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Unraveling Brasileiros: Doederlein's Secret To Competing Well In Brazil

Unraveling Brasileiros: Doederlein's Secret To Competing Well In Brazil

One of few Americans to win Brasileiros at the black belt level, Isaac Doederlein explains his plans to return to Brazil for an rare feat, a second title.

Apr 24, 2023 by Carlos Arthur Jr.
Unraveling Brasileiros: Doederlein's Secret To Competing Well In Brazil

A black belt World Champion in 2022, Isaac Doederlein is geared up to hunt for one of the most special titles in his career: The gold at the IBJJF Brazilian Nationals. The Alliance athlete arrives in São Paulo aiming to become a two-time champion in the event, an accomplishment only once prior by an American (Rafael Lovato Jr).

Considered by many as one of the most difficult jiu-jitsu tournaments in the world, the Brazilian Nationals has some defining characteristics familiar to Isaac. A pupil of Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”, Isaac talked to us about those traits from the point of view of an American athlete that has conquered both Brasileiros and Worlds titles.

I think what especially makes it different is the atmosphere of the venue, and the crowd making it more exiting, Isaac told FloGrappling. "I do think this is a tough question to answer, because every division is different and it just depends on who signs up! But overall I believe there will be no easy rounds as everyone in Brazil is really tough!

To reach the gold, Isaac promises a strong performance on all fronts to surprise his opponents with a new, more aggressive style.

"Although I’m still a technical athlete, I’ll bring a more well-rounded game to the Brazilian Nationals. Top or bottom, I’m not scared to fight aggressively and take risks. I’m a different person every time I get on the mat, so you can expect an even better version of myself in Brazil.”

In addition to a winning record, Isaac’s perseverance is one of his most emblematic traits. His world title at black belt, for instance, came only on the seventh attempt. His trick to keep an unwavering resolve, as it turns out, is simple:

"I'm always challenging myself with different situations and techniques, almost like a puzzle. This constant work focused on evolution feeds my passion for Jiu-Jitsu and keeps me from burning out. Regardless of what outcomes I’ve had in the past, my focus is always on winning.”

With little more than two weeks to go for the Brazilian Nationals, the anxiety is even greater. However, His expectations are divided between the hunger for the gold and another hunger that only those who compete in Brazil can understand.

"I love the atmosphere and passion at Brazilian competitions, but nothing beats açaí. I'm going to cut extra weight just so I can eat more.”

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