BRAVE CF’s Gabriel “Fly”: Featherweight Contender and YouTuber

With the majority of the world’s population in lockdown, people have been trying to find new ways to keep their routines or at least develop a new way to perform the same old tasks, given the limitations of movement and gathering.

That’s also the case for BRAVE CF Featherweight Gabriel “Fly” Miranda. The Brazilian BJJ black belt has been trying to make the best out of this challenging moment.

“Unfortunately, given the situation we’ve been living, I had to change and adapt”, Fly said. “Of course there are positives and negatives, like anything else. It’s tough, though, because this is a really dramatic situation, but I’m still trying to make the best out of it. I’m trying to learn new things with the spare time I have now. My goal is to leave this lockdown with new skills and knowledge”.

Miranda also shared how he’s being able to keep his training going, despite the several restrictions. “I managed to keep my training routine or at least part of it. I split them with responsibility, of course, most of them are indoors, at my own place, and some are done in open areas near my home. Mostly, I’m doing boxing and cardio during the last weeks”, he said.

“It’s being good too, because I’m a jiu-jitsu black belt, so I can take advantage of it and sharpen my hands”, Gabriel continued. “At the end of the day, we end up having almost no contact whatsoever while training boxing, especially if you compare it with grappling. In addition, the pieces of training are more like correcting moves and techniques, without sparring. I’m doing functional training with a tennis ball to improve speed and flexibility. Those are all good trains but all with limited to zero contact”.

Having found a way to adapt to the situation, Gabriel Fly admits he misses the regular training routine, especially the Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which is his main martial art and launched him to combat sports. “Of course, because I’ve spent years and years dedicating myself to professional sports, I do miss what the contact limitation has taken away from us, for example, I used to have two or three jiu-jitsu training a day and nowadays is unfeasible to have even one. That being said, we understand and follow the recommendations, of course”.

To sum up, Fly also shared how he has been using his free time to develop other activities apart from martial arts. “I have been trying to challenge myself. For what I decided to start something new and reactivate my YouTube channel. Back in the day I only used to post highlight videos and some fights over there but know I decided to take a step further and produce content, share my routine, daily life, thoughts, and situations I’ve lived as well. I invite you all to take a look at it, all you have to do is to search for ‘Gabriel Fly MMA’ and if you all subscribe and like my videos, I may become a successful Youtuber during the lockdown (laughs)”.

Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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