Rafael fights because he loves it, pro Muay Thai & MMA fighter for Tiger and BJJ Black belt. He discusses his philosophies of training and what drives him to compete in the sport of Muay Thai and MMA.
Sponsored fighter at Tiger Muay Thai and Assistant MMA/Bjj coach
A Film By Stuart Cooper
Wasim training muay thai at Elite boxing in Bangkok getting ready for hes next fight in Cambodia, here a little bit of hes padwork and clinching with Thai Trainer!
s MUAY Thai training in Thailand it is always good experience everyone come here have notorious improvement . My MUAY THAI trainers at Tiger Muay Thai fighters ring are very estrict and they push me training together as partner training. Phuket MUAY thai Rafael lopes pinto back training at Tiger Muay Thai & MMA training camp Phuket-Thailand.
Brazilian Top Team Phuket
Very good routine i have here in Phuket eating more healthy food, training everyday and going to bed every night around 10 pm, Morning session for today 1 hr of cardio before Brazilian jiu-Jitsu class with Fernando Maccachero at Brazilian Top Team Phuket Tiger Muay Thai, still all the same at bjj morning class, Fernando showing amazing stuff, hes very complete and experienced teaching, im redoing my game and skills with him, hes my inspiration and i want learn as much as i can.
Training for me is very serious, i haven’t been training a lot last 4 months, i expected to fell a lot more tired when i come back to Thailand but not i am doing well of course you lose cardio and get slow on your mind. but wont take me long to get back in that shape.
Last week was very busy in malaysia with Bjj training and seminar to run ! i was at leverage jiu jitsu where we have NoGi seminar, Caboco is a new gym in malaysia and have a brazilian guy called Cristiano who teach capoeira and do Bjj classes, we have good time at Kuala Lumpur thank you guys for the hospitality. Now in Thailand back in training at Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Training Camp Phuket Thailand. MUAY THAI sessions still hardcore but I am in shape ! Next week Bjj sessions and seminars coming around Bangkok ! This tour seminar I will be in 8 different gyms in Asia in 3 weeks time and going good so far!
Training brazilian jiu jitsu again finally. I am in Malaysia right now training at Leverage Bjj where the head Bjj coach is Brazilian jiu jitsu Marcos Escobar and he’s assistant Bjj coach Aaron purple belt, I am staying here for a week. This Bjj school is the biggest team in Malaysia, the reason is they are always holding seminars with different Black Belts and making their game stronger and smarter, guys like Caio Terra, Jeff Glover, Adam Kayoom MMA Fighter, also been here before. The gym is pure Bjj mentality, and everyone have own goals to reach and learn more about the sport together! I am also learning like I said this guys are holding seminars with many Black Belts every year, some of this Black Belts I never went to a seminar before but now i can pick up some technics, the guys here are also passing me different visions of Bjj game. we are here to explorer best of our self, Changing experience for me is the best way to keep focused on my way of life! Is very good to see old friends getting better in Bjj because we know it is not easy, some kids I meet before are looking like man and fighting like man, the girls are bigger numbers at Leverage Bjj they are taking the space on the matts and training for competitions! Working in Oman I don’t have a strong team yet not enough for partner training what I call human material so here I am taking advantage of the good level Bjj to do my best training sessions in last 6 months, my gym in Oman still new and the sport is not popular out there but with faith in God that torture of having no partner training stop by next year, sending the boys to fight in Abu Dhabi competitions and training with Gi everyday I believe we are going on the right direction! After leaving from Malaysia I will be heading Tiger Muay Thai and posting more videos and pictures about Bjj/ MMA/ Muay Thai training!!!
MUAY Thai Oman :
Teaching here I meet a lot people so far good guys and good team, we work out together everyday, must if the days we go for running to warm up.
When training starts we focus on sparring technic and pad work, Every second day.
Teaching MUAY thai for 10 people alone is very hard for me but I make the best way to keep high level training, sometimes I join the sparring session and clinch, when that happens for me is not about coaching anymore because they told me they want me here so they have opportunity to become a pro fighters, so as a partner training my posture is very different I do beat them up for good, I go very hard sometimes because they need to see what’s real, I told them everyone wants to be a fighter now, is very popular but a lot of people are not ready to fight that’s the true, so I just want them to be ready and prepared mental and physically.
Other reason why I do sparring with them harder sometimes it is just because sometimes we have guys training in different gyms who come to our club to test they’re skills and talk shit like happens everywhere, what I mean is we are not training for them but with they come here and beat up my kids I won’t like, is more like a Dad lesson I kill my students inside of the gym so anyone can touch or hurt my babies( students).
I am very close to my students and I am sure the are becoming stronger and stronger. What doesn’t kill you make you stronger?
The MUAY training here is serious in Oman but only at our gym, the other gyms around only they can fight is karate and taewkondo, and they still trying to prove they can fight, soon or late we will have to fight them or anyone in this country who said they can fight.
We already can see some changes, the MUAY thai session I run we improve every week sometimes improve technic, mental game, cardio … Some how we are very behind still but we are following all the steps slowly to grow bigger the best we can !!
This amature boxing match is one of the fights from 3MAC’s Ramadhan challenge. The fight was between Musa Al Harthy and Ali Fajwani which went all three rounds and the judges decided a winner. MUAY Thai@ Oman:
Ali who is an assistant coach at Muscat mixed martial arts club has been training muaythai and mma for a few years in australia, thailand and now in oman and musa is one of his best training partners they train everyday together and sparr almost on daily basis. When they were matched up by 3MAC’s head coach Rafael Lopes Pinto they were very pleased to go against each other in an amateur boxing fight and they put on an exciting show.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Oman: Bjj class
Today we practicing what we call variation for Peruvian neck tie :
Training for when my opponent from side control push with help of hes feet to get enough space for under hook and turn for take down.