Learning From a Mother… How Rodrigo Marello Grew up with Jiu-Jitsu

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Rodrigo Marello opens up about how his mother influenced his Jiu-Jitsu journey before signing with ONE Championship

Rodrigo Marello with ONE championship

Learning From a Mother… How Rodrigo Marello Grew up with Jiu-Jitsu

Rodrigo Marello opens up about how his mother influenced his Jiu-Jitsu journey before signing with ONE Championship

Location: Orlando, FL.

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

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The Marello family has its roots based in Jiu-Jitsu, “I would say my childhood was perfect,” stated the Liga BJJ black belt, with his mother teaching him Jiu-Jitsu at an early age. This training has culminated over the years to officially joining ONE Championship this Thursday at ONE 161. His opponent is a sambo world champion and should be an intense battle for the 2 fighters making their debuts.

As his debut fight, Rodrigo will rely on his years of training and different teachings from multiple instructors, but maybe most, on what his first instructor taught him, his mother. “My mother started training Jiu-Jitsu when she was 40 years old,” he said. “After 10 years of training, she became a black belt and started a social project for underprivileged children in my neighborhood.” With this, he trained in his garage, moving up the ranks as he quickly became enthralled in the world of Jiu-Jitsu.  

Most teenagers today would be pushed away from a sport that their parent coaches, but Rodrigo credits his mother with finding that fine line between coach and parent. “My mother is a teacher who teaches everything she knows with a lot of love, and is firm and rigid whenever necessary, always maintaining good discipline on the mat and trying to help in the best way possible in the training and education of children.”

He also acknowledges that he learned much more than sweeps and submission on those garage mats, “In addition to having learned discipline and my Jiu-Jitsu background from her, the most important thing she taught me was dedication and willpower,” Marello added. “I learned that through her example, and they certainly make a big difference in my career. Every time I think about missing a training I remember all the effort, she made to train and all the effort and dedication she put into each training session.” 

Rodrigo is very orientated toward being on the offensive in his guard fighting style and plans to display it this Thursday against his opponent. 

Make sure to watch Rodrigo’s debut!

How to watch: Thursday, Sep. 29 / ONE’s YouTube channel / 6 AM ET. 

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