GrapplersPlanet Introduces a very experience and well established Black-Belt, Prof. Marco Costa.
Professor Marco Costa is a Franco Behring Black Belt and competition coach for Team Franco Behring in Toronto, Ontario
1) From who and when did you receive your black belt?
I got my black belt from Master Sylvio Behring and Professor Shah Franco. I received my Black Belt in February 2005.
2) What does it mean, to you, to have a black belt?
Having the black belt means accomplishing a dream that I thought would never be possible. Watching Royce Gracie back in 1993, I could have never imagined that I would one day have a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. It also gives me an opportunity to pass on the art as a professor, witch has provided me with an opportunity to do what I love and teach and coach.
3) In your opinion, what does competition mean to BJJ?
“The mental and physical aspects of BJJ competition will bring your skills to a different level”
What I mean of course, is that competition will teach you to be resourceful and will bring out your best qualities, developing your overall focus and determination, and making a huge difference in your abilities.
4) What other martial arts have you studied?
I have been involved in martial arts for 20 years. I’m a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and I have also trained in Muay Thai for several years. But for the last 10 years BJJ and MMA have been my main focus.
5) Do you have a favorite martial art? why?
I prefer to train and teach BJJ/MMA, however I think every Martial Art has something to offer. I think it depends on the individual and what they are looking for.
6) Do you have a favorite quote or saying?
I don’t have a favorite quote. However I have read many good quotes from many different people. But recently Professor Shah told me a good one. “Never stop your enemy when he is making a mistake” by Napolean Bonaparte
Thank you so much Professor for your time and giving us the privilege to interview you, Oss.