Tiago Fernandes Ramos
Tiago is a jiu jitsu competitor that is visually impaired. Check it out one of his matches below and a little chat with him.
JJCML : TELL A LITTLE ABOUT YOU AND HOW YOU LOST YOUR VISION ?
Tiago : My name is Tiago Fernandes Ramos, I am 23 years old and I from a small town called Periquito / MG in Brazil but today I live in Ipatinga/ MG and I train at the Tokugawa academy.Until I was 9 years old I was a normal kid but at school a teacher noticed that I was not seeing well. I went to the doctor,who said I had to have surgery urgently,but because of bureaucratic problems, I could not do the surgery on time and my retina got detached causing the loss of my vision and I became completely blind at age of 10.
JJCML: HOW WAS YOUR FIRST CONTACT WITH JIU JITSU ?
Tiago : When I was 16 years old I was invited by a friend, also visually impaired, to check it out the academy. At first I didn’t know anything about jiu jitsu but when I got there I met the professor Pablo D`ávila, I trained and he invited me to keep training and be part of his social project. I accepted and don not inter to stop training ever.
JJCML :HOW IS YOUR TRAINING ROUTINE ?
Tiago: In my academy we follow a schedule, which includes all types of training : physical,technical and tactical. I like to train hard, everyday and always look for a extra time to spend on the mat so I can focus on the technique and apply the positions with precision.
JJCML : HOW JIU JITSU CHANGED YOUR LIFE ?
Tiago : Before jiu jitsu I was not sure what I wanted for my life, I was happy living in a small world but I did not have interaction with may people. Once I started training I started to see life differently. The learning of everyday life and the lessons of martial arts contributed greatly to my development as a human being. In addition, jiu jitsu makes me feel included in society because everyone is equal on the mat. Today I know what I want for me and I can say am truly happy.