Pre-ADCC interview: Alexander Tráns


You qualified to ADCC World Championship by winning the +99 kg weight class at ADCC European Championship 2012. Can you tell us about the matches that led you to the gold?
I had 4 fights, in the first one I finished with a choke from the back, in the second I took the back and won on points, in the semi I finished with a Kneebar, and in the final I passed the guard 3 times and mounted, and won on points. Here are the links to the fights:

How has your last grappling year been like?

I won my weight-class and got bronze in the Absolute at the European Open, got silver at the Pan, and bronze at the Worlds. I had some visa-problems in the beginning of the year, so I couldn’t travel to Brazil and train for the big championships as I usually do, so that made it difficult to prepare properly. Then 1 week before the Pan, I hurt my lower back really bad and had problems just walking straight for a few days. After the Pan I traveled to train with my teacher Helder Medeiros ”Bob Esponja” in Abu Dhabi and the rest of the guys there, and had really good training, but my injury kept bothering me a lot the following weeks, and I was actually considering not doing the Worlds, because the pain was so severe that I could barely train. But thank God it got better, and I was able to have about a month of good training before the Worlds. After the Worlds I had some time to heal my injuries, and now I’m feeling good.

How are your preparations for ADCC 2013 going?
I started preparing last week (8 weeks out). I’m training 3 times a day Monday-Friday here in Denmark right now, doing Submission Wrestling in the morning and at night, and physical preparation in the afternoon, and then I’ll be doing the rest of my preparation in Abu Dhabi as I’ll be moving there shortly to teach in the Jiu-Jitsu project there. There I’m going to have a lot of really tough training partners, and a really good teacher as well helping me, so I’m hoping to be sharp for the ADCC.

What are your main focus in the preparations?
My main focus is adapting my game to No-Gi, and the ADCC-rules, that are different from the IBJJF-rules, and on takedowns and conditioning as there is minus-points for pulling guard and the fights often times are pretty long with the over-times and everything.

What is your thoughts of the competitor list in your weight class, any names you are missing?
It looks tough as always, every fight is going to be really difficult, so I’m looking forward to fighting.

Who do you see yourself facing in the final?
I don’t know, I don’t care about who I’m going to fight, I’ll just focus on myself and fight one fight at a time, and see how far I can make it.

Favorite submission?
I don’t have any specific.

Any last words?
I’d like to thank my sponsors Keiko and KnockOut Sports for supporting me.