Antonio Carvalho is a UFC veteran. He holds a 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Master Sylvio Behring. A professional MMA competitor for over a decade, Antonio has trained and competed worldwide. Ranked among the world’s top 10 in his division (Featherweight) between 2005 and 2007, he was also labeled "Shooto Tetsujin" (Sage/Ironman) by the Japanese mixed martial arts fans.
Antonio has competed in every aspect of combat sports, including grappling, kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts. Highly sought after for his vast knowledge and technical expertise, he has coached and cornered many of the world’s top mixed martial artists.
A strong advocate against bullying due to his own experiences, he has often delivered anti-bully presentations at both elementary and high schools. He also shares his experiences at boys and girls clubs within his community in an effort to make a positive impact on youth.
Born and raised in Canada, Carvalho moved to Portugal at age 9, attending middle and high school there. Originally optimistic about the big move, he and his elder brother, Jorge, quickly met with adversity while trying to settle into their new life.
“We just didn’t know how [to integrate]. I didn’t know why we were being bullied and beat up and why no one would help us, even if we asked. School was difficult, too, because teachers told me that I wasn’t going to amount to anything because I couldn’t speak Portuguese very well and because I didn’t understand how life was there,” recalls Carvalho. I was spit on, punched, kicked you name it. It was a regular occurrence for me to walk outside and get bullied.You feel helpless when you cant defend yourself so when I went to a child psychologist he told me I was a happy kid who was very sad so he put me on anti depressants which made me feel like a zombie and things didnt get any better. My parents finally moved me back to Canada and once I hit the mats I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
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