Thales started his Martial Arts journey at the age of 7 when he began learning and competing in Judo until the age of 10. At that point his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training began. At the age of 19 Thales’s BJJ training got especially intense when he earned his Blue Belt from Luis. After earning his purple belt in 2004 he moved to the U.S. and began teaching. In 2007 earned his Brown Belt and at the age of 30 he was awarded his Black Belt.
Asked why he began studying BJJ Thales says “I was small for my age – somewhat fragile and shy. Because BJJ is designed to overcome strength, size, and athleticism, my father saw BJJ as a way to help me gain strength and confidence. It worked.”
Thales’s talent has carried him all over the world. But it is his skill as an Instructor, not just a practitioner, that has really become known.