Afonso “Raphael” Egidio is a Brazilian martial artist out of San Paulo Brazil. He is currently a Jiu Jitsu black belt and holds multiple titles in gi and no-gi competition. In 2011, Afonso won the no-gi Worlds Championship. he repeated that feat the following year.
In addition to competing and teaching BJJ, Afonso also has several MMA fights under his belt. I first met this gentleman in 2007 when I was teaching Muay Thai at the Armory MMA gym in Jupiter Florida. I was immediately taken aback by his humble attitude and impeccable BJJ skills.
In this episode of the podcast, Afonso and I talk about Bjj, strength training for Jiu Jitsu, and how to prepare for competition on and off the mats.