Evandro Nunes is a trainer at the world-famous Gracie Jiu-Jitsu University and has earned several world championship Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu medals.
His mindset toward fighting began forming while being raised by a tough Brazilian father who instilled strong, traditional values in him.
“If you see injustice toward you, or someone else, you stand up for it,” Evandro’s father taught him. “If you’re wrong, you apologize, but if you’re right, you fight for it.”
Evandro was born with a firm sense of right and wrong, but it was his father’s lessons that reinforced those instincts.
“It only made sense. If I’m right, I should win,” Evandro said. “The good guy wins and the bad guy loses, just like in the movies.”
That instinct led him into a lot of fights as a kid, many of which were with his brother, who was four years older.
“My brother and I fought a lot,” Evandro said, “but I still remember the first time I won.”
In this fight, Evandro was only seven years old and thought he could not possibly defeat his much-larger sibling.
“He punched me in the shoulder, and I fell on the floor crying,” Evandro said.
Evandro’s brother pushed him down four more times and then demanded that he stay on the ground.
“I remember feeling that I was right, so I should not lose,” Evandro said. “I was willing to go as far as it took to defend my ground.” Continue reading “Evandro Nunes – developing self-confidence, dealing with bullies, and finding inner peace”