At this years ADCC competition, Rob SPIDER DI Cenzo stepped on the ADCC mats for the first time,
The grappling scene worldwide is growing and growing all the time. At the recent ADCC competition in Long Beach, the world's best grapplers met and fought and battled hard. With names like Vieira and Gracie and Jacare all winning the titles as expected. But what is never expected are the alternates or up and coming fighters to do so well in the competition. Last ADCC a 3rd round alternate named Marcelo Garcia amazed everyone by winning the event and gaining praise for his technical skills.
At this years ADCC competition, Rob SPIDER DI Cenzo stepped on the ADCC mats for the first time, and was able to make it to the semifinals and gain a fourth round finish. Although he did not win his division, he was able to display his technical level and submit the highly skilled Alberto Crane and also defeat Gilbert Melendez (who defeated Baret Yoshida).
For SPIDER's fans back home in Canada, not too many were surprised but rather just happy for the soft spoken grappler who has been tearing up the Canadian grappling circuit everytime he has competed.
BALEIA)Rob, how long have you been training BJJ and where do you train?
SPIDER) I've been training for about 9 years now. I train @ Toronto BJJ with my trainers Joey Scardamaglia, JP Callipo and Wagenny Fabiano.
BALEIA)How did you first get started into BJJ?
SPIDER) My friends started training before me. They used to have matches after school on the soccer field. I watched a couple matches then Jumped in. After my friend kicked my ass, I asked him where I can sign up.
BALEIA)How did you end up geting into the ADCC?
SPIDER) I got an invite 4 days prior to the tournament as an alternate.
BALEIA)What was your experience like there and how did it feel to take on ADCC champ Leo Vieira?
SPIDER) For me it was an amazing experience. I thought it was pretty cool how all these world class fighters all have there own way of warming up and getting in the zone before the matches. I felt
pretty calm fighting Leo Viera. He is the one fighter I really wanted to test myself agianst. I lost the match but I did some good things during that time.
BALEIA)Were you at all nervous at the tournament?
SPIDER) I was most nervous in my first fight with Alberto Crane. Every fight after that I felt more and more comfortable and I was able to focus on my game.
BALEIA)Did you learn anything from your ADCC experience?
SPIDER) I learned a lot of things that weekend. I tried to pick up as much as I could from the other compeditors. I learned how to cut the weight properly and how to prepare myself mentally before a match. That weekend also made me realize how important conditioning is.
BALEIA)Who impressed you the most at ADCC?
SPIDER) Marcelo Garcia hands down. He's always looking for the finish and he constantly pushes the match.
BALEIA)Where did you get the nickname Spider?
SPIDER) I got the Name Spider when I first started BJJ because I was very flexible. I was always stuck in these wierd positions. First they called me Spaghetti man, then Slimmer until finally Spider.
BALEIA)Do you have any plans to enter MMA in the future?
SPIDER) In terms of MMA, I can't give a definate yes or no. I just have to see what options are available to me.
JUST WANT TO THANK THE KARMABOYZ (JOEY, JP, ROCCO, 'CELLO, DOM AND TEXAS JOE), WAGENNY FABIANO, LEO SANTOS AND ADRE PEDERNERES.