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Scott McCann

Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Narcissi Melo Teixeira embodies the ethos of “it’s never too late to start.” Training out of Abi Rihan Jiu-Jitsu, the 73-year old has just earned his purple belt in BJJ.

Although old on the outside, it seems Mr. Teixeira is as young as ever on the inside and quite the athlete, having trained in the arts of Karate, Aikido, and Shaolin. On top of this, Narcissi maintains an active lifestyle through swimming, yoga, and good nutrition.

Speaking to, Teixeira explained how it was that he became a BJJ practitioner:

“I’ve been doing martial arts for many years. I’ve done karate, aikido, and Shaolin. So today I’m graduating to purple-belt. My son is a black-belt and my master. There are two things I think are important to stress in order to practice this self-defense that is BJJ. Good nutrition and physical activity. In order to practice BJJ I do swimming and yoga, and I eat well. I used to be a marathon runner as well. All that has prepared me to be a BJJ practitioner.”

Abi Rihan Jiu-Jitsu seems to be a family affair, with Teixeira’s son, Cristiano, being one of the teachers at the school. Not only did Cristiano introduce his father to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he was also the man who graduated Teixeira.

So, there you go, Champions; it’s never too late to start a new passion in life.


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