Interview With Samir Chantre

INSIDE BJJ
There is not a lot of information available about you. Tell Inside BJJ readers how you got started in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? When did you start training? Who did you train under? How long did it take you to receive your black belt? How did you end up on the Gracie Fighter team?

Samir Chantre
I was introduced to BJJ by my brother Dahas Neto when I went to his promotion to yellow belt a long time ago. Today, he is also a black belt. I was nine years old when I first started. It was at Fabricio Jiu-Jitsu academy located in Copacabana – Rio de Janeiro. The academy was very close from where I was living and one year latter I started training at Bolao Jiu-Jitsu Center where my brother trains. When I was 11 years old I stopped training BJJ to play soccer, but then I realized that I couldn’t live without it, and one year latter my current instructor, Alan Moraes from Calrson Gracie Team, had just got promoted to Black Belt and invited me to train under him and I accepted and haven’t stopped since.

INSIDE BJJ
You have a new school Kaizen Jiu-Jitsu opening in Modesto, CA. Can you give Inside BJJ some background on the new school? What made you decide to open a new school? What are the unique challenges between running a school and competing?

Samir Chantre
There are three partners in this business – me and two of my students. My students lived too far from where I currently teach and wanted to open an academy where they live in Modesto so we decided to open an academy together. We will have a very particular program including BJJ and self-defense, I think it is worth it to check it out.

It was always my dream to have my own academy, teach, train and compete. I was doing it all except that I’ve been teaching in an academy owned by someone else. Now I have it all.

I know it is hard to run an academy and keep competing in the high level, but I have my training partners helping me to train and another black belt instructor helping teach so I can offer the best instruction to my students.

INSIDE BJJ
How does a young Brazilian Jiu-JItsu black belt competitor earn a living in order to train and compete on a full time basis?

Samir Chantre
I received my black belt two years ago and God has helped me a lot. I’ve had great results since then. I teach everyday in the evenings and train in the afternoons with others high levels competitors like Caio Terra, Osvaldo Augusto, Flavio Meyer and other friends that live around our area. I’m always going to different states to train with friends like Vicente Junior in Baltimore, MD. Teaching seminars and private lessons around the country definitely helps me too. My sponsors, MKimonos and CTRL Industries, make it easier for me to train and teach as well.

INSIDE BJJ
What is your philosophy on training? The theme of drilling versus sparring has come up a lot lately at Inside BJJ. How do you allocate your training time? What percentage of time should a student spend drilling versus sparring?

Samir Chantre
When I teach I always to stress to my students how important it is to drill. In my classes, we drill twice as much as we spar. As a competitor, I drill to warm up and sometimes I dedicate the entire training day to drilling.

INSIDE BJJ
At the 2011 World’s, you lost a tough match to Ary Farias. What are your thoughts on that fight and your performance overall at the Worlds? At the black belt level, how do you make improvements to your game?

Samir Chantre
The 2011 Worlds was a very good experience for me. I changed my mind in a lot of aspects including how I eat and train. I think I had a very good performance considering that I beat two world champions on my way (Bernardo Pitel and Gabriel Moraes) and lost in a very tough match against a guy who didn’t lose the entire tournament. I ‘m happy with my performance but I’m sure that I can do better next year.

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INSIDE BJJ
ADCC 2011 is coming up in September. What are your predictions? Are there any specific fighters we should keep an eye on?

Samir Chantre
I don’t like predictions because a fight is a fight and anything can happen. The new rule about weigh-ins on the day of ¬†competition is excellent and now we will see the real champions of each division!

INSIDE BJJ
What else are you working on? Anything else you would like to mention?

Samir Chantre
My first academy is opening this month – Kaizen BJJ in Modesto, California. We will offer programs for everyone, fighters, fitness, and self-defense. I’ll be teaching there and would like to personally invite you to come and train with us. You’ll receive high level black belt instruction at all times. I’m ¬†still teaching at Body Architecture MMA in San Jose, California, so you have more options to find me!

Thanks Inside BJJ for the interview.

Thank you my sponsors MKimonos and CTRL Industries for all the support and please check out my website: www.samirchantrebjj.com.

One Response to “Interview With Samir Chantre”

  1. jay says:

    Nice interview, Glad to see some of the guys that are out there and winning huge matches get the publicity they need to keep up the training and competing.

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