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.

Yesterday one of my students here in Oman ask me why don’t you do same us after finishes the class? He means why I told them to do 300 jump knees and 300 sit ups plus 100 push ups. I didn’t say why, I just told him to keep on going.
When we are training here I try to run the class same as what I used to do in Thailand. Everything they training it is what we have to do and how we have to do to become better level.
Basically I copy and follow Thai style putting together with my experience training and fighting under Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Training camp Phuket Thailand.
Training depends only on you how serious you take and how dedicated you are! Follow the Bjj or Muay Thai philosophy isn’t easy with we are in a country where the sport is not popular yet.
Mixed Martial Arts training in Oman still small and amateur but we are working on.
Today was different no one asked me questions about how many sit ups Or anything. Today was also the hardest class we had in 3 months time, before I was training them only in the gym trying to work out on technics and basics, now it is time for them to start running.
Training today:
30 min running before class

Shadow boxing
Sparring 5 rounds
Bag work 3 rounds
Pad work 2 rounds
Clinching 25 min
Jump knees on the bag 300
Push kick on the bag 200
15 min running after class.
Coach or ( couch) was very angry today but the management of the gym promes to bring a babysitter for next class… LMFAO
Rafael Negao life in Muscat Oman


3 months since I left Thailand and move to Oman – muscat and I am really happy here the way things are going. Since I am here until now we put one MMA fighter Ali Mustaq at Desert Force fighting for a space in the reality show 2 months back, a female who’s training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at 3 MAC MMA also represent our gym in the Rome international and European IBJJF, Jonna from Finland take 4 golds total in GI and NOGI competition. Last week we had competition in the gym only for members to put they experience e together and fight another guys in the gym, we had a lot good fights in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu GI and NOGI but only white belts competed. MUAY thai and boxing we matched the fights well, based on weight category and level.
Oman is very good place I am saying that but doesn’t mean it is easy right now, sometimes I fell uncomfortable here because I know the local people respect more who wear dishdasha what is not my case, used to live in brazil and Thailand where you just need a par of shorts and flip flops to go around. Right now in Muscat have no place where you are allowed to drink alcohol or go out for night clubs. Ramadan time is very nice for me living here is very good to see from close their lifestyle , I am learning things about the way they deal with life and religion. Oman is very beautiful place full of mountains, desert and beach and is HOT, way too HOT.
We are making here in this paradise real fighters, we have a lot talents in the gym but they need to open their minds with they want climb higher and fight better to reach Professional level some day, the training we are running here is basically to push everyone together and bring the best of they can do inside the gym. MMA is not popular here and because of that we are the only gym in whole country to have Mixed Martial Arts training Center!
I enjoy been here training, teaching and making MMA more popular, i love training and teaching with now my new friends and students.
Everything is possible for those who don’t know what’s the limit!


Difficult is not a word to describe the moment in my life in any circumstance. I remember when I went to Thailand in 2010 to train at Tiger Muay Thai & MMA training camp I was only heart, without speaking English or Thai language I lived isolated for while, everything was new and exciting moment in my professional life in the same time, first friend I meet was Will Elliot manager of the camp who take care of me at the time with professor Ray Elbe. Training Muay Thai and Bjj meeting friends I Learn slowly how to speak English and communicate better.
Situation now is different I moved from Thailand to Oman to open up new gym with Ali Mustaq my first friend here. Oman is one of the GCC country’s and still have a lot of oil for next 30 years, facilities to live in Muscat we are close to Dubai and Abu Dhabi where I have a lot of brazilian friends and friends I made in Thailand also. At Muscat Mixed Martial Arts Club 3 MAC We training for those competitions like Abu Dhabi world pro is not far from here about 4 hrs driving is easy to get around here. I’m the Head MMA coach here and only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt in the country. The gym will be representing Brazilian Top team flag soon, we are working on that. Now is time for teaching thank you for following my blog! OSS


Training to get a chance at the reality show Desert Force MMA and represent 3MAC Muscat Mixed Martial Arts. One fight one chance to get in the house for a month training and fighting with guys same level as him. Ali’s training basically running, swimming, and sprints for cardio. Muay Thai training, and MMA training 3 times per week, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu only twice a week. Follow us in Muscat Mixed Martial Arts 3 MAC ohoooeeewww


The days of the week are different here and that make me lost I never know when is Sunday for exempla, Thursday and Friday here we have days off different from any other country I have been, must be because the days to pray around the religion. For MMA we will training tomorrow because Ali have fight coming up in 3 weeks time and we can’t have 2 days off right now.