Mikey Musumeci Has Valuable Advice for Parents of Kids in BJJ

SUMMARY

  • Mikey Musumeci is a grappling phenom who is performing for ONE Championship.
  • Mikey has some valuable advice for parents whose children practice Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion Mikey Musumeci has participated in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the majority of his life, and with the accolades he’s accumulated, his word carries some weight.

Musumeci will return to action at ONE 167 on Prime Video on Friday, June 7, inside Bangkok, Thailand’s Impact Arena as he locks horns with the last man to beat him in Gabriel Sousa in a non-title bantamweight submission grappling affair.

Long before he wrestled the Brazilian, “Darth Rigatoni” had to find his way to BJJ through other sports outlets. His mother was not a big fan of him competing in such a physical sport, like many other parents.

Parental guidance is always a crucial element in a child’s upbringing, but when it comes to a sport like wrestling, Musumeci believes parents should relax and allow the children to decide for themselves whether it is for them or not.

“I think a lot of parents push their kids too much to do certain things, and then you’ll see the kid end up quitting jiu-jitsu because they hate it. It has to come from within. The parent has to do a good job of getting the child to choose what passion they want and stick with it. It has to come from the child,” he said.

“Don’t tell your child they have to train. What you’re going to do is you’re going to go train, and you’re going to take your kid sometimes, but you’re going to make it your cool thing, and then your kid is going to want to do it because it’s your cool thing. , and he will want to do what you are doing.”

The five-time IBJJF World Champion took up the martial arts at the age of four. Since then, chasing greatness has been a quest created by him, and him alone. And being given the freedom to find his sport allowed him to reach the world’s biggest stage.

Mikey Musumeci reveals that his mother hated seeing him do submission Grappling

When ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion Mikey Musumeci first stepped on the mats at the age of 4, his mother thought the grappling art would be a good way to boost his confidence. But she never anticipated that his love rivalry would be revived.

Musumeci developed a thirst to compete and put his skills to the test. And as his confrontations began to become more physical in his teenage years, his mother begged him to stop competing. But the foundations were laid. “Darth Rigatoni” would not stop, because his success was only inevitable from there on.

“My mom didn’t even want me to compete. I was like 13, 12 years old. She’s like, ‘Please, don’t compete anymore.’ She hated it, she was horrified that I was competing,” Musumeci said.

“She’s like, ‘Okay, just win one more tournament and then don’t compete anymore, please.’ I’m going to compete at NAGA right now, and I’m like, ‘Mom, I want another belt.’ I won another belt, so I fought again and then I would win a belt. And then I’m like, ‘Wait, wait, one more tournament, please!’ And then I ended up just continuing to compete.”

Musumeci steps inside the Circle again on Friday, June 7, to accept Gabriel Sousa in a non-title bantamweight submission grappling contest. The Brazilian was the last man to beat Musumeci, so there’s no doubt the American will have plenty of motivation going into Bangkok, Thailand’s Impact Arena next month.

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