the mats, helped him become one of the most respected grapplers in the early 2000s. Margarida is a Portuguese nickname that means “Daisy.” When he first began training at Fabio Gurgel and Fernando Yamasaki’s academy, he was given the moniker. During the Carnival season, Margarida requested that his dentist change the elastic bands on his braces to new colors (in theme with the festive season). Fabio Gurgel felt it was so amusing when he showed up to the gym that he christened him Daisy. Principal Accomplishments (BJJ/MMA/Grappling): • Two-time World Jiu Jitsu Champion (weight and Absolute Divisions 2001) • Three-time Pan American BJJ Champion (1999, 2000, 2001)• Brazilian National Champion (2000) • Two-time World Silver Medalist (2000 weight and absolute) Cross choke, commonly known as Baseball Choke or “Alicate” in Portuguese, is a favorite technique (meaning Pliers choke). Weight Classification: Medio Pesado (88 kg/194.5 lbs). n/a Team/Association Biography of Fernando Pontes “Margarida” Fernando “Margarida” Pontes was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, into a family where nearly everyone worked in medicine. With such a strong intellectual background, it was difficult to see Fernando pursuing a career in athletics, but he did. Margarida’s mother tried to make him practice sports as a child, enrolling him in a Basketball team; however, due to his small stature, Fernando Pontes convinced his mother to let him leave the team, and since “Margarida” had always been somewhat of a nuisance in the streets, frequently picking fights with other kids, his parents agreed to put him in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, as a way to possibly release a little of his antagonism Fernando was just 13 years old when he entered the Academia Formula, the academy founded by Fernando Yamasaki and Fabio Gurgel. Fabio Gurgel left this institution after only a few months to start his own BJJ school. Margarida trained alongside Yamasaki for the next two years before moving to the United States (Washington) to continue his training with another Yamasaki family member, Mario (Fernando Yamasaki’s brother). He trained with Mario for six months before moving to California for greater training and more competition. Fernando Pontes began training with Fabio Santos in Cali and obtained his Purple Belt from Santos (he also received his brown belt from the same Master). His training days in California came to an end when his family returned to Sao Paulo. Margarida hoped to return to his origins with Fernando Yamasaki’s Academia Formula, but in an example of the “bad boy” persona that marked Fernando’s career, he had an incident with the academy’s doorman that ended in a brawl, and Margarida was ejected. Margarida also trained with Nino Shembri for a short period before being asked to leave owing to a dispute between himself and Schembri. (All of this material is accessible in a 2002 interview with Tatame Magazine.) Fernando Margarida returned to the United States, where he trained with his favorite fighter, the famous Rickson Gracie, whom he always aspired to imitate on the mats. Following his time with Rickson, he returned to Sao Paulo to train with Roberto Godoi and Otavio de Almeida, the men who gave him his black belt in 2000. That year, “Margarida” finished second in both his weight class and the open weight division of the World Championships (Mundial). The following year, he won the Pan Americans, submitting his former coach Fabio Gurgel (who had never been submitted in competition before), and the Mundial, winning both his weight and the open weight event. The years thereafter have been riddled with ups and downs, with relative success in both the ADCC and MMA. Many believe on online forums that his competitive drive faded, owing to the “Playboy” status attained by Fernando Margarida Pontes after achieving recognition in the early 2000’s, as well as the fact that Margarida hails from a rich family and did not need to compete for a living. BJJ Heroes does not pass judgment, and we hope that Mr Fernando Pontes can find it in his heart to return to the mats, since he was one of the sport’s most interesting warriors to watch. Enjoy!

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