Antônio Tenório and Max Trombini

Completely blind due to his retinas becoming detached as a child, Antônio Tenório surmounts any hardship in his way. Proof of it is in his results on the mat, having won the 100 kg division of the Paralympics four times.

The fighter has won gold ever since the Atlanta Games of 1996. To repeat the feat at London 2012, Tenório decided to brush up on his ground game. To do so, he went to practice Jiu-Jitsu at Cia Paulista, an academy led by Master Max Trombini, also a black belt in judo.

“He trained with us on Wednesday, with the competition team. The guy’s a beast at passing guard, but there’s still work to be done on his guard game. He said he’ll be back to train with the team, which makes us really proud,” remarks Max.

The team