ROBSON MOURA - A MAN WITH A PLAN
By Deborah Markel
Itâ€™s not the size of the dog in the fight, itâ€™s the size of the fight in the dog. â€“ Mark Twain
For a guy who tops out at 5â€™5â€ in his flip-flops, Robson Moura is definitely not afraid of heights.
Having grown up in the Pimentel favela of Teresopolis, on a misty mountain outside Rio, Moura now stands on top of the world of BJJ. And in a sport where inspiring stories are common, Mouraâ€™s stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Being from the favela is something that non-Brazilians (and privileged Brazilians) have a hard time grasping. We have bad neighborhoods in Cleveland. Big deal.
But as Rio native Eduardo Rocha said when comparing a sketchy Oakland arondissement to the favelas of Brazil, â€œYou call this a bad neighborhood? This is Disneyland.â€
The favela doesnâ€™t just spell poverty, it represents isolation from society.
Moura describes in his Youtube video â€œLife in the Favelaâ€ how Brazilâ€™s shantytowns are a world unto themselves. People are born there, go to school there, work there, and die there.
But if Robson Moura didnâ€™t want to die in the favelaâ€”and he could have, with the stray bullets whizzing by his headâ€”he definitely didnâ€™t want to live there....READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE>