What Motivates You: Augusto Tanquinho Mendes

What Motivates You: Augusto Tanquinho Mendes

Motivation can be describe as a driving force by which humans use to achieve their goals. Everyone in life is driven toward a particular goal. Not matter obstacles they have to encounter, it is motivation that allows an individual to meet those challenges in order to reach the goal they wish to accomplish. The same can be said when it come to practitioners in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

BJJ Legends took the time to have an in-depth conversation with top BJJ and Grapplers in the world to ask them what has kept them motivated through their BJJ journey.  Keep up with BJJ Legends to read the continuing series.

Augusto Tanquinho Mendes

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The biggest and first thing that motivates me to do bjj was competing. I was motivated to see what level I was, competing against people who I had never trained with. I liked seeing that my jiu-jitsu was getting better, so I kept training and entering in the tournaments. Now, what motivates me, besides competing, is teaching classes to my students, especially the kids, since they are the future of the sport. I like feeling that I am contributing to the growth of the sport. The last thing that motivates me is supporting my girlfriend, Mackenzie Dern, because I see how much she dedicates herself to be the champion that she is. With her example, I turn into a better athlete.

Championship Wins Augusto Tanquino:

– Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Champion 2011

– 2 x World Champion BJJ 2000 / 2002 – IBJJF

– 2 place World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi 2010 – IBJJF

– South American Champion 2010 – IBJJF

– South American Champion 2010 Absolute – IBJJF

– 2 x Champion Rio International Open 2009 / 2010 – IBJJF

– Brazilian National Champion 2000 – CBJJ

– 3 x Brazilian National Team Champion 2008 / 2009 / 2010 – CBJJ

– Abu Dhabi trials Lisbon Champion 2011

– 3 x State RJ Champion 2000 / 2008 / 2010

– US Open Champion 2010

– 2 place at the NY International Open 2010

– 3 place at the Pan Ams 2009/ 2011 – IBJJF

– 3x Bronze at the Brazilian Nationals (Black Belt Division) – CBJJ

– 2 place at the Mundial as a Brown Belt 2003 – IBJJF

– 2 place at the Pan Ams 2002 – IBJJF

– 3 place at the XIII US Open 2008

– 3 place at the XIII US OPEN 2008 Absolute

– Champion ADCC Brazilian trials 2004 Campos


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