Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been gaining popularity in the recent years in Ukraine.
Thus, for example, only in Kiev there are several dozens of the BJJ sections. Moreover the first Ukrainian Academy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will be opened in Kropivnitskii city in the nearest future.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu changes not only the country's sport map, but also people's lives. The programmer Ievgen Skyrda even left his IT profession because of his new passion – BJJ. Now he is a coach in the SC “Borets” (Kropivnitskii). Ievgen Skyrda has already raised the champion of Europe and three World champions. Moreover, recently three more sportsmen have become champions during the tournament that took place in Great Britain.
“I was engaged in the IT sphere for more than 10 years, but had left it about two years ago,” - Skyrda said. – “I have completely devoted myself to my club and fighters. I think that person must do what he wants and loves. Even though now I earn less, but I am really happy person”.
Before the coaching carrier Skyrda had practiced judo. But after a knee injury, he started to go in for BJJ. He received a great experience from the Ukrainian masters and even studied BJJ in Brazil.
The ex-programmer plans to create the Academy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for children in Kropivnitskii city. It will be a three-floored school for about 500 people. Now the club is visited by more than 150 participants.
It is worth noting, that BJJ is very popular in the Western world. For example, the headquarter of Google has a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym. Office workers are coached by Milton Bastos (the owner of the black belt). The same BJJ trainings are also conducted for the Facebook employees.