Unruly Passengers Beware: This flight attendant is a BJJ champion

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You’ll always feel safe with this flight attendant on board.

If any unruly passengers were to challenge you to “cash me outside,” then Luciana Godoy’s unique skill set would certainly come in handy. That’s because the 30-year-old from Sao Paolo is a BJJ blue belter who recently won double gold at the 2017 Belu Horizonte Open in Brazil.

In fact, even Godoy’s fellow flight attendants know that she’s not one to mess with: “[My colleagues] always ask me about training, competitions, ask me to show some techniques, and always joke, saying they feel safer when they are flying with me.”

Like many BJJ practitioners, Godoy’s journey into grappling began while searching for self-defense lessons. Eventually, her liking for Jiu-jitsu grew into a full blown addiction.

“It didn’t take a long time for me to realize that I was in love with BJJ and decided to dedicate myself for it,” she tells DojoDrifter.com. “I love BJJ because it is always challenging me. It is where I found myself and found a lifestyle that motivates me to evolve everyday. It is my best addiction.”

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Hooked on the “gentle art,” Godoy tries her best to train as often as possible with her team at Gracie Barra Jiu-jitsu. However, constant flights and work obligations tend to keep her in the air and off the mat.

“It’s not easy to match my schedule with training, but like everything in life, if it brings us happiness and we can’t figure out how we could live without it, then we should put an effort and make things happen.”

Focused on putting in as much mat time as possible, Godoy has found a solution to her problem: Bring your gi everywhere.

“My gi is always in my baggage,” she says. “I feel I’m lucky to have the opportunity to train in many places. I made many friends and I’m really grateful because I’m always very welcome with care and respect, and it doesn’t matter if I’m training at a Gracie Barra school or at other teams.”

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Godoy spends plenty of time in the sky but is diligent on improving her ground game. And she believes that the sky’s the limit for anyone willing to put in the work.

“Success in both business and Jiu-jitsu is rented, not owned. The more work you put in, the more successful you become.”

“We should learn how to prioritize things we love to do,” she adds. “If we do what makes us happy, then everyone and everything around us will enjoy and be part of it.”

Photos via Luciana Godoy’s Instagram account (@lugodoy)

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DojoDrifter.com. You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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