To Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) champion, Zorobabel
'Zoro' Moreira Jr, training is a continuous
process of physical, mental, emotional and
Zorobabel Moreira Jr, is a champion of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, commonly known as the
Mundials. He has more than 18 years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and has won numerous
regional and national titles in Brazil. Venturing into Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Moreira Jr has added
muay thai, boxing and wrestling to his repertoire. He admits he has much to learn from these disciplines.
"In MMA, BJJ is proven to be the best ground-fighting skill - and it's my strength. Muay thai is the
best striking skill. I have much room for improvement in this, though," he says. "Combining these two
forms is both a physical and intellectual challenge."
Zoro, as he's also known to his teammates at Evolve MMA, views his training as a continuous process
of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self-improvement. "Through my training, I have gained
confidence, discipline, focus, mental strength, respect and an unbreakable will," the Brazilian says.
"When it comes to training, consistency is the key."
He trains six days a week to develop cardiovascular and explosive strength, agility and flexibility.
Below, he outlines part of his training philosophy.
HAVE A FIXED PROGRAMME
Zoro trains for two hours each session. "On a typical training day, I would do two sessions, sometimes
three," he says. That's four to six hours of training. "Each two-hour session starts with a 30-minute
run, then skipping rope for 15 minutes, shadow boxing, 10 rounds of pad work and bags, then sparring
for a few rounds, followed by heavy bag work for the knees and, finally, 300 push-ups and 300 sit-ups."
"There are days that I don't feel like training. But even then, I grit my teeth and stick with the
programme anyway," says the Evolve MMA fighter. "It's about your mental strength. I'm a professional
fighter; laziness is not an option."
To him, this is the level of discipline required of martial arts. "Over time, if you're able to ignore that
lazy voice in your head, you'll quiet it completely."
ADD STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
At a competitive level, a proponent of BJJ and MMA will add strength and conditioning sessions
to supplement his training. "There's an MMA-specific circuit that I do, which involves kettlebell training,
pounding a heavy bag on the floor, rubber band running, pad work, medicine ball exercises and
explosive jumping drills. I also lift weights twice a week," Zoro says.
WORK WITH THE BEST
Knowing his strengths and limitations is integral to the process of improving himself, he declares. "To
go further - to be the best - I train with the best so that I can improve in my weaker areas," he says.
His coaches from Evolve Mixed Martial Art are world champions, too. These men give Moreira Jr
different perspectives on the areas that he can improve. "I rely on their input. They help to develop
my game plan and I implement it."
Being a hothead in martial arts will not help you. In spite of his deadly fighting skills, Moreira Jr
displays a mild-mannered disposition. "On the contrary, one of the greatest qualities to have in BJJ or
any martial art is humility," he says. "That's how I continue to learn and improve my skills - by keeping
an opening mind and being able to accept what people can teach me."
Catch Zorobabel 'Zoro' Moreira in action at the upcoming ONE Fighting Championship event on March
31st at Singapore Indoor Stadium