Last Sunday, the martial arts have lost a great teacher, especially for the Northeast region, as Bruno Gouvea died, important coach of big names in MMA. On the day completing 32 years old, the kickboxer suffered a car accident while returning from the interior of Rio Grande do Norte. Bruno Gouvea was known for having trained elite athletes, as Renan Barao, Ron Markes, Sergio Jr., Rony Jason and brothers Patrício e Patricky Pitbull.
Several athletes coached by Bruno Gouvea credit him what they know in striking, as the Bellator athlete Patricky Pitbull, who splits his training on his own team and Team Nogueira, while in Rio de Janeiro. "He was my first coach, graduated me striking. All I know in striking standing owe to him, all aggressiveness that I have is all due to him. My brother (Patrick Pitbull) too."
In addition to sharpening the athletes in Kickboxing , Bruno Gouvea also rode the fighting strategies. "Always killed the other guys strategy. Excellent corner, good friend. I have nothing to speak ill of him, and I believe anyone. A simple guy, humble, hardworking, great MMA coach. Until Jair Lourenco said that wanted him in his academy. "
The link between Patricky Pitbull and Bruno Gouvea was very strong, as well as trainer and coach, he still was a personal friend. "I'm not sleeping right. Wake up every night, frightened, always remember him", said the fighter, who also spoke that Rogerio Nogueira thought of bringing him to train athletes of Team Nogueira.
Bruno Gouvea was veiled in the place where the academy Kyoto Rio Grande do Norte functioned, which according Patricky Pitbull, was the preferred by the master. At his funeral, the coffin was carried by several fighters, including Patrick Pitbull fighter who'll train to compete for the Bellator belt.
Besides the Pitbull brothers, Bruno Gouvea also trained athletes from Kimura Nova União, which is led by Jair Lourenço. Among the fighters of the team are the UFC athletes Renan Barão e Rony Markes, who left a message on his Facebook in memory of the master.
"I'm speechless and I'm still wondering several things and reflecting in silence the real meaning of life! Remembering his words, teachings, and his heart. It's very easy to honor, say good things, and ready-made and beautiful phrases when we lose. We lost in fact, the opportunity to appreciate, recognize his work, his value, thank God I did very little for him, but what I did was with open heart. Unfortunately he deserved more, and went, leaving his mark, his irreverence, his unique way, funny and well mood. Thanks Bruno, the pain of loss was big, but the memories will last forever. Hold the hand of God and rest in peace", Ron Markes posted.
Another fighter formed by Bruno Gouvea is the experienced athlete of Renovação Fight Team, Sergio Junior,, who has 24 wins in 35 fights in MMA career. "What to speak about Bruno Gouvea? To many he was a master, teacher, friend. Was a brother to me. Still remember when I arrived at his house, myself, Jorge and Netinho Pegado, to train at that very poor place, fill with holes in the floor. And now I see his athletes shining in the events. A brother who always encouraged me and if I were to fight Mike Tyson, he'd look at me and say: 'Look at me! You will knock him out! You will feint a jab and put a right cross and then a cross from the left and then we'll celebrate'".
The leader of NKimura Nova União, main team in Northeast, was a rival, but a friend of Bruno Gouvea. "The Northeast MMA will never be the same, Bruno besides being a great teacher was an example of posture. The biggest proof is that his students have always been the toughest opponents of Kimura NU, our teams made the toughest fights here in Natal and we always respect eacho other. He was an honorable opponent so much that we talked almost every day, which makes me more sad is that he died when he would begin to be recognized internationally for the work of his students: The Pitbull brothers and TUF athletes Ronny Jason and Gasparzinho.
"He was a man so humble that even though was a master and his birthday made a point to go in the bucket when the truck ran over him turned and broke his neck. We are all very saddened here in Natal, so have decreed mourning and didn't let anyone open the doors here in the northeast. MMA has suffered an irreparable loss", said Jair Lourenco, who also said. "He was a disciple of Renan Barao father, the Netinho Pegado."