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Brocks Jiu-Jitsu coach talks steroid use in sport

The widespread use of steroids at the elite level of BJJ is rarely discussed, but widely known. Below, two-time World Absolute BJJ Champion Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros raises awareness on the issue:

“I am proud to say that I conquered the most important title in BJJ, the Absolute in the Mundial twice and to own the record of fastest submission in a Black Belt final. I conquered all those titles without steroids.

In the 2000 Mundial, minutes before I was to fight one of the most difficult matches of my life, I had to assist in removing an athlete from the competition area. Unfortunately that athlete died inside the stadium due to an overdose of steroids.

I am reaching out because there seems to be a pact of silence between the Federation, the competitors, and especially the press who ultimately has the obligation to denounce these irregularities. “It is well known the use of steroids by athletes of various teams. And in many cases by Champions of our sport, I am not going to name names because I’ve not personally witnessed anyone taking them, however it is pretty noticeable the extremely rapid gain of muscle mass and abnormal reduction of fat percentage by some athletes.”

An athlete using steroids gains more than just physical benefits, they also have technical gains, because they can train 4 times a day and still feel well, while an athlete that is clean trains twice a day and needs to rest to recover naturally. The majority of athletes also have other duties such as being instructors and as such we have to preserve the values like: “Loyalty, Honesty and the Spirit of Sports Fairness”.

We know there is no sport steroids are tolerated and in many Countries it is even a crime to use them except for strict health issues. Of course this is not the first generation to use this type of drug, but it is time we face this issue with seriousness it deserves and we need to set the example for others to come.

I want to make it very clear that in my opinion ANYONE THAT USES ANABOLIC STEROIDS TO BETTER THEIR PERFORMANCE IS CHEATING AND DO NOT GAIN ANY GLORY WITH THEIR CONQUESTS.

Thanks for your time

Sincerely

Rodrigo Comprido Medeiros”

Source: MMANuts

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2 COMMENTS
  • steroids says:

    sadly top atheletes will never tell the truth about their steroid or other PED use we can only hope that some of our heroes don’t dope but we will never know for sure.

  • Steroids were not the reason reason for his death. It may be due to other drugs that are clearly not steroids such HGH IGF, insulin, amphetamines (speed, ephedrine etc), cortisol blockers, EPO, Hemopure etc. There is a clear distinction between these drugs. There is no recorded death attributable to anabolic steroids if classified correctly. I agree that is still cheating, maybe competitors need to urge the federation to implement random drug testing to IOC guidelines to combat this. Rembering drug testing at an IOC level is expensive, problematic and requires full co-operation of the various countries and federations that partake in the sport.

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