Haere mai

You control your inner peace, no one else. 

Modern life is intense. The to-do list never ends. We tell ourselves: if I can get a pay rise, a nicer car, a holiday, I’ll be happy.

We cannot escape life. We must learn how to cultivate peace within.

We know that being mindful brings calm by concentrating fully on the present moment. Mindfulness meditation has roots in Buddhism and has become a common part of psychological therapy. It sounds simple…

As Buddhist monk Phap Dung said, “with a breath, you can bring calm, clarity and rest your thinking.”

Practicing mindfulness is one way to improve emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is the idea that our mind can be trained and conditioned like our bodies and the results are equally, if not more, beneficial.

Your health is your wealth. 

Emotional fitness, mindfulness, mediation… these buzzwords words can put people off. The bottom line is: mental and physical well-being is the foundation of a happy and successful life. 

Techniques are simple but they require an open-mind and practice. 

We are all part of a larger picture. Peaceful and happy individuals make a positive impact in our community.

My story

I studied journalism at university in São Paulo, Brazil. I came to new Zealand in 2009. My intention was to improve my English language skills and return to my career as a journalist. I fell in love with Aotearoa and became a proud citizen in 2019. 

Growing up in a poor area of Araçatuba, Brazilian Jiu-Jistu was my escape.  Training BJJ instilled in me the values of discipline, commitment, resilience and humility. 

I am grateful to share these values with my students at Combat Room. Together with my team, we have established a thriving academy focusing on the emotional fitness of our students, with training that incorporates mindfulness and meditation techniques.  

Off the mats, I have facilitated emotional fitness workshops at Remutaka prison focusing on raising awareness of emotional triggers and managing upsetting feelings. The connections I made with the participants in these workshops inspired me to continue this kind of work as a way to serve my wider community.

I have been a guest speaker at events on the subject of mindfulness in the work place and emotional fitness. In 2018, I began hosting live events with experts in health and well-being.

The success of these events inspired me to set up a podcast (The Rise of the Super Being) as a way to provide access to a wider audience. The Rise of the Super Being podcast invites members of the community who have dedicated their lives to promoting health and well-being to share their diverse and fascinating expertise and experience. 

Ultimately, a healthy tree needs strong roots. The mind is the root of well-being. As an instructor and coach, it is my job to help cultivate physical and emotional strength.