Today we’d like to introduce you to Francisco Sousa.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My name is Francisco Sousa, mostly known in jiu-jitsu as “Netao”. I was born and raised in Copacabana, Rio De Janeiro. Got my black belt under Grand Master Osvaldo Alves, a ninth degree red belt, and director of IBJJF. In 2007 I got my first Tourist Visa just so I could come and compete the first World Championship in the United States in Long Beach, California. In 2010 I was invited to teach in one of the jiu-jitsu gyms in Cleveland, Ohio; where I worked for 1 year.
Later in 2012, when I was already back in Brazil, I was approved to work with jiu-jitsu in the United Arab Emirates for the company Palms Sports. Which I lived there for nearly 7 years. In Abu Dhabi, I had the opportunity to work at the Military Forces and in the Public Schools, where jiu-jitsu is mandatory in ALL Public schools, where I had the opportunity to make a lot of champions.
And for doing a great job in the schools, I was invited to work in a soccer club of Sheikh Diab Bin Mohamed, which he created a Jiu-Jitsu team there, where I was the head coach and had the privilege to travel around the world with them. In 2017, I brought my team from Abu Dhabi to compete at the Grand Slam in Los Angeles, where I met Rodrigo Antunes’s gym. Hollywood BJJ. I trained my team from Abu Dhabi there for one week.
Last month I moved to Los Angeles where I became a business partner of Rodrigo Antunes in Hollywood BJJ.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It was not a smooth road for me, to leave my team, my students and leave Abu Dhabi after living there for 7 years, to start a new business in a different country.
Netao BJJ – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Today I’m a business owner of Hollywood BJJ, where I teach jiu-jitsu classes for kids and adults. In Hollywood BJJ we have a self-defense program for women.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
To me, success is being able to live of Jiu-jitsu and be able to give a good and safe life for my family with the sport that I love.
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