Brazilian JiuJitsu Black Belt 2nd degree
Being born into a family of fighters, his father a Judo and Jiu-Jitsu black belt and his mother a karate brown belt, it was inevitable that his fighting life would start at a young age. Ian Ludgero started when he was just four years old, training Judo with the master José Mario Tranquillini (Panamerican Judo Champion and Ataide’s personal friend and training partner). Fighting was the ideal platform on which Ian could put his energy to good use whilst also bringing him confidence and self-esteem. He practised Judo with Tranquillini for over 10 years.
He officially became a student of his father in Jiu-Jitsu when he was 12 and began to practice Muay Thai with Rodrigo Aguiar, who was also a coach of Constrictor Team. In the following years, Ian participated in some regional tournaments getting his blue at the age of 15.
In 2007, now aged 17, Ian started to take part in the professional MMA team’s training and he received his purple belt in Jiu Jitsu. Following this, he began to assist his father in classes for children and beginners, where he saw his knowledge being tested, which has refined and evolved his knowledge.
He began his degree in Physical Education in the year of 2009, at UniCeub where he learned about human physiology, anatomy and biomechanics. This gave him a better understanding of the body and how it works as an athlete. He acquired knowledge on didactics, psychomotor, ethics and pedagogy, all of which helped him understand the meaning of being a teacher.
In 2011, he began instructing Jiu Jitsu at ‘VIP Training Gym’, also working as a personal trainer and helping to coordinate the fights division. The gym has a friendlier environment for the elderly, women and adolescents. With the MMA and UFC popularisation, interest grew in learning about how to fight. People were curious to learn about fighting but were not ready for real combat. They wanted to practice for fitness and self-defence purposes whilst also understanding the philosophy of fighting.
Ian started to adapt the lessons so that everyone could enjoy the benefits of fighting in a collaborative environment, in partners. Within the partnership there was limited physical contact, reducing common injuries (normal for professional fighters) with the same energy expenditure.
Aged 21, Ian received his black belt in Jiu Jitsu directly from his father’s hand, making him the fourth generation of learning the martial art in Brazil (Hélio Gracie, Armando Wriedt, Ataide Junior, Ian Ludgero). Consequently, he was given permission to teach Jiu Jitsu officially, taking the children and beginners classes. During this time he fell in love with the teaching profession.
In the academic field, Ian produced a scientific paper discussing the importance of teaching martial arts in physical education classes at school. The paper discusses how fighting can benefit someone’s physical and psychological health, and also control bad behaviour. It also clarified the negative myths about fights and explained the positive benefits paired with it.
Ian has also attended classes of the specialised police battalion course, the “Bope”, where his father instructed the Jiu-Jitsu classes, along with his student and course coordinator, Paulo Thiago (former UFC fighter).
Throughout Ian’s career, he has taken part in many competitions in Brazil and continues to do so in Australia. Already, he is standing out in competitions becoming a well-known name within the competing Martial Arts community around Australia.